Every human-made product on earth traces its roots to chemistry — from food to pharma, water purification to your new smartphone — chemistry makes every innovation possible.
Knowde is transforming the $5 trillion chemical industry by building a rich, digital marketplace where buyers and sellers can research, discover, collaborate, negotiate, and purchase chemicals and ingredients quickly and repeatedly. By moving these transactions online, Knowde is broadly expanding the reach of the chemicals marketplace and also providing a level of information transparency never before seen in this industry.
The chemicals industry, the largest and most fragmented industry in the world, is ripe for innovation. The way things are currently done is still through field sales teams, product catalogs, brochures, and face to face meetings. The pandemic has exacerbated the need this industry to adopt a more tech-driven approach and Knowde is the only company in the world working on solving this massive opportunity and we're seeing a lot of early adoption. Some of the largest players in the space including DuPont, Roquette, and Sasol have joined our marketplace.
Our Series A was recently led by Sequoia and included previous investors Refactor Capital, Bee Partners, and Cantos Ventures. Shaun Maguire (https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaun-maguire-9881302b/) from Sequoia and an engineer by trade joined our board. He has a strong track record for investing in wildly successful, technical teams.
We have two full-stack engineering teams operating on two-week SCRUM tracks with very collaboration between the product, design, and engineering teams. Each sprint starts with a planning meeting where we can confirm team capacity and plan the work for upcoming days. We use trunk development process with engineers sending their pull request on Github, where it receives review before being deployed to production. Our build pipeline is fully automated with CircleCI and the sprint cadence dictates when different environments are going to get deployed. We're shipping several deployments per each sprint.
- Server side rendering
- Event driven architecture
- Search recommendations build and relevance tuning
- Moving from couple monolith apps to few smaller integrated services
- SAML integration
- Encryption in transit and at rest
You could drive indexing huge data sets with complicated taxonomies to provide exemplary search solutions.
We're a flexible, remote team that has fun building a complex ecommerce marketplace together. With a small team feel, every member is empowered to make decisions. We have a strong focus on code shipping features without sacrificing code quality.
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