Engineering Team at Remix

The zip code you’re born in continues to be one of the strongest predictors of your economic mobility. Our team aims to build a more equitable world by expanding access within it. Remix is the first platform for transit and city planning, helping 225+ cities around the world design transit networks quickly, confidently, and clearly.

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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’re changing the way people experience, commute, and live in their city.

    Remix was founded back in 2014 when Tiffany Chu, Sam Hashemi, Dan Getelman, and Danny Whalen were at a Code for America fellowship. They initially bonded by their appreciation for public transit and desire to empower local governments with their knowledge in technology. This has been the foundation for Remixers. While not everyone who joins has a background in urban planning or civic tech, everyone is excited about our products impact and the greater community we are serving.


    Below is our growing collection of public transit tickets from around the world.

  • Continuous Feedback

    Our core company values are CHEF: collaboration, humility, empathy, feedback.

    Continuously giving and receiving feedback is an effect of our collaborative spirit. We’re huge on Dropbox Paper and everything that we have on paper is shared openly with all members of the team so that anyone can comment or edit them. Obviously, aside from confidential HR material, anything that is physical through our paper files is shared. We have two separate engineering teams working on our two separate products. At the end of each sprint, we do thorough engineering retros where we crowd source feedback about what went well and what didn’t using an open, shared document. Our feedback extends beyond engineering and is embedded in how we operate as a company. At the end of our training sessions with our customers, we provide each transit agency with a thorough feedback survey. We truly integrate collecting feedback into everything we do, both internally but externally.

  • Customer Comes First

    Whether you have a background in urban transit planning or not, every employee will visit a transit agency to learn about and understand our customers’ challenges firsthand.

    For the last several decades, city planners and officials have been hand-drawing routes on paper printouts. The process of shifting a bus route a few blocks requires discussions and debates between so many players, from state and local agencies to community groups, can take months. Knowing and understanding this process and the problems our customers face is the first step, and must be done before building out the solutions.


    We are already working with 225+ cities in the US, including San Jose, Oakland, and Boston, and have cities in 9 other countries using Remix including Australia, Canada, and even Iceland. This year, we’re actively expanding our international presence and we certainly can’t do it alone. If you want to join us or reach out for any other reason, we’d love to hear from you!

  • Product-Driven

    Our four founders have product and technical backgrounds.

    Naturally, the vision for the company has always been using technology in a product-focused way. Our mission is to create a product that is beautiful and also functions seamlessly in our customer’s day-to-day. At the core of our business, we are empowering local governments to make smarter and more efficient decisions by way of our product, which is why we care a great deal about the design and functionality. Being product driven does not mean that we’ve slacked on being customer focused. We are here to serve our customers, since this product is made for them. We travel to customers regularly and really value their feedback. By focusing on making this the best product it can be, we are serving the larger community of city planners who plan more efficient cities for everyone who lives in them.


    Check out a demo of our product!

  • Engages with Community

    At this stage, we work closely with every city planner and considering every person who uses public transit in that city. We belong to the communities we serve.

    We love bringing together planners to share best practices. That’s why we’ve recently started working together with several of our customers to host Regional Workshops to connect our transit planning community to each other. We even hosted our first Bay Area Remix Training right here in our San Francisco office. When you live in a place with as many transit agencies as the Bay Area, ongoing coordination between agency staff is a critical element to provide seamless service to customers. We were joined by transit planners from seven agencies across the region including AC Transit, County Connection, Union City Transit, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, WestCat, and Santa Rosa Citybus. We spent an afternoon discussing local projects, Remix best practices, and even a bonus session on how Remix works, under the hood.


    During the Remix best practices session, we opened up Remix maps in each participant’s city and talked through a project, garnering feedback from the group in terms of ideas and tips specific to Remix. The group also got to hear about a few secrets that we’ll be excited to share in more detail in just a few months.

  • Open Communication

    We share everything openly, from financials to feedback and we expect that transparency from all future employees.

    To us, open communication means everything from individuals feeling comfortable speaking up when their opinion goes against the majority to the process by which project decisions are made. All of our communications are out in the open, and we have a rule that you cannot send emails to a fellow Remixer and instead must communicate over Slack where everyone can see. (Emails are only used for people externally.) We use Slack to the nth degree. We invested in our HR team early on, to ensure that all Remixers can be heard. In our weekly company meetings, our team shares updates, wins, and failures, which encourages everyone to be open and honest too. Our office is thoughtfully designed to promote spontaneous collaboration. Next to every pod of desks, we have a break out area, with couches set up facing each other. The focal point of our office is the large picnic tables, designed to host cross collaboration. We thoughtfully put a projector on the wall too, so people can hold open meetings where anyone who is walking by is welcome to spontaneously join.

  • Actively Practices Inclusion

    What does it mean to you to have diversity? To us, it’s spans beyond the categories that the industry measures around gender and race.

    We’re working with very diverse populations of customers, who are then serving very diverse communities within their cities. While we often hear about company diversity being a top-down effort that starts with leadership, we at Remix hope to personalize our diversity efforts for every individual at the company. It shouldn’t feel like another diversity charter that every company is out to do. We aim to have a company that represents the urban community that we serve which includes diversity beyond gender and race, and includes includes diversity in age, background, sexual orientation, political affiliation, and religious views. We’ve set clear diversity metrics and are incorporating training on diversity, inclusion and belonging, and unconscious bias at the company.

  • Eats Lunch Together

    You’re at your desk plenty, come eat your lunch with the rest of us.

    Our team values collaboration and time together as a whole, which is why we have huge picnic tables in the center of our office! It's a chance to socialize with other team members and spend some time away from your desk. You can find yourself having a casual chat with someone on another team about favorite restaurants or a thoughtful debate about a public issue -- either way you’ll enjoy the company of others and a get breather from your work duties. We have catered lunch 2x a week, plus special catered breakfast here and there. We also have a fully stocked kitchen with drinks and snacks.

Values

  • Bonded by Love for Product
  • Continuous Feedback
  • Customer Comes First
  • Product-Driven
  • Engages with Community
  • Open Communication
  • Actively Practices Inclusion
  • Eats Lunch Together

Company Properties

  • B2B
  • Technical Founder(s)

Team Members

  • 2 Designers
  • 15 Engineers
  • 2 Product Managers

Vacation Policy

Take as much time off as you need to. Just make sure to check in with your team.

Tech Stack

Our main app is a Ruby on Rails API, with a Postgres and PostGIS database and a front-end built using React.js. It’s hosted in Heroku. We also have a variety of services built in Python that are hosted on AWS.