Machine Learning is
in our DNA.


Machine Learning is
in our DNA.

Our Story

Our stories are as diverse as the world’s. And delivering quality stories to the world is our business.

The engineering problem:

How do you deliver the world’s most important information to the people who need it automatically, in real-time? How do you determine what makes a quality story or what people want to read? This is a problem both on a planetary and individual scale, and requires many different disciplines to solve.


Key stats:

  • 10M+ articles analyzed, categorized and evaluated per day
  • Billions of channel interactions and article pageviews generated per month
  • 50% DAU/MAU (users love our newsfeeds more than mobile games)
  • 30M+ downloads
  • 300+ US publisher partners
  • $90M in funding from GREE, Atomico, Globis Partners, Mixi, Development Bank of Japan

Open Positions in our San Francisco Office:

We are looking for creative engineers and product managers with the following specialities:

+Software Engineer, Android


Want your work to be seen by millions of users around the world? SmartNews has won numerous awards for its design and has been downloaded by more than 30 million people!

We’re looking for a talented Android engineer who wants to build the world’s greatest news app—and help us deliver quality information that matters to humankind. Together, we’re working to break through the filter bubble and eliminate fake news. Join us and write code that makes a difference.


  • Write clean and maintainable code for our Android application (Java, Kotlin)
  • Collaborate with teams in Japan and the US
  • Rapidly prototype new features

Minimum Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience in Android application development
  • Solid work experience in consumer product development
  • Deep understanding of UI design, data modeling and networking, as required in client application development
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in team management and/or as a tech lead
  • Interest in journalism and news media
  • Ability and willingness to communicate internally and externally (wiki, blog posts, etc.)
  • Bonus: ability to speak and write Japanese or being interested in Japanese culture
+Software Engineer, Machine Learning


  • Write server-side production code for applications that are robust and high-volume
  • Research and solve various technical problems, including information extraction from unstructured text, categorization, and de-duplication
  • Build ranking algorithms for news articles
  • Develop internal analytics tools
  • Rapid prototyping

Minimum Qualifications

  • Over 5 years of solid work experience in natural language processing, classification, search, and/or recommender systems
  • Expert coding abilities in multiple programming languages (e.g. Java, C++, Python, Scala)
  • MS or BS in computer science, mathematics, physics or other quantitative fields

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with distributed analytic processing technologies (e.g. Hadoop, Hive, MapReduce, Spark, Solr/Elasticsearch)
  • Experience with cloud based architecture (e.g. Amazon Web Services)
  • A Strong Plus: Experience with distributed analytic processing technologies (e.g. Hadoop, Hive, MapReduce, Apache Spark, Solr/Elasticsearch)
  • Strong interest in news media and our mission
+Software Engineer, Service Backend


  • Design and implement core backend systems
  • Analyze and improve stability, efficiency, and scalability of various systems

Minimum Qualifications

  • Over 5 years of experience in backend development
  • Coding experience in Java, Kotlin, or Scala
  • Experience operating and maintaining a JVM-based application
  • Experience developing on top of a web framework (e.g. Spring Boot, Ruby on Rails, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with AWS
  • Experience developing and operating a high-traffic web service
  • Good understanding of JVM internals
  • Strong interest in news media and our mission

Company Info

  • Founded: June 2012
  • Summary: SmartNews is the news discovery app designed to deliver the top trending stories that matter most using machine-learning
  • Mission: Delivering the world’s quality information to the people who need it
  • Number of Employees: 100+ in Japan and U.S.
  • Users: 30 million downloads
  • Investors: Atomico, GREE, Mixi, Social Starts, Globis Capital Partners, Development Bank of Japan
  • Funding: Series D, $90M raised to date

The Problem

  • News can change the world – but not if it isn’t read. Out of tens of millions of articles and tweets, how can we pick the top ten that matter the most, right now? How can we make it easier and more engaging for everyday people to get to the stories they really want to read? How can we create a sustainable model for publishers? How can we avoid the filter bubble of personalization and widen people’s interests and knowledge of the world?
  • As Spotify did for music and Hulu did for TV, SmartNews is creating an entirely new model for the news industry. Our Google-sized mission is to evaluate (in real-time) what makes a quality story and deliver the stories that matter to people who need it.

The Solution

  • SmartNews is powered by machine learning algorithms that evaluate more than 10 million articles and social signals a day to deliver only the most interesting and important stories. SmartNews intelligently categorizes these stories into business, technology, lifestyle, entertainment, sports, and world tabs. A built-in channel store allows users to add official news channels from top publications including USA Today, TIME, VICE, Fast Company, and many others.
  • The free app pre-loads and caches news stories, allowing you to read in places with spotty internet connection or no internet connection at all (such as remote locations, trains, and airplanes) – it is simply the fastest news app available.
  • SmartNews has strong partnerships in place with news content providers and publishers with a very unique model that allows publishers to keep 100% of article traffic and ad revenue.
  • These relationships, coupled with an elegant design and user experience, a high degree of customizability, and an app that requires no internet connection, puts SmartNews at the top of the news category – with an incredibly high mobile engagement rate that rivals Twitter and Facebook.

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