Academia.edu

San Francisco
26 - 50 Employees
26 - 50 Engineers
$25M - $50M Funding
Series C

Academia is building a new distribution and peer review platform. Our mission is to accelerate the world’s research and make every academic publication available for free to anyone, anywhere, in any language, and in any format.

Academia.edu was founded in 2008 in San Francisco by ​Richard Price​ who recognized the need for open access to scholarly work while he was a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Oxford University.

Academia has built a network of Academics around the world who access our platform on the web and via native mobile apps to discover new research, collaborate, recommend and peer review papers, and gather feedback on draft research by participating in real-time collaborative sessions.

Academia’s platform has more than 115 million registered users (growing at over 150,000 per day), has over 70 million unique visitors every month. We have over 200,000 paying premium subscribers, which has contributed to us doubling in revenue for both of the last two years.

Historically, Academic journals have controlled the publishing process. Usually, 2 peer reviewers evaluate the quality of the paper, and either reject it or approve it. It is then published by the journal and is put behind a paywall. It typically costs $50-$100 to get the paper out from the paywall. The process of submitting to publishing usually takes a minimum of 12-months or longer.

Academia’s mission is to disrupt this $10B industry.

We’re located ~3 blocks from Montgomery BART in downtown San Francisco.

We’re a Ruby on Rails shop, with React on the frontend our native mobile apps are built for iOS with Swift and Android using Kotlin. All of our engineers are full-stack, and virtually all of them are computer scientists. We value and recruit computer science generalists, at Academia.

We have over 45 full-time employees and over 26 in engineering.

Academia has raised over $33.8 million from a range of investors, including Tencent, Khosla Ventures, True Ventures, and Spark Ventures.

Academia is a proud equal opportunity employer and we are committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Active Roles
Why join us?
  • We're cash-flow positive and are doubling our revenue year over year, the last 2 years, with over 150,000 premium subscribers paying $10/mo or $100/year. We are doubling the size of the company and our engineering team in 2020.

  • We're the dominant player in a $10B a year worldwide market, growing faster than our nearest competitor. We are #1 in user base and user distribution.

  • If you're interested in building large-scale internet software, then technical challenges are huge: >110M registered users, >10M MAU, over 110,000 paying subscribers, over 70M monthly uniques.

  • We are 46 employees, with 27 in engineering. If you want to join a company that's cash-flow positive, has a lot of money in the bank, and is growing revenue and engineering 2x in 2020.


Engineering at Academia.edu
Engineering team and processes

Our teams consist of engineers, a product manager and a designer We organize our teams as groups that work together. Groups move onto products/features as needed. We hire generalist software engineers, and all engineers work in the full stack. We have daily stand-ups, and continuous check-ins.

Technical Challenges

You'll be working on such systems as:

  • communications and messaging tools to facilitate collaboration and feedback
  • an engaging and scalable peer review system to facilitate the identification & wide-scale distribution of high quality academic research
  • A scalable newsfeed, highlighting the latest research in every field, and making it more interactive and exciting. (which has never been done before)
  • tools and platforms that enable academics to publish directly on the Academia's social network
  • advanced search products and personalized analytics
  • backend to a mobile client, with very low latency.
Projects you might work on
  • Newsfeed. Our Newsfeed is ready for re-engineering. Imagine >110M registered users, with multiple registered interests, and many publications and connections. Then create a dynamic, interesting, interactive newsfeed.

Tech stack
Ruby on Rails
React
PostgreSQL
Redis
Kafka
Elastic Search
AWS
Neo4j
EC2
Swift
Kotlin
Mobile apps

Working at Academia.edu

We run an open, transparent, and collaborative company. If our CEO gives a board presentation then the next day he'll show the same deck to all employees. Cash flow and product plans are openly shown to everyone. We value honesty, wisdom and clear communication.

Generous Vacation

We offer over 4-weeks (21-days) of paid vacation, plus a liberal sick leave policy, plus the 11 holiday days.

Free Food

All meals are prepared by local vendors and delivered for lunch every day. Our kitchen area is stocked with fresh food on demand from employees.

Beautiful Office

Our office is located 3-blocks from Montgomery BART station. In the center of the Financial District and within walking distance of world-class restaurants and other venues.

Company Retreats

Twice a year, we choose an offsite location, and spend 3-days working together collaboratively on new product ideas.

For example, this past summer, we rented out two huge homes in Lake Tahoe, and had a 3-day offsite.

Maternal/Paternal Leave

We support parents with children. Out of our 46-current employees, we have 7 employees with children, and two pregnant spouses. We offer 12-weeks for any parent (father or mother) of fully paid leave for a birth.

Flexible Hours

Most engineers arrive between the hours of 8:30am-10:30am, some arriving earlier, some later. Most engineers leave between 5:30pm-7:30pm; some leaving earlier, some leaving later. I'd say most engineers are onsite between 10-6. If you need to work from home due to a delivery or for some other reason, we support that.

Transportation

We offer a pre-tax commuter benefit.

401(k) Contribution

We currently offer a 401(k) plan. We are considering a company match to that.

Health Insurance

We provide full medical, dental and vision coverage. 100% employer paid for employee and their dependent's coverage as well (including California Legally Registered Domestic Partnerships as well as legally married couples).

Work from Home

We let engineers work from home if they need to. We prefer that you work in the office because synergy and collaboration are much better that way, but if you need to, you may work from home.

Relocation

We offer a relocation allowance if you need to move in order to work at Academia, regardless of whether that's across the country, or from one part of the Bay Area to another.

Team Activities

We have a weekly team activity (not everyone attends). We've hired a guy named Coach B and he takes a group on a City run/walk/exercise event.

We have a foosball table, and folks have organized themselves; there are teams and individual competitions. Not everyone plays, but those who do are avid players.

Smaller groups breakoff and go out to dinner or to local entertainment together.

Travel

Twice a year, we do college recruiting, and send teams of engineers to these sites. So, while this is work, it's also sort of a perk, in that you get to fly to a University town, eat some great food, and meet super engineers from top universities and recruit them.

Gym/Fitness

We have Coach B who comes every Tuesday for a group work out if you like. Coach B is a fitness guru.

Other

We offer a fully paid 6-week sabbatical on your 4th work anniversary.

Workshops/Conferences

We encourage our engineers to go to workshops and conferences they're interested in.


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