DIRT Protocol

Silicon valley
< 10 employees
< 10 engineers
$2m - $5m funding
Pre-series a

DIRT is a protocol for trusted data. Our mission is to build the Wikipedia for structured data, and make it freely accessible. Today, we depend on a few gatekeepers for reliable data. This system falls apart if the sources are reliable or have an incentive to lie. Rather that trusting the source for the information, DIRT defines a set of rules that incentivize honesty and make it economically irrational for misinformation to persist.

Founded this year by Stanford and Y Combinator alumni who sold her last company to MSFT. DIRT raised $3M from Greylock, General Catalyst, SV Angel, Lightspeed, Pantera, etc. Join a small, agile, and experienced team with three YC alumni to build the data layer for the blockchain.

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Why join us?

  • We are a small, agile team with three Y Combinator alumni. The founder sold her last company to Microsoft. Join our founding team and receive meaningful stake. You will grow and learn more here than anywhere else.

  • You will have an opportunity to build out an enormous network via our investors and advisors. We raised $3 million from Greylock, General Catalyst, Lightspeed, SV Angel, Pantera, Fred Ehrsam, Elad Gil, and other tier one investors.

  • Ramp up on cryptocurrency as an emerging technology. Have a front row seat in building the data layer for the decentralized ecosystem. Help us create a world where data to build applications is free and no company or government holds a monopoly on information.

Engineering at DIRT Protocol

Engineering team and processes

We are seeking senior full stack engineers who can carry a feature from spec to production. You will work across the stack (Solidity to front end) and have a voice in the product direction of DIRT.

We use Github for pull requests and Slack for discussions. Weekly goals are set on Monday, and recaps are done on Fridays. We have daily standup at 10am PST.

Technical Challenges

We have a long list of engineering challenges. Here are a few we want you to tackle:

Designing for upgradeability - Once deployed, Ethereum smart contracts cannot be changed. We have architectured our protocol to individually replace smart contracts without upgrading the entire system. How else can we future proof our contracts?

Designing for security - Our smart contracts control tokens with a real economic value. Smart contract vulnerabilities such as this and this can lead to irreversible loss of funds. We are developing a robust testing infrastructure, and deployment process to guard against these mistakes. Identifying automated and human means to building a secure protocol will be critical.

Designing for integration - Our first customers are developers and few developers have experience with Solidity. We need to make it easy for existing applications to integrate DIRT datasets without requiring developers to have blockchain or solidity experience.

Projects you might work on
  • Build a cryptocurrency price tracker. Create a data pipeline to fetch cryptocurrency prices from multiple exchanges. Challenges including converting token prices to a common fiat currency (ex: some tokens only trade to ETH), responsive frontend optimizing for speed, handling timeouts from exchanges, etc.

  • Integrate the application with data in DIRT smart contracts that live on the Ethereum blockchain. Understand the tradeoffs of decentralization and make the call on what parts of the stack should be centralized for better performance.

Tech stack

Working at DIRT Protocol

We are an experienced team with three Y Combinator alumni. We've started and scaled companies before. We operate with a high degree of autonomy and prioritize shipping products to maximize learnings.

As a member of the team:

You'll get autonomy to make decisions AND mistakes. We're a team that biases towards shipping code and learning.

You'll find a team that trusts each other. We step up for each other to create space for the team to do their job.

You'll learn how to express your thoughts. We actively work on clear and succinct communication of ideas

You'll learn to build decentralized apps and be a early thought leader in the space.

Perks & benefits
  • Generous Vacation

    Unlimited vacation

  • Health Insurance

    We cover 85 - 100% of the your premium depending on the plan that you choose.

  • Free Food

    Snacks + Lunch + Dinner provided

  • Transportation

    $250 / month transportation if you are commuting to work. Our office is walking distance from the downtown Mountain View Caltrain.

Our Team by the Numbers

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