Senior Backend Engineer

New York, NY, United States • $130k - $175k • 0.5% - 1.0%


Role Location

  • New York, NY, United States


  • $130k - $175k
  • 0.5% - 1.0%


26 - 50 people


920 Broadway Fl 15
New York, NY, 10010, US

Tech Stack

  • Python
  • JavaScript
  • React
  • AWS
  • Google Cloud
  • Redux
  • CircleCI
  • RabbitMQ
  • Docker
  • Terraform
  • Celery

Role Description

Kalepa is looking for Backend / Data Engineers to lead the development of our world-class software for commercial insurers.

Backend / data engineers at Kalepa will be solving interesting and challenging problems at the intersection of large and performant data pipelines, distributed systems, cutting-edge machine learning models, and robust infrastructure. You will be working in a small team building technology from the ground up with the latest stack.

Kalepa is a New York based, VC backed, startup building software to transform and disrupt commercial insurance. Nearly one trillion ($1T) dollars are spent globally each year on commercial insurance across small, medium, and large enterprises. However, the process for estimating the risk associated with a given business across various perils (e.g. fire, injury, malpractice) is still reliant on inefficient and inaccurate manually entered forms or outdated and sparse databases. This information asymmetry leads to a broken set of economic incentives and a poor experience for both businesses and insurers alike.

By combining cutting edge data science and industry expertise, Kalepa delivers AI-powered decision-support software to commercial insurance underwriters. Kalepa's Copilot enables underwriters to focus their time on the highest ROI opportunities and rapidly evaluate, select, and price risk. By analyzing billions of points of structured and unstructured data, Kalepa's Copilot augments underwriters with insights and recommendations on every risk. Copilot allows each underwriter to perform at the level of the most experienced and effective underwriters and at top efficiency.

Kalepa's team members bring experiences from Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, ClassPass, Atlassian, APT (acquired by Mastercard for $600M in 2015), MIT, Berkeley, UPenn, and the Israel Defense Forces.

Kalepa is backed by IA Ventures, investors in Datadog, Flatiron Health, TheTradeDesk, Transferwise, Digital Ocean, Komodo Health, and many others.

About you:

  • You enjoy understanding customer business needs and translating them into specifications or code
  • You are excited about using a wide set of technologies, ultimately focused on finding the right tool for the job
  • You are energized by automating the collection, parsing, reconciliation, and storage of huge volumes of disparate data from a variety of sources
  • You are a proactive and collaborative problem solver with a “can do” attitude
  • You have in-depth knowledge of at least one modern language and are willing to work on Python, SQL and no-SQL databases
  • You have hands-on experience with data analytics and data engineering
  • You have experience with AWS infrastructure

We offer:

  • Work with an ambitious, smart, and fun team to transform a $1T global industry
  • Ground floor opportunity – opportunity to build the foundations for the product, team, and culture alongside the founding team
  • Wide-ranging intellectual challenges spanning full-stack software development, AI / ML, and strong design
  • Competitive compensation package with a significant equity component

About Kalepa

At Kalepa, we are building the operating system for commercial insurance underwriting.

Commercial insurance is in dire need of technology and data to property evaluate risk, relying on disjointed tools and manual processes. The status quo — rife with inefficiency and opacity -- leads to a poor experience for business owners and insurers alike. Our goal is to become the word’s trusted source of risk intelligence and transform the commercial insurance industry.

Company Culture

We are a small, scrappy team who values getting things done efficiently. We are obsessed about building an idea meritocracy, focusing on our customer pain points, demonstrating grit and hustle on everything we do, transparency and candid feedback, and experimentation. We are motivated by changing a $1T global industry and helping businesses get the protection that they need. Additionally, we are a global team who embraces multiple cultures and interests. We have avid hikers, cyclists, skiiers, and rock climbers, whisky and wine aficionados, a builder of guitars, and collectively speak 12+ languages.

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