Engineering Team at Hustle

Hustle is a peer-to-peer text messaging platform that provides organizations with an affordable, efficient, and effective tool to reach their target supporters and customers. By facilitating two-way conversations, we help users maintain genuine, personal dialogues with hundreds, thousands, and collectively millions of people. As a result, organizations like Planned Parenthood and Sierra Club can scale and humanize the way they rally their users to action.

Job Openings at Hustle

Top Engineering Values

Each team is asked to select, explain, and rank their top 8 values in order of importance.
  • Bonded by Love for Product

    We believe deeply in the work we do and are honored to work with the amazing clients we have!

    We are passionate about our product as well as the organizations that use it. Our clients use Hustle to facilitate two-way conversations with their target customers, users, or supporters and connect in a more meaningful and engaging way. We are incredibly selective about who we partner with and only work with organizations that we truly stand behind. We are proud to build a powerful tool that amplifies the impact that so many amazing organizations are making on the world.


    Here are some of the amazing clients we work with (grouped by vertical):


    • Non-profit organizations: Planned Parenthood, Everytown for Gun Safety, Human Rights Campaign, Sierra Club
    • Higher Education: Amherst College, Northwest University, NYU
    • Labor unions: UFCW Local 653
    • Political campaigns: Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, Doug Jones for Senate
    • Enterprise companies: LiveNation, Lyft
  • Engages with Community

    Many of us Hustlers are activists outside of their day jobs, often using Hustle as part of our activism. (In fact, every Hustler receives a stipend to gift one year of Hustle to any organization of their choosing.)

    We also regularly host community members (like authors, activists, political leaders and candidates) and organizations at our offices. We recently hosted our first Hustle conference, and we’re also passionate about engaging with and promoting diversity in the tech community.


    One of our engineers, Isis Anchalee, actively speaks at tech engagements such as Women Who Code. You might recognize her as the woman who started the “I Look Like an Engineer” movement to promote diversity around underrepresented groups who work in tech as an engineer.


    We’re also a fun and eclectic bunch and it starts at the top. Our CEO Roddy is a DJ and creator of a non-profit called Envelop. We got a slack channel devoted to coffee and astrology. Benjamin Reynolds is a fire performer. We got turntables, karaoke, and even a Killer Queen console for celebrations. We celebrate events like Senator Doug Jones, Pride week, hitting revenue targets :), and even our regular game nights. (Come join us! No pressure! Well, not much pressure...)

  • Impressive Team Members

    We are genuinely proud to have each other as peers.

    It’s best said by Levy Klots, our VP of Engineering: “Our engineering team shares a love for technology; it is our craft, and we care deeply about the impact that it has on the world.”


    At Hustle, you’ll be working with people who have a proven track record of impact, including some of the top software engineers from Facebook, MongoDB, PayPal, and Google with digital organizers from the Obama and Bernie campaigns, and founders of impactful organizations such as Trans Lifeline.


    Whether it’s immigration reform or criminal justice, we are united by our passion to create great impact. Read about why we Hustle on our blog.


    But we don’t just hire for impressive pasts –– we’re here to build an impressive future together. We check egos at the door, roll up our sleeves, and together are creating the Next Big Thing in human communication.

  • Actively Practices Inclusion

    Diversity and inclusion is integral to Hustle’s DNA and culture.

    As our CEO, Roddy Lindsay, puts it:


    "We firmly believe that the success of our business and our product will be determined by our ability to recruit and retain a high-performing team that is diverse at all levels of the company. We do not look like other Silicon Valley companies, many of whom pay lip service to diversity; for us, diversity is a key strategic advantage for our business.


    There is a lot riding on Hustle’s success — more than just the outcome of a single company, Hustle is out to prove that one can build a highly successful business that is truly diverse, civically engaged, mission-driven and powered by impact. And we believe that in the future, successful companies will look less like the companies that are considered iconic today, and look more like Hustle."


    We are proud to have 51% women and 48% people of color at our company, and we measure ourselves not just to create marketing materials and brag, but to also understand where we can and should do more a company. For example:


    • We see the greatest room for improvement in representation in management. We will prioritize solutions that support racial diversity in management and leadership at the company. This aligns with another company goal of supporting transparent pathways for advancement for both individual contributors and managers.
    • In our OKRs we are committed to two equity/inclusion trainings per quarter. We are starting out next quarter with trainings on 1) bias in the workplace and 2) inclusive hiring best practices.
    • In our next survey, based on great team feedback, we plan to offer expanded options for sharing racial background(s), be mindful to not ask questions that reinforce binary genders, and ask more questions to measure “inclusion.”
  • Committed to Personal Growth

    As fast as we’re growing, we're absolutely committed to and depending upon you growing with us.

    As one example of extraordinary personal growth, one of our engineers TJ joined us directly from App Academy. Less than two years in, he is leading our largest product development project this quarter.


    Hustle is in its hypergrowth phase which means two things: everyone is growing with the company, and you will be given as much responsibility as your are willing and able to carry.


    We recognize the importance of cultivating a supportive environment that nurtures learning and growth. We believe strongly in 1-1 mentorship, strong and detailed PR reviews, allocating time and money every year to conferences, workshops and training and anything else that can further your learning. Finally, we don’t have any artificial promotion schedules or limits. This means that if you do new things, carry more responsibility, and grow as a person and professional, you will be recognized and rewarded accordingly.

  • High Quality Code Base

    We have a very experienced team that has built large production systems with billions of requests per day (Facebook, Apple, Google).

    This means we know what’s coming in our future, and we’re continuously planning for that future while also knowing how critical it is to deliver value to our customers today.


    Our experience shows in the way we make choices. Every engineering team is faced with important decisions every day, what matter is how you make them. We don’t trade off “product” against “technology.” Instead, we see it as our task to deliver innovative products to our customers now, while preserving our ability to continue innovating for them in the future.


    We absolutely ship “mvp” products that need follow-up, and sometimes we build a feature on top of existing code that wasn’t really built that well for it. However, we balance these decisions by making bigger investments elsewhere. We create deploy tooling packages and reusable component libraries (which we then open source), and refactor core structures and components before making significant new product investments in those areas. We invest time into building solid test harnesses and coverage, and also replatform core capabilities to stay abreast of industry movements (e.g. we’re moving a lot of stuff from parse to graphQL this year). We have a love for the craft and what we do as a company.

  • Fast-Paced Environment

    We release code live every week and new engineers deliver code immediately.

    With a flood of new organizations signing up to use Hustle every month, things can get hectic. However, we believe that with clear and ruthless prioritization, we can manage through growth. By doing the things that must be done plus the things that you would be crazy not to do, and things generally work out OK :). If it’s not high leverage, we wouldn’t ask or expect you to do it, so you see the impact of your work every day.

  • Rapidly Growing Team

    We started 2018 with roughly 90 employees and are hoping to double in size by the end of the year to 180!

    Our revenue has more than doubled YoY and we closed Series B funding in May 2018, so we’re ready to make some major tech investments on our product and speed our expansion into new markets. We try to add a couple of new engineering team members every month, ensuring we always have people bringing new ideas and perspectives but we also have continuity and everyone can quickly become and remain productive. New team members join existing teams, get a structured onboarding and are invited to contribute immediately (new team members frequently leave our onboarding materials better than they found them; raise our game by introducing new tools, packages, or practices within their first month or two; and our single most significant technology investment of 2018 is being proposed, defined, and lead by three people who have all joined within the last year). Our organization is still flat, but there will also be new leadership opportunities as we grow.


    If you have any questions at all about who we are or what we do, we highly encourage you to apply on our website or reach out to erin@hustle.com directly!

Values

  • Bonded by Love for Product
  • Engages with Community
  • Impressive Team Members
  • Actively Practices Inclusion
  • Committed to Personal Growth
  • High Quality Code Base
  • Fast-Paced Environment
  • Rapidly Growing Team

Company Properties

  • B2B
  • Technical Founder(s)

Team Members

  • 12 Full-Stack Engineers
  • 4 Product Managers

Vacation Policy

Flexible Time Off, we empower you to take as much time off as you need. There’s a high level of trust in this area.

Tech Stack

Products and services are built end to end in JavaScript - React & React Native in front of Node.js over Mongo, which enables you to be as full-stack as you want to be.

Interview Process

Initial impact call with recruiting, technical phone meeting with one of our engineers, and a full day of onsite meetings with the broader team.