Techstars-Backed Startup - Technical Co-founder


next.js node.js react postgrsql graphql Remote - Founding team is in London | Full-Time

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What is Abstract?

Abstract is a Techstars-backed company building the smartest search engine to discover products. Our vision is to create an intelligent search engine that cuts through the noise and product placements to match you with the perfect set of products. We want to help you find products you love based on your interests, tastes, and style.

Today, we’re starting with gifts. Rather than typing “best yoga gifts for mum” into Google, tell us about your mum's interests and style then we’ll match 100s of gifts that are perfectly tailored to her. By leveraging data and AI, we plan to improve the intelligence of our search so every product is perfect for the person you’re buying for.

What are we looking for?

We have built V2 of our product and have >15k monthly visits - check it out here. We’re scraping >30k products from 100s of brands and expect this number to double by July. Our next technical challenges will be building our smart search approach, login/sign-up flows, user dashboards, checkout functionality, and incorporating computer vision to categorise our product supply.

We are looking for a technical co-founder who can lead product development, plan the product roadmap, and build a technical team. We want to find somebody who aligns with our vision and is passionate about solving product discovery on the Internet. You will need 3+ years of experience developing web applications at a consumer, e-commerce, or marketplace company - ideally at a Seed to Series B stage startup.

As the technical co-founder you will have full responsibility to build the end-to-end functionality of features. You will need front-end finesse and a depth of back-end expertise including API management, databases, and web crawling. Our backend stack is Node.js, PostgrSQL, GraphQL, apollo, AWS (Elastic beanstalk/ RDS) and we use React and Next.js on the front-end stack.

What’s our team like?

Our team previously worked together in the VC industry with a focus on investing in deep technology ventures that could have a revolutionary impact on society. We spent the past 2 years building a marketplace startup that was derailed by the pandemic and the past 6 months building the foundations of Abstract.

We like to move fast and break things. We’re always iterating on our product and testing assumptions to de-risk our business. We like to be radically transparent with our feedback and our decisions with everybody involved. We make mistakes all the time and humbly admit where we went wrong so we can learn from our failures. We really care about making an awesome product that customers love! And we want to have fun building a product that we’re passionate about even if we’re infamously terrible gifters.

If you’re passionate about the problem we’re solving and like the sound of our work environment, then we would love to hear from you.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Strategising product roadmap

  • Iterating upon the search functionality

  • Building login, sign-up flow, and dashboards for users

  • Maintaining and building functionality for our database

  • Maintaining and integrating APIs

  • Building checkout functionality

Skills we are looking for:

  • 3+ years experience working as a developer

  • Full-stack development skill set

  • Experience using Node.js, PostgrSQL, GraphQL, apollo, AWS, React, Next.js

  • Experience building a marketplace or e-commerce platform

  • Experience working in a seed to series B startup

Examples of traits we value:

  • Open-minded and radically transparent

  • Creative and unorthodox thinking

  • Honest and humble - always willing to accept mistakes

  • Reflective and continually trying to improve

  • Diligent and tenacious - willing to grit when needed to get things done

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a fast-growing start-up that will change the way we discover products! We would love you to join us to help build an incredible brand and bring smiles to millions of faces across the world.

Salary range £40,000 — 50,000

Dependent on experience.