supertype consultancy
Raison d'etre

About Supertype

Supertype begins life as a self-funded social initiative, started in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic as a platform to help talents graduating from the software and data science domains land valuable commercial opportunities. In support of that goal, Supertype runs a rigorous development program, along with producing its own set of internal development tools to help its members gain proficiency across the full cycle of AI engineering and software development. We retain our best talents from each cohort of Supertype Fellowship, and put them on commercial projects led- and closely mentored by industry veterans and serial software entrepreneurs. Today, Supertype has year-long contracts with some of the world’s largest corporations, and the tools it authors are deployed in large enterprises across different industries. By combining a deep expertise in software engineering, mathematics / AI and consulting experience, it brings speed of execution from day one of the consultancy cycle.

Supertype develops automation infrastructures and end-to-end analytics for leading organisations in Indonesia and beyond:

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adaro mining
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We are the analytics consultants to some of the region's largest companies and institutions.

The Supertype Identity

Key Values

Supertype is deliberate about how it recruits, train and develop its people — and the environment around its people. We look for a very specific breed of product developers — those who gravitate towards challenges worth solving, who exhibit a natural appetite for self-development, who take pride in their craft, who are perpetual learners. We believe in a broad, lateral skill set. We don’t put ourselves in boxes (“Mobile UX designer”, or “Database developer”, or “Backend developer”), because people are so much more interesting that that. We don’t hire from a checklist. 

We take skill-mastery very seriously.

  1. Take Ownership: Own your success and your failures. Take great pride in the work you do. Treat your customer’s products as your own.
  2. Take the Lead: Start the conversation and take initiatives whether at work or your personal development goals. Don’t be passive. Volunteer for opportunities. Initiate conversation on improving the organization.
  3. Take the Long-Term View:
    Never sacrifice long-term goals for short-term advantages. Treat relationships with clients and coworkers with a long term view. Nurture exceptional talents by investing in their education, and coach them with great patience and consistency. Hire slowly, thoughtfully, for those with the same aptitude for delivering the remarkable and super.
  4. Take longer strides: Once a decision is made, pursue it with vigor and speed. If you’re not in the right mental frame to work, take a break and come back when you’re ready rather than dragging your feet. Long, powerful strides are results of a runner’s strength and habit, so don’t normalize tardiness and sluggishness. Celebrate quick, decisive actions. Speed is a habit.
  5. Bring Trust: Give autonomy and don’t set arbitrary deadlines. Give team mates the freedom to work where and when they want to, and trust them to get the job done. In a high-trust environment, disagreements are frequent and welcomed for the greater good.
  6. Bring Mastery: We don’t believe in arbitrary career levels, only mastery level. You are never done learning. You can always refactor. You build your reputation on pillars of deep mastery and proficiency, not on degrees or prestigious titles. Set extremely high bars for yourself, every time.
  7. Bring Integrity: Don’t do the safe thing; Do the right thing. Insist on a high moral standard. Never compromise.
Supertype hires very slowly, takes no external funding, and operate without a marketing budget or sales team. We’re not in a hurry to triple investors’ returns and have no desire to grow at all costs — not at the expense of our values and team’s well-being.
 
We’re 100% owned by the founders, who to this day lead the team in all aspects of engineering and product development.
Think you'll like working with us?

Apprenticeships at Supertype

You should read our Latitude thesis and our Key Values before applying. We take our values seriously and understand that our philosophy isn’t for everyone.
Spend some time thinking about whether you will enjoy working with us. For example, consider if you do your best work under very structured, hierarchical environments with well-defined deadlines and deliberables.
 
Supertype is a flat organization with a strong emphasis on autonomy and self-management. We actively discourage micromanagement and setting arbitrary deadlines. If you’re the kind of person who thrives in a structured environment, you may not enjoy working with us.
If you think you might be a good fit, send us an email (human@supertype.ai) with your resume and a brief introduction.
 
We don’t require a formal cover letter, but we do want to know why you’re interested in working with us and what you think you can bring to the team. A link to your GitHub profile where we can assess examples of non-trivial code you’ve written is also helpful.
Supertype begin life as a social enterprise, with a founding mission to bring and nurture the best in the region as laid our in the Latitude thesis. We are particularly committed to providing opportunities for those from Indonesia who may not have had the chance to work in a high-growth tech company before.
 
We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you are:
  • A fresh graduate or have less than 2 years of experience in the tech industry
  • Have a strong sense of pride in your work and an aptitude for delivering remarkable work beyond what is expected of you
  • An excellent communicator who is able to articulate your thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely, and who is able to provide and receive feedback in a constructive manner
  • Although we work fully remotely, you are able to work collaboratively and communicate effectively in English and Bahasa Indonesia
If you do not consider yourself qualified yet for the program, you might instead consider our Supertype Fellowship program, which is a peer-to-peer learning program for those who are still in the process of developing their skills.
  1. No matter how busy, we will always personally acknowledge receipt of your application within 24 hours (no automated responses, we hate those!)
  2. We will always provide feedback on your application, even if it’s a rejection
  3. We will be impartial and fair in our assessment of your application, and will always provide a clear rationale for our decisions

Download the Latitude thesis, our worldview on software engineering as a profession. 

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