Forge

San Francisco
51 - 100 Employees
11 - 25 Engineers
$50M - $100M Funding
Series B

Forge is the stock market for private companies. We work with individuals (employees and investors), institutions (VCs, Funds, Banks), and the largest and best-known tech companies to enable liquidity and access in the private company ecosystem.

We raised our $85M Series B and there is enormous scope for ownership and growth as we’re growing rapidly on every front (team size, product lines, geography, adoption).

Our mission is to bring liquidity to illiquid assets through technology and to fix the economics around startup compensation, in order to accelerate global innovation.

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Active Roles
Why join us?
  • Small, highly technical team — We're on track to complete over $2 billion in trades this year, and have a small 14-member engineering team. We've accomplished this by building a stellar, high-performance team, and by solving complex business problems with technology instead of humans.

    Our team's expertise lies at the intersection of technology, finance, and law. We're led by Y Combinator, Goldman Sachs, SecondMarket, Nasdaq, and BCG alumni, and are personally backed by Peter Thiel, Tim Draper, Scott/Cyan Banister, Charlie Cheever, and other prominent investors.

  • Huge market, very strong growth, growing profits — There is over $1 billion of private company stock listed on Forge today, with tens of millions of dollars worth traded every single month. We take a ~5% fee on this (very friendly compared to the rest of the industry).

    Billions of dollar of stock trade every year in the global secondary market, brokered through a network of brokers around the world in a slow, expensive, and inefficient process. This market is growing rapidly as the trend of companies having extended private lifetimes continues to grow, and more capital globally seeks the returns that the public markets no longer offer.

  • Profound impact on startup employees and the innovation economy — Fundamentally, the people who do the most innovative and impactful work in the world work at startups, and they are all compensated through private stock. When you take an arbitrary asset and make it liquid, you increase its inherent value.

    Forge increases the value that the brightest minds in the world get for doing impactful, innovative work. We give startups a liquid currency they can use to attract and retain talent, allowing small companies to compete with the likes of Google and Facebook.

    Forge also allows employees who have their net worths locked up in private companies break free of their golden handcuffs. Our customers mail us gifts, because we've enabled them to do things like buy a house, pay off student debt, send kids to college, and even get their new companies off the ground.


Engineering at Forge
Engineering team and processes

We believe in transparency and operate as a group of peers who respect ideas, talent, and initiative.

Beyond fostering a culture of engineering excellence, we place a lot of value on entrepreneurial energy and the ability for someone to be an intelligent self-starter. At Forge, engineers hold an incredibly high-impact role, and the benefits when someone has a creative idea they take to completion on their own are compounding and highly leveraged.

Technical Challenges

Forge's systems process tens of millions in dollars in transactions every month (growing quickly!), and our live production systems are subject to strict requirements when it comes to speed, reliability, and security. Doing this while delivering a delightful experience to all of our users is quite challenging.

We have been able to balance these stringent requirements with our desire to be agile and productive through intelligent abstractions, investments in our infrastructure, and our affinity for functional programming and static typing.

Projects you might work on
  • Work on 'Deal Engine', our product for automatically executing complex trades using a declarative process graph. Deal Engine allows our business team to graphically design and execute elaborate deals involving signatures, legal approvals, negotiations, bank wires, etc.

  • Work on a product for matching listed trades - when buyers and sellers of shares come to us, we match them up with one another, potentially splitting and merging blocks of supply and demand - on both sides! These are complex real-world transactions involving humans, so there are myriad constraints to match and retries involving human processes.

  • Set up a robust permissions and audit logging system which will let us keep track of all mutations happening throughout our system, letting us iterate quickly without having to be as concerned about data leaks or human error.

Tech stack
Scala
PostgreSQL
GraphQL
React
Akka
Vue.js
TypeScript
Kubernetes
Docker
Functional languages

Working at Forge

Beyond technical excellence, we value entrepreneurial initiative and energy. Many people on our team have started companies in the past, and many others intend to do so in the future.

We believe in hiring brilliant people so that they can tell us what to do, not the other way around.

Generous Vacation

Unlimited Vacation Policy

Health Insurance
Company Retreats

Each quarter, we have a team offsite (Tahoe, Cabo, etc) — they're always incredible, and a great way to make our new teammates feel like a part of the Forge family.

Flexible Hours
Free Food
Beautiful Office

We're located on the 55th Floor of Salesforce Tower, with panoramic views of the North, South and East Bay (and both bridges!)

401(k) Contribution
Philanthropic Contributions
Team Activities
Maternal/Paternal Leave

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