Modal

26 - 50 Employees
11 - 25 Engineers
$10M - $25M Funding
Series A

At Modal, we build the future of automotive retail, for some of the world's largest auto brands and retailers. Modal's digital commerce platform allows global auto brands and dealers to delight their customers with transparent digital commerce, that fits into their own website and showroom experiences.

Modal is a team of elite technology and design experts, from some of the world's most respected companies: Google, Facebook, Tesla, Paypal, Accenture, and many more.

Modal's investors, like Peter Thiel, Y Combinator, Khosla Ventures, and others, have started and backed some of the world's most impactful companies: Paypal, YouTube, Tesla, SpaceX, Square, Stripe, AirBnb, Cruise, and many more.

We're driven by data and design, and we think we can make a dent in the universe. How about you?

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Active Roles
Why join us?
  • At Modal, you will build technology that transforms the world's largest auto brands.

  • Modals investors have started and backed some of the world's most transformative companies: Paypal, Tesla, Facebook, YouTube, Airbnb, Cruise, Square, Stripe, and many more.

  • At Modal, you'll solve a problem that everyone understands: the pain of car buying.

  • Modal sits at the intersection of a trillion-dollar combined market of mobility, fintech, and insurance, and over time will transform mobility as we know it.

  • Last year, Modal's business 3X'ed. This year, Modal's business can 3X again based solely on already-signed revenue (and it's only the first month of this year).


Engineering at Modal
Engineering team and processes

Modal's engineering team is defined by individual leadership, and talking pride in the craft of one's code. Our team is led by our CTO, and all engineers are not only able but encouraged to interact directly with the CTO, and CEO. We take pride in helping engineers become leaders, be it of teams or technology, and our goal for engineers is that they are able to take ownership over significant pieces of our solution. Engineering teams typically coordinate with fast, daily standup meetings. Pull requests are typically peer-reviewed, and we generally employ rigorous testing prior to production releases, due to the critical nature of our service and the global size of our customers.

Technical Challenges

At Modal, you will not invent the wheel, figuratively speaking. You'll help build the entire moving vehicle. To quote Peter Thiel, one of our investors, Modal is complex coordination of many different technologies, resulting in billions of dollars in transaction volume every year.

Like a moving vehicle, this type of technology requires a high level of design, performance, reliability, and availability. Every transaction we process (and we process many thousands every month) represent large amounts of revenue, and require world-class security and privacy. It's no small undertaking, but it's incredibly exciting to know that your technology will create such a profound business and user experience impact.

Projects you might work on
  • Transact financing and lease approvals in real time for the largest banks in the world.

  • Integrate with a proprietary vehicle image database from a car brand.

  • Build a self-service portal for Modal auto merchants to access transaction data.

  • Spec and implement a vehicle analytics dashboard for a global auto brand.

Tech stack
Node.js
MySQL
AWS
React
Redux

Working at Modal

You can sum up Modal's company culture in two words: progressive, and focused. Modal's culture is very progressive compared to most; engineers in particular are given near full autonomy to complete their projects, and Modal's flat structure means they have access to anyone, anytime, CEO included. The reason Modal can afford to give engineers such autonomy, is because Modal's culture is also very focused on businesses metrics and performance. You may be an engineer, but after working at Modal you'll know as much as an MBA about business metrics. What's more, you'll always know why you're working, because you'll be directly impacting those metrics.

Gym/Fitness

Modal provides a $200 fitness stipend to every employee, to cover a gym membership or regular fitness class. Health is wealth!

Beautiful Office

Modal's office is bright, modern, clean, and was designed by a local SF architect. Modal occupies the 8th floor of a LEED-certified building in the financial district of San Francisco, which includes full lobby, parking, and valet services. The office itself includes high exposed ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, and advanced sensor-based LED lighting that adjusts based on natural daylight. Thanks to its central location downtown, within 2 blocks of Modal's office you have Philz Coffee, Blue Bottle, a half dozen food trucks, and some of the best bars and restaurants in San Francisco!

Transportation

Modal is located in downtown San Francisco, 2 blocks from all major public transportation: SF Muni, BART, and the transbay terminal.

Flexible Hours

Modal is a highly progressive work environment, and when it comes to work hours, we believe in function over form. That means you should work whenever you will function the best, whatever form that may take.

Generous Vacation

Want to go on vacation? Go! Modal has no predetermined policy for vacation or PTO; we not only encourage employees to make a positive impact while they work, we also encourage them to take the time they need to recharge.

Work from Home

Modal's progressive office culture means you are empowered to work in the manner that makes you most effective. If you need to work from home, go for it, no questions asked.

Health Insurance

Modal provides the highest level and quality of medical, dental, and vision benefits available, which is generally a Platinum level PPO.

Maternal/Paternal Leave

Modal has flexible policies for maternal and paternal leave, and wants to be supportive of your work life balance.

Company Retreats

Modal has regular company offsites to unique and interesting destinations all around the San Francisco bay area. These include taking over restaurants and bars, visiting local tracks for races, and even tropical beach trips.

Team Activities

Modal hosts regular office events and happy hours, and Modal loves board games! We also plan team outings around the SF Bay Area, and even a tropical beach trip once in a blue moon.

Relocation

Modal has a vibrant culture in its SF office, and if you'd like to join it, we'll go out of our way to help and support you during your relocation. That includes helping arrange and pay for movers, travel, and more.

Travel

Modal has multiple regional offices from coast to coast, and teammates regularly travel nationally and internationally to attend events, conferences, and meet with global car brands.

Free Food

Modal provides lunch to all teammates every day in its SF office, sourced from the best local businesses. Modal's office is also stocked with a variety of local snacks, and has a complete pantry of plant-based nutrition too!

Pet Friendly

Modal is a very pet-friendly office culture. Especially if you have a wombat. We've never seen a wombat!

Workshops/Conferences

Modal will gladly sponsor you to attend workshops and conferences to develop your professional skills. We pride ourselves in the growth we foster in our team.


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