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Startup & High Growth

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  • United States
  • United Kingdom

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Description

Sendwave is a VC backed startup with a mission to make sending money to Africa as easy and affordable as sending a text. In 2017, one billion immigrants worldwide sent over $600 billion home to family and friends, dwarfing foreign governmental aid. In the age of cheap, quick transfers and mobile money people are still trekking to stores to pay fees averaging over 7% for transfers that typically take 24 hours or more to arrive. Co-founded by two Brown and Harvard engineering graduates, Sendwave was launched in 2014, after one of its founders became tired of having to make a physical trip to a store AND pay an additional 10%, to send money to the NGO he was running in Tanzania. The two devised and built an app which allows users to send money instantly from a smartphone to the recipient’s mobile money account in Kenya. Five years on, Sendwave is now available in 5 countries, with plans to expand throughout Africa. In 2016, Sendwave also broadened their scope and began building a mobile money product for domestic markets in Africa, to cater for the 60% of unbanked adults within Sub-Saharan Africa. Launched in Fall 2017, the team are now processing over 200k payments every month. Sendwave has ambitious plans to make Africa the first cashless continent, starting with Senegal and followed by rapid expansions plans throughout Africa in the coming year.

 

Sendwave is looking for a new Growth Manager in UK and US, to rapidly spread the word about services in their existing markets. As Growth Manager, you will join a team to lead user acquisition, utilising your persistence and creativity. This role does not require any past experience working in growth/marketing or for a startup. Successful team members have come from the Peace Corps, NGOs, strategy consulting, investment firms and political campaigns.

 

Role Responsibilities:

 

In your first few months, you'll:

  • Identify the scope of the problems a diaspora community has when it comes to sending money by embedding yourself in the community, building trust, and asking questions
  • Achieve small-scale virality by signing up new users at community events and in social hubs like restaurants and barbershops
  • Use social media, community influencers, and any other methods you see fit to scale the business
  • Work hand in hand with Sendwave's digital marketing team, in charge of paid channels
  • Build and test new user acquisition strategies: defining hypotheses, analysing results, and iterating through new tests as Sendwave optimises user acquisition machine
  • Throughout the above process, help us build the playbook to make country launches even faster and more successful in future markets

This is an immersive role and requires consistent evening work and work on 75% of weekends (Tuesday/Wednesday are the typical off-days for this position). You will be based in USA or UK, with expected travel of 75%.

Criteria

  • Native or fluent in English
  • You must possess the right to work in the US / UK

You might be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy walking into a room of new people and striking up conversations
  • Are comfortable presenting in front of large audiences, and being interviewed on live radio
  • Possess a bias toward action and testing, and are analytical in your approach
  • Quickly absorb new cultural settings and understand how they might impact Sendwave's strategy
  • Are eager to take on an immersive role as this one will require consistent evening and weekend work and a fair amount of travel
  • Are persuasive and can convince others to pursue a course of action
  • Possess strong habits that will keep you energized as you chase specific growth targets over periods of weeks and months in a largely autonomous role

Bonus points if you:

  • Are familiar with the diaspora communities we serve
  • Have experience meeting aggressive numeric targets
  • Are fluent in French

Benefits

  • Highly competitive salary + benefits

About Sendwave

Wave is a VC backed startup with a mission to make sending money to Africa as easy and affordable as sending a text. Co-founded by Brown and Harvard engineering graduates, Drew Durbin and Lincoln Quirk, Wave was launched in 2014 after Drew became fed up of having to make a physical trip to a store and pay an additional 10%, to send money to the NGO he was running in Tanzania. He teamed up with Lincoln and and built an app which allows users to send money instantly from a smartphone to the recipient’s mobile money account in Kenya. Over the last 5 years, their app has allowed Africans in the US, the UK, and Canada to send money instantly to mobile money wallets in Kenya, Uganda, & Tanzania, saving users over 70% relative to Western Union and MoneyGram.  Wave has launched in 5 countries and the team have plans to expand across Africa.

 

In 2016, Wave expanded and began building a mobile money product for domestic markets in Africa. In places where electricity, water and roads don't always work, Wave are creating financial infrastructure that "just works." Their mobile platform in Senegal enables peer-to-peer payments, purchase of goods and services and addresses small business payment needs.  Launched in Fall 2017, Wave are now processing over 200k payments every month. Their goal is to make Africa the first cashless continent, starting with Senegal. 

 

Backed by world-class investors including Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, Y Combinator, and the cofounders of PayPal. Wave has grown quickly and now boasts a HQ team of ~30 people who are deeply passionate about their mission of bringing great financial services to the people who need them most. They now have a Country Office in Senegal with a team of  about 70 people and have recently opened another Country Office in Cote d’Ivoire.