East bay, remote, sf, silicon valley
11 - 25 employees
< 10 engineers
$5m - $10m funding
Pre-series a

Kimkim was created by experienced travel entrepreneurs. Our mission is to help independent travelers have unforgettable travel experiences by creating custom trips that perfectly match the unique requirements and desires of each traveler. We do this by combining cutting-edge technology with a global network of travel specialists. This combination of humans and technology creates magical experiences that can’t be achieved through technology alone.

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Why join us?

  • As the second engineer on the team, you will have many opportunities for ownership, growth, and to play a significant role as travel opens back up again and the travel demand returns.

  • Previously, we built some of the world's leading travel apps, including TripAdvisor, EveryTrail and TrekkingPartners. Core kimkim team comes from TripAdvisor.

  • We are building the next generation travel company. Kimkim travelers are extremely satisfied with 4.8 / 5 stars (1,541 reviews).

Engineering at kimkim

Engineering team and processes

We are a lean product and engineering team, currently 1 engineer and 1 head of product.

We work in a flexible way distributed across multiple time zones, with most communication asynchronous. Daily communication is over Slack and Zoom, and we rely on shared Google Docs, Jira, Figma, and Loom videos to communicate asynchronously.

No specs are 100% final. We encourage and expect everyone on the team to share their perspectives and feel comfortable sharing different viewpoints to help us understand the tradeoffs between certain implementation decisions/designs from a technical perspective.

We break projects into smaller chunks, with each typically taking 0-3 days from start to launch. We have no scheduled releases and push code several times a week or day as projects are ready. We try to design and code for flexibility, as we typically make changes once we see things live and in use.

Sometimes several projects go live through the day, other times we go a few days without pushing things live. It's based on when things are ready to launch.

Technical Challenges

We are building tools to help our specialists and partners create beautiful and complex itineraries, we also analyze new trip request descriptions to determine which are more likely to be a good fit (and for which company) and which ones may benefit by asking more information.

Kimkim is a marketplace, and the product and engineering teams are building products to help our specialists, travelers, and our internal support team—in essence, 3 distinct products to drive the growth of the overall marketplace.

Projects you might work on
  • For our specialists: we are building tools to quickly create beautiful itineraries and price them effectively. We build tools to help our specialists manage many concurrent ongoing traveler trips and tools to help prioritize their time for the most likely trips to book.

  • For our travelers: we want to create a fun and engaging onboarding experience, where travelers can tell us what they are looking for on their trip. This also helps us match them to the best available specialist. We are also experimenting with ways to increase brand loyalty as well as creating “6-star experiences” during the trip.

  • For our internal team: we want to build tools and metrics to help our team grow our specialist network in a “quality guaranteed” way. We identify best practices and try to train and encourage the rest of the partner network to adopt them. We want to be able to share metrics that help pinpoint specific areas for growth and improvement for each partner company.

Tech stack
Ruby on Rails

Working at kimkim

We love travel, and we love giving access to great travel experiences (off the beaten path with a local flavor) to as many consumers as possible. We are laser focused and walk through walls to win. We take ownership of our projects. On the engineering side we highly value code quality, performance and security.

Diversity and Inclusion
Connect with our team during your hiring process

As part of our commitment to an inclusive workplace, we are happy to offer prospective engineers the chance to connect with our engineering employees who come from underrepresented backgrounds. It’s a way to get a better sense of our team and what it might be like to work with us.

If you’re interested in connecting with our team, be sure to bring this up during one of our introductory calls!

Perks & benefits
  • Generous Vacation

    Unlimited vacation policy. You are responsible to take as much vacation as you need to do a great work.

  • Health Insurance
  • Workshops/Conferences

    We encourage our engineers to attend external conferences

  • Company Retreats

    Once a year we choose a cool place for our all-company retreat. This year will be Paris. We will do a day of work and couple days of activities...

Our Team by the Numbers

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