Hello there potential founding team member and Scroobious Technical Lead! Before we get into the job, let me tell you about our company and its origin story. I’m Allison Byers, Founder & CEO. I spent about five years building and leading a medical device startup and raised nearly $10M going from a friends and family round through an A1. During that time I was floored by how inefficient and stressful the process of fundraising was, and caught off guard by the challenges I faced as a woman despite a career full of being the only woman in the room. When I did some research and found out that women and minorities receive only 2% or less (yes, that’s real!) of VC funding, I felt compelled to help in some way.
I founded Scroobious in January 2020 to increase diversity in the startup ecosystem by providing the education, tools, and community founders need to create investor-ready pitch material and a platform to help investors easily find those founders.
We launched our Pitch it Plan™ (PiP) MVP this past February, and in the months since then our community has grown to over 170 diverse entrepreneurs thanks to word of mouth from our amazing founder group and inbound interest.
The PiP MVP was built on a low-code platform for rapid deployment and we have successfully demonstrated market validation. In these early days where we are running lean and capital efficient, our fantastic technical advisor, Dan Caddigan, is serving as lead architect and is currently building our custom v1 web app that will include both PiP and an investor-facing portal. We have a BIG vision for the investor portal full of really cool tech and data science and are building Scroobious to be a venture-backable company.
We’re looking for a Tech Lead who is skilled enough to take our v1, own it, and run with it. You’ll be reporting directly to me, with ongoing support and mentorship from our incredible advisors and investors. You’ll be coding most of the time at first, and as the team grows we’ll rely on you for technical leadership and recruiting core members. This is an amazing opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a mission-based startup and work closely with business and technical wizards who are also good human beings.
- UI (web): The front end is a Next.js React app written in TypeScript. Most pages are server-side rendered, fetching data from a separate GraphQL API. We use Tailwind CSS for styling and use some components from Chakra UI.
- API/Jobs: The back end is a Node.js GraphQL API also written in TypeScript (using Warthog). The same codebase runs both the GraphQL APIs and a BullMQ job server (separate deployments to keep the APIs fast).
- Data: All data is stored in a Postgres database. The BullMQ batch server stores job data in Redis (which could eventually be used for caching, too).
- Infrastructure: Currently, everything is hosted in Render.com for simplicity (uses infrastructure as code by default and sets up all Githooks/DEV workflows for you by default). The one exception is that we have an S3 bucket on AWS for file storage (as Render doesn’t have a solution that meets our needs). At some point it probably (maybe?) makes sense to move everything into AWS - this would be your call, though.
What You Bring
I’m not going to list a bunch of requirements, and while you don’t need to have mastery of the full stack listed above, you do need enough overlap that you can hit the ground running and get up to speed quickly. I’m looking for someone who has read this entire description, is ambitious, wants to make a real difference in the world, has been in a lead position wherever you are for at least a year, is passionate about increasing diversity in the startup ecosystem, enjoys working independently, is excited to code, is a stickler for documentation, has seen some shit and enjoyed navigating through it, is a person others turn to frequently, likes sarcasm, and laughs a lot.
How You’ll Be Paid
Compensation and/or equity will be discussed based on the factors above.
How to Apply
If you’re interested in joining our small yet mighty team as a core player with direct influence over the company’s direction, please click the button below to email your resume and a cover letter. Please, please don’t forget the cover letter including why you’re a good fit for the position, why we should be excited to have you join us, and how you learned about the role.