Berbix is building identity verification and fraud deterrence as a service. Founded by the former engineering and product leaders for Trust & Safety at Airbnb, we empower companies to confidently answer the question: “Are you who you say you are?"
This is a question many online platforms need to answer. We've started answering this question by creating four lightweight hosted verifications:
- Verify an email address
- Verify a phone number
- Scan a photo ID
- Confirm a street address
We then have an add-on framework that integrates with multiple backend providers to further increase our confidence that users on the other side of the screen are who they say they are. We are targeting three primary use cases:
Age Verification Ordering alcohol, nicotine, and marijuana online is quickly becoming the norm. Platforms need a confident way to ensure these orders are being made by and delivered to consumers above a certain age. Many have regulatory requirements to collect an ID. We also help other age-restricted services like online gambling.
Fraud Deterrence Every online platform has a fraud problem. By offering platforms a range of user-facing verifications, we're adding additional tools to their proverbial toolbox to help fight fraud. For example, requiring phone verification of a bona fide mobile number (as opposed to a virtual number) for high-value or otherwise riskier transactions.
Know Your Customer) Cryptocurrency and other FinTech startups have various compliance requirements for identifying account holders. We provide a secure and user-friendly way to collect photo IDs from their users.
Our team led the Trust & Safety team at Airbnb.
We already have happy paying customers and are growing the number every week.
We have excellent investors and a long runway to achieve true product-market fit.
We have a compelling long term vision and the necessary skills to get us there.
Our engineering team is extremely flat. Everyone is expected to operate mostly autonomously on the most impactful projects in their domains (but we're happy to help guide). We employ typical best practices for engineering teams - version control, code reviews, multiple environments, testing infrastructure. We lean towards statically typed solutions where available, but are willing to use whatever technology is a best fit for the problem at hand. We do weekly stand-ups to keep everyone on the same page and make sure there is good intra-team communication. Engineers are expected to deploy their own code to production.
Every day brings interesting technical challenges. We've built systems to perform nontrivial computer vision algorithms in a mobile browser to do automatic detection of objects. We build useful machine learning models to extract information from images and text. We build systems to scale effectively so that we can bring on customers with large but unpredictable volumes.
You would build thoughtful, next generation APIs to allow for richer information and more customizability by our customers.
You would build infrastructure to scale our machine learning by automatically building models with new data on a daily basis.
You would use cutting edge browser technologies to allow for the best possible user experience.
You would build SDKs for native mobile integrations to unlock new classes of customers.
We value thoughtful attention to detail, close collaboration and empathy for our customers and our users.
Berbix offers employees 4 weeks of paid time off.
When you eat with the rest of the team, your lunches are free.
We're located in the Castro, easily accessible via Muni or BART. We've got a private office with great desks, chairs, monitors and snacks. We are surrounded by amazing coffee shops, restaurants and nightlife.
Most of our employees are in the office from 10am to 5pm, but we will often step out for appointments, coffee, walks or otherwise.
We offer transit subsidies.
We have optional team happy hour every other week in one of our local neighborhood establishments.
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