Our Story

After graduating high school, my son traveled across India. He invited me along. We visited a rural orphanage, toured the Taj Mahal and trekked in the Himalayas. Throughout our journey, people greeted us with warm hospitality and eagerly shared their fascinating and unexpected stories.

This triggered a thought. What if everyone could hear these stories? Not read about them, actually hear them. And what if everyone could share their own story, whether with family and friends, or the entire world? This simple idea gave birth to Voqel. In a sea of texts and status updates, let’s give the world a voice.


The Voqel Team

Voqel is the handiwork of a passionate team of entrepreneurs and technologists based in California and Florida. Our founders have long involvements in technology, communications and media, and have launched innovative and highly successful new businesses. We have a terrific group of advisors, investors and friends.

Chris Russell, CEO and founder
Chris sets the overall vision and guides day-to-day operations. He loves a good story and is excited about elevating spoken expression in our everyday lives.
Marvin Scaff, CTO and co-founder
Marvin leads our product development. He has a terrific track record of innovation with longtime interests in machine learning, NLP and semantic technologies.

Jobs at Voqel

In addition to creating great products, we’re creating a great place to work. We believe every voice matters and we’re deeply committed to help people share their ideas and stories. If you can make a substantial contribution to our mission and have an outstanding record of accomplishment, we’d love to hear from you. We are currently looking for people with skills in the following areas:

Software Engineering – We have a small team of talented engineers creating the world’s best platform for spoken expression. Our projects are varied and fast-paced, requiring skills in large-scale application development in mobile and consumer web environments. Requires a degree in Computer Science or equivalent technical experience, plus a minimum of 5 years product development experience.

User Experience – We believe people will share their stories if the tools are fun, natural, easy-to-use and trustworthy. Our design team must develop insight into user behavior that leads to inspired design and user experience. Positions require solid academic work in human-computer interaction and substantial experience with early-stage product conceptualization and design, both mobile and web. Must demonstrate a strong, clean design sense and outstanding teamwork skills.

Community Development – Our community managers guide strategies and tactics for user acquisition and content development across all user segments. Requires a high level of creativity and self-initiative and proven desire to reach and engage users. Positions require in-depth understanding of online community and social media platforms, and strong analytic, project management and communication abilities. Requires BA degree in related discipline, plus 2 years relevant experience. 

Marketing & Communications – Our marketing team presents our brand to users, advertisers, press and the market at large. Requires in-depth understanding of consumer and social media markets and proven ability to design and execute all facets of marketing consumer web/mobile services. Requires superior communication and interpersonal skills and ability to grasp complex concepts and express them in clear language. Candidates should possess BA degree plus minimum 5 years marketing experience.


All positions are located in San Francisco, California or at our software development lab in Tampa, Florida. If you wish to contact us, please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@voqel.com. Principals only please.

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