About IO

"It is a myth that individuals start companies. Teams start companies… especially innovation driven enterprises."
- Bill Aulet

At io we conceptualise, build and commercialise tech innovations that we believe will bring the power of the internet to the world in new and useful ways. Our ultimate vision is to harness our relentless curiosity and yearning for learning to become bold discoverers and problem-solvers for society.

Consent

Consent is a stealth-phase UK based client doing incredible things in the personal information space. Together we’ve built a highly scalable platform augmented by the Ethereum blockchain. Our experience in information security, cryptography, and complex DevOps environments has been crucial in the ongoing success of the project.

DevOps

Proper deployment and integration are what separates us from the animals. Our infrastructure is defined in code, saved in git repositories, perfectly reproducible, atomic and always scalable. Smaller projects get to run on our shared infrastructure and larger ones have custom setups. We are cloud agnostic but do prefer the Google cloud.

Progressive Web Apps

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) is how we need to get the next billion emerging market mobile phone users truly engaged online. PWAs are far better at reaching and engaging the mass market than traditional native apps, because they are far more cost-effective for data-strapped consumers. They work on all operating systems, browsers and phone types, in the browser like a website, yet have all the bells and whistles of native apps such as push notifications - which should be standard for all operating systems very soon. It’s the way forward for the coming decade.

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Tephra

A RADIUS server that integrates deeper into applications. It has been tried and tested in production with major bursts of RADIUS traffic. RADIUS is an old school protocol, Tephra brings it closer to your modern application.

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Passmarked.com

Passmarked was born out of our quest for perfection and love of quality. There was no way to determine whether anyone’s work stood up to standards and best practices so we created it. Passmarked scores how well your site works and a better score means a better performing site driving more sales and user engagement.

Visit passmarked.com

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NProbe Collector

Nprobe Collector was written in Go. It analyses and aggregates TCP traffic according to its source and destination IP addresses using the NetFlow protocol. The objective is to see how bandwidth was used and then potentially treat certain locations differently in terms of pricing.

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UX

Ultimately, everything we build interfaces with people. From concept all the way through to quality assurance, we take note of why and how people use things and try to improve the journey. Most users are unaware of what a good user experience is, but everyone knows what it is not. We aim to allow your users to engage with you, blissfully ignorant.

Software Development and Engineering

15 years of software development experience can turn your ideas into reality. We work with large multinationals and small startups to build scalable, amazing software. We don’t shy away from difficult problems. Speak to us if you’re deploying satellite solutions to rural Nigeria or building the next mobile retail experience in New York.

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Design

Design is an integral part of the process of conceptualisation, development and execution of ideas at io. It is not a separate process or an afterthought. io is home to a team of talented and dedicated designers who constantly try to raise the bar on interactive digital design, product design, user experience, branding and brand development, and other areas of design that bridge the gap between tech and humans.

Blockchain

As great believers in the collective power and value of the Internet, we are hedging our bets that Blockchain is the one of the world's greatest new technological revolutions - one that is here to stay. And we're not just watching from the sidelines, we are joining the revolution. We’ve built production systems on top of Ethereum, the fastest growing blockchain, and understand how the blockchain and crypto-currencies can enable previously impossible businesses.

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Rover

Discovery has become too easy. 50 years ago, before the Internet and GPS, people explored the world around them, often walking somewhere just to see what was there. Rover is an experimental app that tries to reignite a sense of exploration and problem solving.

Can you find one of our fascinating locations when the only piece of information you’re given is how far away you are? Once you’re close enough we’ll tell you why you’re there.

App coming soon

Experienced Node.js Developer

We are always looking for developers that have built business critical Node.js apps to join us. This is an opportunity to embrace your passion for new web technology and to be part of a fearless team.

AP3K

There are three fundamental challenges in making the Internet accessible to everyone: Internet capable hardware (eg. a mobile phone), network coverage and the cost of data.

We’re working with partners to provide cost-effective internet access and free life-changing content to the underdeveloped communities who need it the most.

Graphic / UX Designer

We are looking for a Graphic / UX Designer. Our ideal candidate has knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator; the ability to create strong concepts; experience in web design and UX best practices; passion for innovation; and, should be able to push creative boundaries while staying within CI guidelines.

Breakpoint

Breakpoint Vantage is a service provider to the financial services and telecommunications industry. Our design and communications team worked with them to develop a concise methodology to communicate their products and develop a design language for their business.

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Hurt

Embracing failure is an important part of growth. Hurt is a collection of software built to stress test our platforms to the breaking point. We use Hurt to identify our weaknesses, fix them and then Hurt ourselves again until we are the most scalable and resilient we can possibly be.

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Frontend Engineer & JavaScript guru

We are looking for an adept JavaScript developer to join our team. The candidate should be willing to actively participate in the evolution of our technologies and products, help identify and recommend best practices, have the ability to analyse and define requirements and translate them into technical specifications and architecture.

Skilled Laravel Developer

IO is looking for a mid to senior level PHP developer with strong experience in Laravel to oversee the development and maintenance of new projects. You'll be tasked with creating standalone web-services that power frontend projects, as well as fully integrated applications.

Hand Coder, Wanted

We are looking for a HTML & CSS expert. A master of sorts. A hand coder, if you will.

The ideal candidate should be able to apply his skills to all web interfaces including responsive design with minimal interference from the design team and take verbal instructions.

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Lava

Lava is a stadium grade Wi-Fi hotspot solution. Purposely built to support large amount of concurrent connections and the widest range smartphones. It includes a variety of authentication methods including Social Media Oauth logins, rich media such as video streaming to phones over Wi-Fi and is built to be customised to specific needs.

The I|O Powwow

Keep aside the last Friday afternoon of every month, from 3pm - 5pm for a short power talk from great speakers, followed by some good music and drinks with like-minded people from our industry, in and around Cape Town.

We will start off the powwows with topics related to Design, Frontend Development, Backend Development and DevOps but would likely grow to include topics such as Startups and Creative Thinking. All talks and material will be published online. Our list of speakers will include the likes of Johann du Toit and Chris Pitt.

Please join us for an afternoon of fun with design and tech.

Contact Us

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Graphic / UX Designer

We are looking for a Graphic / UX Designer. Our ideal candidate has knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator; the ability to create strong concepts; experience in web design and UX best practices; passion for innovation; and, should be able to push creative boundaries while staying within CI guidelines.

We need a highly motivated individual who takes pride in their work, can deliver work of a high quality and can work within a team as well as on their own. Advantageous skills include HTML5, CSS3, and Adobe After Effects.

If you are a designer interested in web interface but like doing work where you get to be creative and use multiple skills, push yourself, work hard and learn a lot, then this is for you.

If you are interested please send your portfolio to [email protected]. Include any relevant experience and information on projects that you have worked on. If you partake in any online communities such as Behance please include your relevant details. Look forward to meeting you!

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Experienced Node.js Developer

We are always looking for developers that have built business critical Node.js apps to join us. This is an opportunity to embrace your passion for new web technology and to be part of a fearless team.

At times, the position does involve direct client communication whose whims will have to be dissected, interpreted and executed. You will also get the opportunity to be part of a team of web developers and work on some other interesting projects.

You will be able to enjoy a relaxed working atmosphere, with free desk space, cafe style tables, breakfast foods, good coffee, flexible working hours and great people.

If you are interested please send us your details to [email protected]. Please include any relevant experience and information on projects that you have worked on. If you partake in any online communities such as StackOverflow or if you have a Github profile, include your relevant details.

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Frontend Engineer & JavaScript guru

We are looking for an adept JavaScript developer to join our team. The candidate should be willing to actively participate in the evolution of our technologies and products, help identify and recommend best practices, have the ability to analyse and define requirements and translate them into technical specifications and architecture.

Excellent verbal and written skills are needed as at times it will be necessary to communicate with our clients and/or our own development teams.

The ideal candidate can provide technical leadership to junior and intermediate colleagues, has strong JavaScript, React and Redux skills, has a good understanding of testing software and comfort in managing their code in a Git repository with a branching workflow.

An added bonus for us would include HTML and CSS, Node.js, React Native and any other framework knowledge such as Angular.

You will be able to enjoy a relaxed working atmosphere, with free desk space, cafe-style tables, breakfast foods, good coffee, flexible working hours, great people and a very central location in Cape Town, amidst loads of cafes, restaurants and bars.

If you are interested please send us your details to [email protected]. Please include any relevant experience and information on projects that you have worked on. If you partake in any online communities such as StackOverflow or if you have a Github profile, include your relevant details.

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Skilled Laravel Developer

IO is looking for a mid to senior level PHP developer with strong experience in Laravel to oversee the development and maintenance of new projects. You'll be tasked with creating standalone web-services that power frontend projects, as well as fully integrated applications.

The ideal candidate can recommend best practices, has a good understanding of testing software and comfort in managing their code in a Git repository with a branching workflow. It is important to us that the candidate has mastered Laravel 5 and higher; has higher level knowledge of relational databases such as MySQL; can set up, maintain and optimise servers through Laravel Forge and deliver robust and fault-tolerant solutions to unique development problems.

Excellent verbal and written skills are needed as at times it will be necessary to communicate with our clients and/or our own development teams.

An added bonus for us would include knowledge of other MVC frameworks, API development and knowledge of project management.

Our working atmosphere is relaxed with free desk space, cafe-style tables, breakfast foods and good coffee. Enjoy flexible working hours and great people, centrally-located amidst the restaurants and bars of Cape Town.

If you are interested please send us your details to [email protected]. Please include any relevant experience and information on projects that you have worked on. If you partake in any online communities such as StackOverflow or if you have a Github profile, include your relevant details.

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Hand Coder, Wanted

We are looking for an HTML & CSS expert. A master of sorts. A hand coder, if you will.

The ideal candidate should be able to apply his skills to all web interfaces including responsive design with minimal interference from the design team and take verbal instructions.

A thorough understanding of usability and web standards is needed.

We welcome a team player, who can put his head down and hand code like a boss, but still produce beautiful results.

Nuff said.

All hand coders, apply to [email protected]

* Please include any relevant experience and information on projects that you have worked on. If you partake in any online communities such as StackOverflow or GitHub, include your relevant details.

* You will be able to enjoy a relaxed working atmosphere, with free desk space, cafe-style tables, breakfast foods, good coffee, flexible working hours, great people and a very central location in Cape Town, amidst loads of cafes, restaurants and bars.