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Pocket Gems Overview

San Francisco, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Information Technology
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Pocket Gems is building the next generation of wildly engaging mobile games. Our games are free-to-download, making them accessible to everyone, and pack the most fun per square inch on any gaming platform!

Mission: We have 2 missions: Build the world’s best mobile engineering team & Become a global leader in the mobile entertainment industry.

Company Updates

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  • Chris Luhur (our Director of Marketing) explains the new world of marketing:

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Pocket Gems – Why Work For Us?


We're Serious About Fun

Pocket Gems develops free-to-play mobile games that are addictively fun. We were founded in 2009 by Daniel Terry and Harlan Crystal, engineers and gaming industry outsiders, who wanted to bring the excitement of social gaming to the mobile platform. Our 17+ titles to-date have been smash hits, each landing at the top of the charts and entertaining millions of customers across the globe.

We have two missions:

  • Build the world’s best mobile engineering team – Mobile is the platform of the next decade and gaming will feature some of the most compute- and memory-intensive applications. We want to be the place to work for engineers who are as excited about pushing the limits of mobile software as we are.
  • Become a global leader in the mobile entertainment industry – Over the past 20 years, entertainment has evolved. What once existed only on the TV screen or computer monitor now fits in the palm of your hand. This platform enables experiences never before possible and represents the next wave of innovation in entertainment. Using a combination of creativity and analytics, we want to expand that frontier by delivering the most engaging mobile experiences available.




Create. Innovate. Play.

Working at Pocket Gems

Pocket Gems is hiring! We were founded by engineers and are dedicated to building a company that attracts the best talent in the world.

What Makes Pocket Gems Different?

There are a lot of companies out there, so why choose us?

We’re an incredible group of people – Trust us, we’ve done studies. On top of that, our mothers describe us to their friends as “go-getters” who are “really sharp”.

We’ve got serious technical chops and are passionate about tackling tough challenges – Our team includes contributors to major open source projects and experts in machine learning, computer vision, and complex dynamics. If you look up “wicked talented” in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of us alongside Matt Damon’s character from Good Will Hunting.

Collaborative / fun work environment – We are in gaming after all! We believe in fostering a creative and uplifting work place so the fun spills over into our games. Karaoke nights, hackathons, happy hours, and, oh yeah, we do play a video game or two on occasion!

Profitable since launch – We have the resources to expand our team and continue to drive the evolution of mobile gaming.

We’ve killed it so far… and we’re just getting started – Hidden Agendas, War Dragons, Episode, and more! With new investment partners like Tencent, our future is as bright as ever!

undefinedPocket Gems is looking for the best developers in the world to join us in revolutionizing the mobile gaming paradigm!

As a mobile engineer for Pocket Gems, you will build games and features with rapid release cycles that have an immediate impact, allowing you to reach tens of millions of users instantly.

We are looking for talented engineers who want to:

  • Collaborate closely in small, nimble, cross-functional teams with product managers, artists and designers to define our next generation of games
  • Develop and code innovative features using groundbreaking technologies
  • Enjoy the freedom of writing native applications while exploring the latest cross-platform technologies
  • Participate in all aspects of the project life-cycle, from specifications through release
  • Design and implement scalable, reliable and maintainable technologies for our iOS and Android gaming platforms 
  • Control, manage and analyze big data flows, allowing us to fully leverage our massive data streams
  • Work with brilliant and fun people!


We also offer some awesome perks and benefits:

  • Amazing, open plan office in the heart of San Francisco
  • Convenient Caltrain and BART access
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous medical, dental and vision plans
  • Pimp your computer – Mac, PC, one monitor, two monitor, red monitor, blue monitor. We let you choose your weapon
  • … And, an endless supply of double rainbows.


  • Top 50 Devs

    Founded: September 2009
  • Titles Released: 17 on the iOS platform – And 9 on the Android platform
  • Titles are free-to-play and allow users to personalize their experiences through the purchase of virtual goods
  • iOS titles that have hit the top 10 iOS free apps list: 14
  • Accolades: #1 and #4 Top Grossing Apps in 2011 (Tap Zoo & Tap Pet Hotel)
  • Downloads: 80+ million
  • Amount Raised: $5 million from Sequoia Capital and Angel Investors Michael Dearing (Stanford Professor and former eBay executive), Jeff Fluhr (co-founder and former CEO of StubHub), and Omar Hamoui (co-founder and former CEO of AdMob)
  • Founders: Daniel Terry and Harlan Crystal
  • Board Members: Daniel Terry (CEO), Harlan Crystal (CTO), and Jim Goetz (Sequoia Capital)
  • Case Sutdies: Google App Engine, Twitter

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    "Cool office....but very Clicky"

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    I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time (More than a year)


    Good company to work for, they try to take care of their employees. Lunchs are provided and it's a cool working enviroment (office wise). The CEO seems like he's got his head on right and the company is growing like crazy.


    It is definitely a millenial run place. The groups are very clicky and trying to fit in can be a challenge for "older styled" workers. And the office is not definitely geared toward workers with families.

    The pay is much lower than market. But they try to make it up with other amenities.

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Pocket Gems Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at Pocket Gems.


    They let you do Lytmus Challenge online first which is a Linux based online virtual machine. You can do it either in your browser or on your own OS with their app. There were two questions you need to finish in 75mins or more.

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Pocket Gems Awards & Accolades

  • Top 50 Developer, PocketGamer, 2012
  • Top Grossing App of 2011 (#1 Tap Zoo and #4 Tap Pet Hotel), Apple, 2011

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