Tech Cofounder / CTO - Project Freebird

London or Europe /
Studio – Engineering /
The Freebird Club is a peer-to-peer social travel and homestay club for the over 50s. It offers a new and accessible way of travelling for older people, a fun way to meet and enjoy social & cultural interaction at home & away, and a means to unlock value in their homes and earn income in later life. Positioned at the intersection of traveltech and agetech, where the silver economy meets the sharing economy, the Freebird Club seeks to address social issues such as loneliness, disconnection and lack of later life opportunities for older adults through a tech enabled community model. Our mission is to connect, empower and enrich the lives of older adults through meaningful travel and social experiences.

Our ambitions are big, bold and global. We are looking to build a highly talented, mission-driven team that is excited at the prospect of enriching the lives of older people globally, and creating a more age-friendly and accessible world that we can all look forward to growing older in.

The Freebird Club is backed by Founders Factory, which builds and funds startups together with exceptional entrepreneurs and the world's leading companies. We operate sector-focused accelerator programs and venture funds, investing in visionary founders at early stages. Since 2015, our 300 portfolio companies have raised $720mm follow on funding from some of the leading names in venture.

The Role

As part of the founding team you will be an instrumental part of shaping the product & business strategy. You will own the tech strategy and manage day-to-day engineering execution. Looking ahead, you will be responsible for helping grow the team and set up the technical capabilities of the business for growth.

Interesting technical challenges:
- Use of ML for matching members based on profile interests
- Building out a search & booking engine
- Implementation of an activity recommender system
- APIs to expose capabilities to 3rd-parties

Responsibilities include

    • Taking charge of platform development, making key decisions on technical architecture
    • Delivering the MVP, enabling us to test, iterate and serve our growing membership base
    • Ensuring the systems architecture and infrastructure is scalable and can support growth
    • Feeding into product strategy and identifying opportunities to quickly deliver customer value

You will have the following skills

    • Demonstrated ability to deliver product in a tech startup environment
    • Confidence over the full stack of web development, particularly on our preferred stack of PHP/Laravel, React, & AWS
    • Experience with technologies such as ElasticSearch and recommender systems a bonus
    • Ability to inspire and build a team
    • Entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility and willingness to work across a range of areas and grittiness to operate in a start-up environment
    • Reasons to care about our mission to connect and enrich the lives of older adults.

What’s in it for you?

    • As part of the founding team, a significant equity position in the business
    • Autonomy to build & scale the product as YOU best see fit
    • Hands-on operational support from a team of smart and passionate people from Founders Factory
    • Unparalleled access to FF partners and wider network (for life!)
    • A unique opportunity to build a business that will scale.
We are committed to building a diverse culture and are eager to receive applications from all backgrounds. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination.