Founding Engineer - Full Stack



Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023
At Shadow, we're building the end-to-end data platform for crypto.

We believe that 30 years from now, blockchains will act as a record of all human activity. And everyone – from individuals to institutions – will want the ability to make use of the information enshrined on blockchains in their own ways.

Blockchains are fundamentally new types of databases, yet it’s much too difficult to work with onchain data today. We’re taking a crypto native approach to solve this, starting with infrastructure to generate shadow event data for any smart contract.

Why join

Team –– we have a high bar; you'll be on a small team of extremely talented individuals.

Impact –– work on stuff that actually matters and will grow crypto as a whole.

Ownership –– you will have an extreme level of autonomy over your work.

We’re hiring a founding full stack engineer to join our world-class team in NYC.

About The Role

In this role you’ll be working closely with the CEO, CTO, and product design to build the product that customers (crypto engineers and data scientists) use to interact with Shadow. You should get excited about building highly performant applications for a technical audience.

What You'll Do (responsibilities)

We're looking for an experienced IC who wants to:

Own the product. You're a technical founder type and will have autonomy and responsibility. You’ll own Shadow’s customer-facing application (no PMs) and will be highly involved in shaping the roadmap and product strategy.

Ship, ship, ship. Launch new user-facing products and features that build on top of Shadow’s infrastructure to 10x the experience of interacting with onchain data.

Act on strongly held devex opinions: We are building a technical product for a technical audience, and you’ll get to build the thing you always wanted to use yourself.

Our tech stack
  • Typescript, React, Tailwind, and GraphQL
  • Backend infrastructure built in Rust and Go
  • Kafka, Postgres, Snowflake, and BigTable

What We're Looking For (qualifications)

You're a senior or staff-level IC that has built technical user-facing products before. We’re looking for someone that feels a deep sense of duty to the users of their work.

Design sensibility. While you’ll be working with very talented designers, we expect you to have a knack for great UX. If you feel something in the product is off, you go and fix it without asking for permission.

Interest in onchain data and data analysis. You’ve spent way too much time on Etherscan, Dune, and other onchain data applications. You understand what they do well, where they fall short, and why that is.

Curious and quick learning. We don't expect you to have experience in every technology we use, but to learn and be productive quickly. Owning several repos and jumping into all of them doesn't scare you.

Pragmatic attention to detail. We strive for few slips in code, Git hygiene, and clear written communication — all while remaining low-ego and solution oriented.

Good heart. We are a group of friendly ambitious nerds, and don't tolerate jerks.

What We Offer (compensation & Benefits)

We'll treat you well. If there are other benefits that are important to you, we'd like to hear.

Highly competitive salary and equity — we target 90th percentile compensation for both salary and equity. You’ll be expected to act like an owner, because you are one.

Paid time off — 4 weeks paid vacation, paid sick leave, and paid parental leave.

In-person culture — we work out of a beautiful office in Soho New York with other early-stage crypto folks, and have a culture of coming in 5 days a week as a default.

Hardware setup — we’ll buy whatever you need to be productive.

Work trials

We’re a fan of paid work trials. We believe they’re the best way to learn whether there’s a mutual fit, and equally beneficial for the candidate as the company.

This is not a requirement, as we understand that every individual’s situation is different. We'll discuss details during the process, but work trials are fully paid, and usually last 2-7 days where we have your full time and focus during the period – e.g. you’ve taken PTO at your full-time job, have no other contract work obligations, etc.

Compensation Range: $200K - $250K