Engineering is an inherently creative discipline and our knowledge of technology informs how projects take shape. That’s why it’s so important that engineers at Upstatement are involved starting at the earliest project phases. Engineers don’t just await orders from designers; we’re actively brainstorming alongside them, pointing out opportunities and risks, and proposing creative solutions. For any given project you might find yourself leading an interview with a technology stakeholder, facilitating an architecture activity during a workshop, or persuading a client why a particular tech stack meets their needs during a creative brief share.
Since the first industrial robots were introduced in the 1960s, millions have been deployed globally. Their impact is undeniable. Robots have automated countless dangerous, repetitive tasks, transforming manufacturing, but they've only reached a fraction of their potential. Incapable of thinking on their own, they can only do pre-programmed tasks in tightly-controlled environments. They can't understand, learn, or adapt. Covariant was founded in 2017 to change this.
Building on our experience at Berkeley and OpenAI, our vision is the Covariant Brain: universal AI that allows robots to see, reason, and act on the world around them. We’re bringing the Covariant Brain to commercial viability, starting with the industries that make, move, and store things in the physical world.
Our approach is rooted in the following principles:
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Connecting fintechs with banks to build great financial products
San Francisco, CA or Remote (US)
Banking can be a very dry subject, with many arcane corners, but doing it right is a powerful lever for change. We’re talking about modernizing 19% of the entire U.S. economy and that should excite you!
Banks and their customers in the U.S. are often woefully behind, stuck using the first-generation technology from 30 years ago. None of these systems are connected, but we're trying to create a unified platform that can enable any fintech, as well as the bank itself, to build on top of it.
We’re not starting with a blank sheet of paper; instead, we’re starting with a tangle of multiple long pieces of yarn and trying to make a sweater. It takes some creativity (and bravery) to see the tangle, envision the sweater, and dive in to make it happen.
If you love (or can learn to love) building a product that empowers developers and banks to build new products, then we'd love to hear from you!
At Academia, we love to learn together. We’re looking for people who think outside the box and are willing to collaborate to attack problems from all angles. As an engineer, you can expect to brainstorm with product managers, designers, and user researchers, and we expect everyone to contribute their ideas. To give you a quick glimpse into this process, during one brainstorm, we came up with 21 different ideas for changing our checkout page. Eventually, we coalesced on a few concepts that were similar and implemented them.
Another great example of innovation at Academia is our mission to build a peer review system that signals both the trustworthiness of papers being shared and claims within those papers. Over 31M people read papers on our platform every month, but they’re not always experts in the field they’re researching, which is why a ranking system is so important. As a new engineer, you might work on solving this problem to ensure we’re distributing high-quality academic research on a wide scale. Other exciting projects you might contribute to include:
There are a lot of interesting projects in the pipeline and we’ll rely heavily on your ability to think creatively and produce original work.
Most companies who’ve attempted to solve secrets management before built it for the devops and security teams. These tools tend to be overly cumbersome to use and require constant maintenance. We decided to take a different path by building Doppler for developers and placing an emphasis on the user experience. Typically the more secure you build something, the worse the experience is. Working at the intersection of developer productivity and security means you have to get creative. For example, our command line tool login flow begins with a simple command that takes you to the browser so you can authenticate like you would any other website. From a user experience perspective, the user just logged into a site but behind the scenes we created a new token for that user scoped to their machine and placed it securely in the keyring on their computer. This is just one example of how getting creative can lead to a better experience that is also more secure.
Another big advantage is being able to constantly dog food our own product, too! As developers ourselves, we are our own users and get immediate feedback as we build.
We take customer feedback so seriously that we share our product roadmap w/ our users and the greater public – we've done so for years. Not only is our roadmap public, but it also allows users to upvote features! User feedback guides how we plan and develop our product, and ensures that we always have a direct line of communication w/ our end users. While this is how all good businesses should operate, we are especially proud of how well we can tackle multiple issues at the same time. Creativity, in addition to truly listening to our customers, is where the magic is.
As a small engineering team, we have a lot of agency and each member heavily contributes to the direction of our product. For example, Sean and Marc love that in some apps and websites you can use `cmd+k` to load up a search bar which allows you to quickly navigate around an app - the main example in mind being Slack’s “Jump to...” UI. We sat down and had a discussion about it as a team, Sean got to work, and within 2 weeks we had a fully functioning Quick Switcher deployed inside our Dash.
As an engineer at ReadMe, if you have a particular pain point with using the product, you can write a proposal and present it to the team. If we see the value, you can build it. Similarly, if you want to use a new technology, do some research and pitch it to the rest of the team. Examples: React, Next.js, Asana, Prettier, etc.
We embrace the “impossible” as a chance to grow and be challenged. The harder the problem, the more confident we become in our technology and solution. We look at every problem as an opportunity to innovate and lead. We’ve been referred to as the Amazon of online weed shopping, but really we’re so much more. It might be more accurate to say we’re an Amazon-like experience, because on the backend we source from and support local businesses. We are transforming local brick-and-mortar stores into an online localized marketplace by directly integrating into the stores’ Point-Of-Sale systems, something that isn’t currently being done. We also have five software utility patents for this technology that are not specific to cannabis.
While we have great product-market fit, given our unique positioning, our backend problems surrounding infrastructure and scalability are very interesting. We’re building an off-the-shelf e-comm platform, a review system for products and discovery, and recently launched an advertising product that allows cannabis brands to target cannabis consumers. One great example of innovation at Jane: ownership tags. We made it easy for customers to be able to shop according to their values and find dispensaries owned by underrepresented groups whether that’s BIPOC-, LGBTQ-, Women- and Veteran-owned stores, to name a few.
Cannabis discovery is more similar to finding music you like than wine. Some people may listen to house music and feel super focused, while others get revved up. With cannabis, how you experience things is unique to the individual. We’re using data to figure out how someone with your specific tastes and preferences for certain strains and products can be matched with others who share similar profiles. That way, if we know these strains worked for others like you, we can help you find new products you might enjoy, too.
Enable immigrants to use their data to land on their feet
San Francisco, CA or New York, NY
We're a small team solving a huge problem in the credit reporting world. We want to share credit across the world, and it requires a special combination of creativity to do it. As pioneers in our field, we highly value resourcefulness and often find ourselves challenging “conventional tracks” or ideas. When there isn’t an existing solution to a problem, we build one ourselves. We’re the first company to take on the task of moving credit data from around the world with seamless and consumer-friendly technology, so every integration we do means paving a new path.
Engineers at Nova have ample opportunities to put their ideas and creativity to work. There are always improvements to be made in our codebase and many in-house npm packages to publish. For example, James is spearheading our in-house UI library so that we can have more control over our front end design. Ian has been working on GraphQL-ing our API to make it simpler, and Zak wrote a mapping interpreter that will streamline our data mapping process for both engineers and non-technical folks.
We are always looking to hire new team members who can provide new perspectives, find contingencies in different approaches, and doggedly pursue answers to their questions.
A simple messaging workspace with tools for managers and staff on the go
San Francisco, CA or Remote
We are building a team of people who have diverse backgrounds and have experience solving a wide variety of problems. Ultimately, their creativity around problem solving is derived from a passion for understanding the customer’s problem, not so much by the actual solution they can apply. Coupling diverse experiences with a strong understanding of the problem, we often come up with creative and innovative solutions to test. We look for people who have both a tendency to think creatively and a strong passion toward our mission and our customers’ problems.
We absolutely encourage all of our team members to have creative outlets within and outside of Coast. People have side projects that they foster and in some cases these directly aid Coast’s mission. To test high-impact ideas, we often hold internal hackathons. These projects are almost immediately followed by direct demos with customers to evaluate their efficacy.
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Feature management is critically important to every software company, and every company that is in the process of becoming a software company. We proudly serve customers like Square, Atlassian, Intuit, IBM and NBC (to name a few) and know how valuable it is to have a safety net when releasing new changes of all types. Rapid, easy, risk-free deployment is transformative for software teams. We love being able to empower development teams to collaborate more effectively, maintain stability, and deliver software faster.
We serve trillions of feature flags daily for companies big and small. Developers and operations teams use LaunchDarkly to eliminate risk from their software development cycles, and we (of course) use our own product to uneventfully ship code many times a day.
We won’t stop until every software team on the planet is using feature management to deploy with confidence.
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The Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry is ancient and in desperate need of help. Right now, making architecture is a highly complicated process that involves hundreds of disconnected spreadsheets. It’s shockingly manual. Monograph combines all of the typical spreadsheets into one integrated and simple interface. We know this can sound mundane, but this is why we pull so much inspiration from Stripe and Gusto: payments and payroll are two equally tedious processes, but they are necessary and can now be done pleasantly. We use a lot of our creative energy to make Monograph an equally wonderful experience for our users.
We also consider ourselves to be creative and innovative in how we approach the rest of our business. As a growing team, we default to using hacks. For instance, we make sure people always know what we’re doing, and as a result, we get feedback, make unexpected hires, and find sponsors organically.
Operating system for building and growing developer communities
San Francisco, Paris, or Remote (US/Europe)
If the year 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that humans have an inherent need to connect with others and belong, and we’re completely reinventing how that’s done. Our Orbit Model is a bold attempt to provide a framework that helps anyone build better communities, whether that’s an open source maintainer looking for contributors, a meetup organizer searching for speakers, or a large company that relies on their community for product feedback and getting the word out. Every company and product has a community, but they’re not always leveraging and serving that community in the best way possible. With Orbit, you can use our API to automatically understand which developers are most active in your community.
While our company’s approach is innovative in itself, we also foster creativity internally. We not only provide creative outlets such as writing, giving talks, and side projects, but we actively encourage everyone to stretch themselves and take full advantage of opportunities that speak to them. That’s why we prioritize giving our team enough uninterrupted time to be creative and believe meetings should come second to flow time.
As one of many examples, everyone at Orbit contributes to our blog. We love to have fun and some of our best ideas come from joking around. In fact, one of our most popular blog posts was an April Fools’ Day post!
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