At Portal, we're building Shopify for Service Businesses. We want to make it easy for entrepreneurs anywhere to start and scale service businesses: marketing agencies, bookkeeping firms, recruiting agencies, and thousands of others.
While it is straightforward to set up a Shopify store and sell a physical product on the Internet, entrepreneurs that want to sell and deliver a service on the Internet have to stitch together SaaS apps, and even then are unable to offer clients a streamlined experience under their own brand. We want to change this by giving service businesses the building blocks (messaging, payments, etc.) to design their own product and offer their clients a modern streamlined experience.
In February 2022, we raised a $10M seed round led by Ali Rowghani at YC Continuity and Lachy Groom. Other investors include Y Combinator, Liquid 2, Tribe, Addition, Slope, YC partner and Scribd founder Jared Friedman, former SVP Product at Lyft Ran Makavy, and Pipe founders Zain Allarakhia and Josh Mangel.
As an early engineer at Portal you will work closely with the CTO, be a critical part of our core team, and have a huge influence over the direction of the company. You will get full autonomy to architect and build the Portal mobile app which includes the framework and all functionality supported in the web. We will compensate you well, invest deeply in your development, and do everything we can to make sure this is the single best work experience of your life.
You have good values. You have high integrity. You understand why diversity matters and make others feel like they belong. You're low ego and make the workplace more fun for everyone.
You're entrepreneurial. You are comfortable with ambiguity and thrive in fast-pasted environments. You've likely worked at startups before or might want to start one in the future.
You're hardworking. You understand that building a category-defining company requires people that work smart and that also work hard.
You're experienced. You have 4+ years experience working on production software.
You know what matters. We believe your education is irrelevant; we only care that you can build great products. Likewise, in your work you're not religious about any one technology and care more about making progress.
You're a systems thinker. You don't identify as a particular (frontend/backend/etc.) engineer but are more interested in solving problems holistically.
You're resourceful. You are a fast learner and have a “get things done” mentality. If you don't understand something you quickly determine what to do to push forward.
You put users first. You think critically about the implications of what you're building. You're constantly putting yourself in shoes of the users and push back when necessary.
You'll ship. You'll be working on the core product to engineer solutions across multiple modules including payments, messaging, and file-sharing. Whether it's fixing a bug or architecting a new feature, you'll move fast.
You'll be an owner. You'll be the leader of multiple projects and be responsible for their success. This involves closely collaborating with the founders and other engineers, creating engineering tasks, writing documentation, and setting up new services and scalable infrastructure.
You'll balance the short and long term. While knowing the importance of shipping quickly you also know how to craft thoughtful long-term technical strategy. You know when to address tech debt and when to improve infrastructure and processes (testing, code reviews, CI/CD).
You'll help build the team. The first 10 members of a startup dictate the next 100. You'll help interview and recruit more talented engineers.
You'll learn about startups. Aside from your core work, you'll have the opportunity to get involved in other areas - marketing, growth, ops, etc.
Frontend: React + Redux and Typescript.
Backend: Golang and DynamoDB.
AWS Serverless architecture with Lambda, API Gateway, and Cognito.
Custom design system based on MaterialUI.
Bespoke websocket service to connect frontend and backend in real-time.
Tools: GitHub, Linear, Slack, Notion, Figma, Retool.
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