Senior Software Engineer – Backend

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Looking for an experienced backend software engineer. You will be responsible for core product contributions, rapid-prototyping, and production-release concerns.
As a software engineer of a fast-growing fintech startup you are going to move the needle, but it will require a split personality: Your Dr. Jekyll leans towards correctness, tight testing, and advancing the mental constructs of the organization with a series of logical hypotheses and tests; your Hyde-side is one that focuses on brutal prioritization in a sea of possibilities, good-enough testing for a code base that must be deliberately but also organically grown, and the understanding that systems must serve people, not the other way around.
Our mission is to create fair, effective, and simple financial pathways to help 100M Americans reach their financial goals. Investors include Lightspeed, Coatue and GGV. Founders are serial entrepreneurs who co-founded and served as C-suite executives at 3 FinTech unicorns.
  • B.A. / B.S. / M.S. or strong self-taught fundamentals in computer science
  • 4+ years of industry experience, with demonstrated breadth and depth of product impact
  • Ability to analyze data and distill information for business purposes
  • Effectiveness as demonstrated by problem-solving skills in areas outside your expertise
  • Desire to form strong professional bonds with startup-forward coworkers
What we’re like:
  • Scrappy. We had a product goal and put out the MVP, collecting our first users with steady growth via paid channels in four months. We don’t cut corners when we know we’ll need them but we don’t build things without that need. We don’t like inefficiency but we dislike operationalizing one-off tasks even more.
  • Risk-oriented. Everything has risk, but a mature team knows how to make these tradeoffs. That’s why we built the MVP fast––because time is your most valuable asset and is practically fungible with money in the startup world.
  • Data-obsessed. We all look at data and pull it, and we believe that understanding the mechanics can yield valuable insights. Complex systems require elegant, not just simple solutions. You absolutely need to be interested in data if you want to leverage your knowledge of systems.
  • Lucky. That’s how we look at this journey so far. From our timing of fundraising, to the circumstances in which we came together, to the initial product traction we’re getting, there’s no other word to describe it. We are grateful you are reading this, and we know that if you’re meant to be with us on this journey, then we will see you soon.
About Kikoff:
Kikoff is a personal finance platform designed to help millions of underserved Americans achieve financial wellness. Our mission is to provide refreshingly fair, effective, and simple pathways for everyday people to meet their financial goals. We design financial products that simplify credit building so our users can reach their financial goals. Kikoff is a Series B company and has raised over $42 million in total funding. Investors include Portage Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, GGV, Coatue, Core Innovation Capital, and basketball star Stephen Curry. Kikoff was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in San Francisco with an office in Reno.


Why Kikoff:
This is a consumer fintech startup, and you will be working with serial entrepreneurs who have built strong consumer brands and innovative products. We are backed by some of Silicon Valley’s top VCs. We value extreme ownership, clear communication, a strong sense of craftsmanship, and the desire to create lasting work and work relationships. Yes, you can build an exciting business AND have real-life real-customer impact.
Competitive pay based on experience
\uD83C\uDFE5 Medical, dental, and vision coverage – Kikoff covers the full cost of health insurance for the employee!
\uD83D\uDCC8 Stock Options
\uD83C\uDFDD Generous unlimited vacation policy to help you recharge
\uD83D\uDCB0 US salary range for this full-time position consists of base + equity + benefits
Our salary ranges are determined by role and experience:
135k – 260k base + equity
Location: San Francisco, CA

Visa sponsorship available: Kikoff is willing to provide sponsorship for H1-B visas and U.S. green cards for exceptional talent.
Regular team building events to help you get to know the Kikoff team and so much more! Our last virtual cooking event had everyone’s mouth on fire, but cooled down by home-mixed cocktails.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Kikoff Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws providing equal employment opportunities and considers qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class.
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