So this is interesting. If Snapchat is banned in China, then why is Snapchat hiring there? Apparently, Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc., is opening a technology office in Shenzhen to focus on Spectacles. This is their camera-equipped sunglasses that enable the user of the sunglasses to send pictures to their Snapchat accounts.
This new office employs about 20 people already and its focus is on research and development. Now, the US startup is looking for engineers to join their “first core team in China” as the recruitment ad says. They identified that their ideal candidates would have experience working for one of China’s big technology firms: Alibaba (BABA, Tech30), Baidu (BIDU, Tech30) and Tencent (TCEHY).
Another very appealing incentive is that the Shenzhen employees could also have the opportunity to transfer to Snap’s US team.