11 - 25 employees
11 - 25 engineers
$1m - $2m funding
Series a

Deako (based out of Seattle, WA) is a Y-Combinator 20 person IOT smart lighting startup with a completely different approach to the market. Our product enables homeowners to upgrade their home without without an electrician or messy wires. We work with the top 25 builders in the USA and are expanding rapidly.

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Why join us?

  • Our product is truly unique, no one else has modular lighting, and this enables us to build really cool stuff beyond just a light switch.

  • Deako is being used in the top home builders across the USA.

  • We value great engineering talent. Wednesday is a no-meeting work from home day. You can contribute back to open source. We believe great ideas come from anyone and a bottoms up approach is best.

Engineering at Deako

Engineering team and processes

We are a small team of firmware, mobile, and backend engineers. As a fellow team member, you get to work on new features that help drive the company forward. We believe in strong team ownership of code, and have a fairly democratic RFC process for proposing new architectural solutions. Done is better than perfect.

Technical Challenges

Most smart home systems work in centralized hub and device model. Deako works as a distributed mesh. Each device has limited resources and must work together for a solid user experience. If you have worked on distributed systems, you may understand some of the challenges around data integrity. OTOH, it is much more resilient and since there is no hub, there is one less thing to plug in.

Projects you might work on
  • Z-Wave to BLE Mesh Bridge. We want a product that can bridge between a z-wave network and our own low powered ble mesh.

  • Wifi mesh. Wifi mesh will unlock larger MTU sizes which will enable us to build better features.

  • Alarm system integrated into the switch.

Tech stack
React Native

Working at Deako

We hire talented engineers who like working on cool stuff. Engineering works in a bottoms up manner rather than top down. ie there are no architects here that force a decision, we have a process for teammates to voice and weigh in on processes and technical decisions. Engineers are treated as equal partners in the company rather than cogs in a wheel.

We value shipping code that customers will use rather than features to check off a list. Generally we value an 80/20 rule where it is more important to ship a feature 80% complete quickly rather than ship a feature 100% delayed.

Perks & benefits
  • Health Insurance
  • Work from Home

    Most of our teammates choose to work from home Wednesday. We don't hold meetings that day.

  • Workshops/Conferences

    We have a budget for workshops and conferences.

  • Maternal/Paternal Leave
  • Generous Vacation
  • Flexible Hours

    We care about productivity, not hours.

  • Team Activities

    Trivia nights, sometimes game board nights, and at the end of every month we go to the bar.

Our Team by the Numbers

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