Canvas

51 - 100 Employees
< 10 Engineers
$10M - $25M Funding
Exited (Acquired)

At Canvas, our mission is simple: rethink car ownership to meet the needs of the modern day driver.

We’re an online platform offering convenient and personalized car subscriptions. All of our cars come standard with insurance, maintenance, warranty coverage, and roadside assistance.

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Why join us?
  • We were acquired (and are backed) by Ford Motor Company on a mission to redefine car ownership.

  • We are building a product and company that customers love; we achieved a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 69 within months of launching our first product.

  • To-date, our customers have driven an estimated 5 million miles. To put that figure in perspective, its equivalent to 200 trips around the world OR 22 one-way trips to the moon.


Engineering at Canvas
Engineering team and processes

We structure our team around product surface area where our engineers work alongside a product manager, a product designer, and a few other engineers. Our process is always changing (hopefully improving), but we generally try to do product planning every 6-weeks and then execute upon that plan in 2-week sprints. Lastly, before making it to production, all pull requests are reviewed by two fellow engineers and tested on staging (unless trivial).

Technical Challenges

We are currently in the process of rewriting a data ingestion pipeline that handles hundreds of thousands of telematics (vehicle sensor data) events per day.

Projects you might work on
  • A few of our engineers are currently working on a 'piggyback appointment scheduler' for vehicle returns. Diving deeper, if we can encourage our customers to schedule return appointments close (time and location) to delivery appointments, we can then have our agents (Canvas employees) complete a delivery and return in a single trip. At scale, this significantly impacts our gross margin by cutting down on agent wages as well as Uber spend.

  • We are currently in the process of designing our first consumer mobile app with the intentions of streamlining the delivery // pickup experience by shifting specific tasks (identity verification, vehicle inspection, etc.) to the user and away from the agent (Canvas employee). We are confident that this newly designed process will create a better customer experience, in addition to reducing operational overhead

  • We recently discovered an issue where our Elasticsearch(ES) indexer was frequently running into problems because our ES cluster has some pretty low concurrent indexing limits. Unfortunately, throwing more money at it and upgrading wouldn't solve the problem, so we had to get clever. As a solution, one of our engineers built an indexer queuing system using Redis, which essentially handles all back pressure on our end and then intelligently indexes based on cluster availability.

Tech stack
Ruby on Rails
Ember.js
PostgreSQL
Redis
Elastic Search
Heroku
Bower
Bootstrap
Docker
iOS Development
ES6
Redshift
Swift Apple
WebSockets

Working at Canvas

At Canvas, we have the DNA of a startup with the backing and expertise of the global Ford brand. As we look to grow our team, we’re looking for individuals who are resourceful, energetic, and up for the challenge of making cars easy.

Generous Vacation

At Canvas, we offer unlimited vacation.

Free Food

In addition to having catered lunch (from various SF eateries), we also have a fully stocked kitchen (La Croix, nitro coffee on tap, mixed nuts, veggies + hummus, etc.).

We also do breakfast every Friday, where various teams can signup to cook for the rest of the company (engineering obviously makes the best breakfast sandwiches).

Gym/Fitness

We give our employees a $50 stipend every month to help offset the cost of a gym membership or fitness classes.

Beautiful Office

We are located in the heart of Jackson Square. In addition to having an entire floor that was recently renovated, we also have a full kitchen (fridges, oven + stovetop, etc.), bike racks, showers, and a rooftop deck.

Company Retreats

Every year, we plan an all-company retreat to get out of the office, relax, and get to know each other better. Last year we did a few days up in Tahoe, and just a few weeks ago we took the company glamping at an Airstream hotel (https://autocamp.com/)

Workshops/Conferences

In pursuit of continuous learning, we encourage (and cover $$) employees to attend meetups, conferences, etc.

Flexible Hours

Most folks are in the office from 10a-6p, but we don't have any strict rules about it. We also understand things come up and are pretty flexible about work from home days.

401(k) Contribution

We offer a matching 401k up to 5% of base salary.

Health Insurance

We provide partially subsidized medical, dental, and vision coverage.

Team Activities

In addition to abundant happy hours, we also have weekly soccer games, monthly game nights, and quarterly volunteering events.

Transportation

We offer commuter benefits for things like train/bus tickets.

Work from Home

We don't have any hard rules about working from home but understand things come up and let folks do so when need be.

Relocation

We offer a generous stipend from folks coming from out of state. This typically covers things like movers, packing supplies, flights, etc.


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