Founding Engineer - Backend



Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

At Shadow, we’re building the end-to-end data platform for crypto.

We believe that one day, 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 a fundamentally new type of database, yet it’s much too difficult to work with onchain data today. We’re taking a crypto native approach to solve this, starting with a product that allows anyone to inject custom data on any smart contract.

We've raised $9M in seed funding led by Paradigm, with additional investors from Coinbase Ventures, Electric Capital, Ethereum Foundation, Uniswap, and Flashbots.

We're actively hiring for full-time in-person roles working out of a beautiful office space in Soho New York.

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

About the role

In this role you’ll be working closely with the CTO to architect and build out the backend infrastructure that powers Shadow. You should get excited about building fast and flexible infrastructure that can handle large volumes of realtime and historical data.

What you'll do (responsibilities)

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

Build the new standard for onchain data. You will own large parts of the infrastructure that become the new standard for storing, processing, and indexing onchain data.

Crush every other benchmark. We plan to publicly release benchmarks vs other onchain data systems, and your name will be listed prominently for everyone to see.

Drive business outcomes. Performance is a major differentiator in this space. Every optimization you make will lead directly to winning customers and market share.

Our tech stack

  • Typescript and Next.js

  • Backend infrastructure built in Rust

  • Kafka, Postgres, Snowflake, and BigTable

  • Shadow events written in Solidity and Vyper

What we're looking for (qualifications)

You're a senior or staff-level IC that has built out complex, performant, scalable backend infrastructure. We’re looking for someone that has done it before and doesn’t need ramp up time.

Excited about building robust and generalized frameworks. You think about all the different ways your code could be used, extended, and scaled in the future, not just today.

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, clean 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.

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.

Who you'll be working with

Emily (Co-Founder and CTO) — Previously Paradigm EIR, and Staff Engineer → Engineering Manager at Airbnb, where she built the realtime indexer for user profiling used sitewide and managed a team of 15 engineers. Has been highly active onchain since DeFi summer 2020.

Alvin (Co-Founder and CEO) — Previously Paradigm EIR, and Designer → Staff Product Manager at Airbnb, where he was the first PM on Airbnb Plus and helped take it from a whiteboard idea to a $100M/yr business in 2.5 years. Has been highly active onchain since DeFi Summer 2020.

Emily and Alvin are siblings and have worked together for the past 8 years!

What we offer (compensation & benefits)

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.

Great healthcare — gold-tier company healthcare plans. We cover 99% of medical, dental, vision premiums for employees, and 50% for dependents.

401k — flexible 401k retirement plan with contribution matching.

In-person culture — we work out of a beautiful office in Soho New York with other early-stage crypto teams, 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 3-5 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.