Golden

San Francisco
< 10 Employees
< 10 Engineers
$5M - $10M Funding
Pre-Series A

Golden is mapping out the world’s knowledge and building a useful tool for all. We are backed by the leading VCs in the Bay Area and notable angels. Ask us about our demo.

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Why join us?
  • We have a legendary mission of mapping out human knowledge and providing the best interface to storing public and private knowledge. We are taking a hybrid approach of building out a community with an useful visual editor interface and using ML/NLP algos to bring leverage to community contributions and pre fill out existing knowledge. Powerful asynchronous editor, transparent edit histories, merge conflict solutions, following progression of the canonical knowledge of topics of interest, are some of the components to the platform. Please get in touch for a demo.

  • Founded by YC founder Jude Gomila (who sold Heyzap for $45m in 2016). This time round I'm keen to build a multi billion dollar, iconic company and build on the lessons from before. We have put together an ambitious team of mostly engineers to work on the business.

  • Backed by 3 tier A VCs in the Bay Area (not announced yet but ask us about it).


Engineering at Golden
Engineering team and processes

Structure of the engineering team is fairly flat and meritocratic. We have 5 engineers right now and we refer to the person with the most skill in a certain area to take judgement calls in that area (while cross checking it against our vision and principles). We do daily scrums at 10AM to make sure everyone is on track and not blocked. We also have a full team presentation every monday at 10AM to go over all progress of the last week and what we want to achieve this week. We appropriately check PRs from each other when needed and jump into helping each other if requested.

We are running continuous deployment using CircleCI and have linting setup. Every Friday we check for rogue PRs that are hanging out and clean them up. We run a series of tests before deploying our work into production and usually test in staging systems to make sure the project meets its objectives and it meaningful. Our process is under continuous improvement and we are open all make it better. The processes are build by the engineers as well so that they have consensus and buy in to what we execute on. We have a variety of slack channels setup to make everyones life much easier.

We track all projects in asana and are investigating other systems to cut out wasted effort/comms/time.

Technical Challenges
  1. Building a product and related systems for extreme mass usage and scale.
  2. Working on the objective of mapping human knowledge.
  3. Dealing with optimizing algorithms. For example, our diffing engine.
  4. Building complex multi part systems. For example, ontology and attribute mapping, clustering of topics or subjectivity detection in language.
Projects you might work on
  • Create a reverse merge conflict system that can extract previous diffs over a range of data fields.

  • Create a super slick mobile web editing experience bypassing ios 11 bug mine fields on the way :>

  • Use NLP to build ontologies around topics and use summerization algos for abstracts in academic papers.

  • Implement Stripe to take our first company $ in and build a growth system for increasing adoption.

  • Build scrapers and parsers to pull attributes on topics.

  • Build a modern citation system that supports anti evidence, source trust ranking and other features.

  • Create ultra large scale relational databases of topics.

Tech stack
Python/django. Postgres. AWS infrastructure/Elasticsearch. React/Redux. Circle CI. Github.

Working at Golden

Intellectually curious, meritocratic, pragmatic, growth driven, multi disciplinary, hackerish, learning focused, respectful, do no harm.

Free Food

Lunches we give you a credit card and we order in on rainy days, busy days etc, team goes out for lunch when we feel like it. Plus office snacks. As we progress options will grow.

Generous Vacation

25 days PTO + 11 federal.

Gym/Fitness

We like our team members to be healthy. Swim / gym / climb / whatever gets your heart rate above 150.

Beautiful Office

Beautiful as in customizable. Red brick with exposed wooden beam loft, natural light, large desks, smoothies, 3D printer and a micro library.

Health Insurance

Have a good range of options from silver, gold, platinum coverage + vision + dental + FSA.

401(k) Contribution

4% matching

Company Retreats

We don't have a particular schedule on this but when it makes sense we do a company ski trip and off sites when the timing is right.

Flexible Hours

Most of our team are in 9-6/7. We do scrum at 10AM so that is our cut off point to be in for. You can come in earlier if that works for you but always great to hit scrum for 10AM latest.

Workshops/Conferences

We will hit up the correct conferences to make our business grow and learn from the community.

Team Activities

Sporadic local roof top bar cocktails, low key pool custom rule games, unusual skills learning team activities. We have a team of flyers, sailers and climbers.

Transportation

We cover pre tax commute benefits via Gusto.

Relocation

We are willing to help you relocate both time, knowledge and money wise.

Other

Ask us about our book budget. We encourage learning. We have a 3d printer in the office if you want to tinker. We have green tea.


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