Developer Experience Engineer

New York or Remote (US/EU Timezones) /
Engineering /
Old problem, new $25B+ market
Companies like AWS, Stripe, and Twilio have demonstrated that if a technology is not core to your value proposition, you should offload it. Still, every engineering team builds and rebuilds one piece: authorization, how you control who has access to what in your app. You’ve probably started with something quick 'n dirty – some IF statements and roles in a database...until you need to add more features, and more features. And inevitably you band-aid onto this system until you have to do a big refactor. Have you seen this before?

We're changing this picture and in doing so, we are creating the next $25B+ dollar market: the authorization market. We’re on a mission to create the global standard for authorization. Our vision is that in 10 years engineers will spend 1/10 the time and brainpower they spend on authorization today.

Why now?
This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to join a company at a stage late enough that the problem and solution are de-risked, but early enough that you can shape the product, company, and the market.

Why Oso?
We started with an open source product – adopted by thousands of developers at startups to the Fortune 100, like Wayfair, Intercom, Visa, Oxide, and Codecademy. Adoption is growing week over week, and we’re now launching Oso Cloud. We have met with hundreds of engineering teams over the last 2 years and know more about this problem than any team in the market. Oso is:
- Backed by Bill Coughran at Sequoia, as well as the founders and CEOs of companies like MongoDB, Segment, LaunchDarkly, and Honeycomb
- Founded by Graham Neray (early MongoDB employee – helped scale from $1M —> $250M revenue) and Sam Scott (PhD Cryptography)
- Advised by Abhishek Parmar, co-creator of Google Zanzibar and Airbnb Himeji
- Built by a team of user-first engineers, including multiple former startup founders and early employees

What you'll do

    • Show Oso to the world. Get the word out on Oso, inspire users and help them adopt it with demos and sample apps, blog posts, tutorials, and videos, plus talks at meetups, conferences and on podcasts.
    • Engage with our users. Engage with users through various channels (e.g., Slack) to help them with their problems. Capture feedback and feed it back into our roadmap, and convey our roadmap and progress back to the user community to close the loop.

Who you are

    • You're an owner. You are accountable to results over the process. You prioritize the team's success over the success of any one project.
    • You ship, listen, ship, listen. You're happy to explore product ideas through design, hacks and guides before building something fully baked. You have no problem throwing away ideas and code if they don't pan out. You get satisfaction from getting concrete output into users' hands.
    • You're for the makers. You want to understand our end users' world and prioritize solving their authorization problems above everything else, including your own personal preferences and the elegance of the solution.
    • You give and take feedback. You seek out critical feedback. You have the courage to give critical feedback to others.‍


    • You have experience as a professional developer working in more than one programming language
    • You can create clear and creative technical writing, and you can demonstrate this by sharing long-form writing samples upon request.
    • You have worked at a startup or in a similar environment

Nice to have

    • Experience with our problem space, e.g., building authorization systems
Oso is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or disability status.