We are looking for an Engineer who can help us build Squad. We are an early stage startup but have already built two profitable product-business units, thereby proving our core hypothesis that products powered by technology and built on top of a Distributed Workforce can solve complex problems at scale.
We have recently ventured into our most ambitious bet yet, launching SquadVoice in the US Market, and the stakes are extremely high.
You will join the team as a "Product Engineer". We believe that in early stage startups, there are no Engineering teams. There are only Product Teams. What it means is that not only are you responsible for "how does it work technically", but also "should we make this?", "how well should we build this?", "is this what the user/customer needs?".
You will be responsible for owning features that you build end to end, starting from "how to solve it" to "is it creating the impact we thought it would?". From a technological perspective, you will be responsible in making sure your solution is appropriately performant and scalable for the problem you are solving, and that it meets Squad Engineering's functional and non-functional requirements (like code quality, speed, flexibility to change etc.).
You will also be responsible for the platform's infrastructure in general. We don't have a separate devops team and divide all the devops work in a round robin and voluntary fashion.
We are majorly a Python shop and use Django and PostgreSQL to power our backend. We are running on AWS and, other than EC2, S3 and RDS, also use Athena, API Gateway, SQS and Lambdas in production. We also use Redis and RabbitMQ for caching and queuing needs.
If you are interested, Kevin from our Engineering Team wrote a blog that offers a comprehensive window to the coding culture and ethics at Squad: Squad takes the Joel Test.
Setting Expectations right
Oftentimes we have noticed people coming in with expectations that we can't match and want to make a few things clear:
But, as far as your personal and professional growth is concerned, we won't ever use this as an excuse for not providing you a healthy, friendly environment where you can do the best work of your life. People who join Squad are extremely smart and you will end up forging lifelong bonds here.
People who have joined us in the past have experienced tremendous growth. You will not only become a better software engineer, but we believe that you will have a much more well rounded growth where you will learn more about devops, databases, frontend and backend technologies.
Being part of a small team, you will also work directly with the founders and have good transparency into the business strategy, and get to see how a business is built.
You can read more about our values and culture at: https://www.squadplatform.com/careers/
Here are a few pieces our Engineers have learnt and written about it in the past:
Squad combines crowdsourcing and AI in one platform to help solve large-scale operational processes. Humans are great at solving complex tasks but perform poorly at repetitive tasks whereas ML works great with bounded repetitive problems & fails with open problems. We see ML & a distributed workforce as two key phenomenons that would drastically change how work gets done in the future.
We leverage these two in the following product offerings:
After scaling these two products as separate profitable units, we have now recently launched SquadVoice in the US Market, targeting the Real Estate industry there.
We are a well-balanced team of experienced entrepreneurs and are backed by top investors across India and the Silicon Valley (Blume Ventures, 91springboard, senior product execs at Square, Genpact & Flipkart; co-founders of Infosys, Snapdeal, Slideshare, Zomato etc)
Our platform empowers college students, stay at home mothers and grey collared workers as a stable source of income for working on their smartphone (via our Android app). Our contractors earn 3x of what a typical back office BPO employee makes. For us, this is truly impactful. Every day, we see success stories such as how a single mother is sustaining herself. Empowering our contractors to be financially independent is a strong part of our vision!
This is just the beginning and we're here to change the world.
Location: Noida, Delhi NCR
Role: Product Engineer: SE1
CTC: 9-12 LPA + ESOPs