Founding Engineer

San Francisco /
Backend Engineering /
Full Time (Remote)
Speakeasy is building Zero Ops APIs. We are on a mission to make the API lifecycle developer first. Today developers have to orchestrate API changes by hand which means for every change this means updating infrastructure and hand rolling changes to docs, sdks, gateways, auth, billing etc – this list is endless! Speakeasy takes the heavy lifting out of providing a great API experience by integrating directly into your gitops and propagating changes. Simply annotate your API, hit git push and we’ll take care of the rest ! We’re looking for a founding engineer to help us build the future of how developers build and ship APIs. Our team is thoughtful about what makes a world-class developer experience in addition to an unwavering commitment to extensibility and reliability. An ideal candidate loves technical challenges, has an eye for building developer-focused workflows, and is excited to bring an opinionated view to a truly massive and foundational market opportunity. 

About us
Speakeasy was co-founded by Sagar Batchu and Simon Yu. Sagar was previously Director of Engineering at LiveRamp. He was the first engineering hire for the company in London and built both dev tooling and data infrastructure teams, growing the London office to 50+ developers. He also open sourced LiveRamp’s API development stack. Simon was most recently a product lead at Flexport and has over 10 years of product development experience. He was 2nd hire at Safegraph where he led development of their flagship product.  Speakeasy is backed by a top-tier VC and a gaggle of angel investors who occupy leadership positions at key software engineering firms. We’re based in San Francisco, and are looking to hire remote first in the US. We believe that in-person collaboration is strategically important for a company at our stage, while also recognizing that top-level talent can be found anywhere. To balance the two, there are no constraints on employee location, but we do plan for our entire team to meet up and spend a week together roughly every 2 months (travel paid for) — we think this is important not only for velocity, but also for company culture.

About you
Enthusiastic about working on engaging technical challenges for developer products. Excited to be a builder for builders! Experience building products from scratch and working in collaborative teams.

You might be a good fit if you:
- Have experience (~5+ years) working on internal platform engineering teams, developer tools, developer productivity or infrastructure products at scale
- Have experienced the realities of building and maintaining APIs first hand
- Are a generalist engineer with an ability to pick up new frameworks quickly and are willing to work across the stack from backend to frontend
- Enjoy understanding technical domains deeply and are willing to really get into the weeds.

Our technical process
We are using Go Lang, Typescript, React + NextJS, Kubernetes, and Terraform. We are all polyglots who believe in pushing the bar of what is possible. As a founding team member, you will be deeply involved in our technical evolution.  We believe in shipping code quickly and continuously. We’ll make sure of your full setup on day 1 and shipping code by the end of day 2 !

Qualities we value
-Execution: We’ve a fast-moving and exciting environment where you will be putting down foundational building blocks for the company. We execute with a sense of urgency. 

-Humility: Our success is always a team activity. We bring small egos to work and support each other in our shared endeavor every day. 

-Ownership & Autonomy: We gather data, make clear decisions, and have ownership of our product and our outcomes. 

-Transparency: We are honest with others and, most importantly, ourselves. We extend this value to our development as well, which is why we build in the open. Some of what we ship will be open source and wherever possible we have public roadmaps for our customers to engage with. 

-Tenacity: Startups require adaptability and perseverance. We value stamina to stay the course. We’re building a company that will shape the ecosystem for the next 10+ years, and we want our teams’ decision making to share that perspective.