Our mission is to empower local merchants and the people who love them.
We are a for-profit C-Corporation which is a Public Benefit Corp. As such, we get to declare the public benefits we serve - in addition to creating shareholder value as a north star for the company, its investors, and its board.
Our public benefits statement is to create
economic opportunity for business owners and positive climate impact.
Why join us?
We are founded by April Underwood, former Chief Product Officer at Slack, and co-founder of #Angels.
We are building a marketplace for people to shop locally. Shoppers want to funnel their spending towards local business.
Local merchants love us. They want to compete with the online shopping megastores but are losing ground. Nearby helps them compete.
Engineering at Nearby
We are a small nimble 100% remote engineering team that is focused on iterating quickly while we pursue product market fit. We run a weekly 50 minute demo-what-you-built-last-week and prioritization meeting every Monday. We operate out of Slack much of the day but hop on Zoom when we feel the need to collaborate in realtime. We do daily relationship building 15 minute meetings to connect with each other as humans because we believe having healthy relationships with our colleagues is essential to being fulfilled at work.
Puzzle #1: Small Data, Big Problems
Nearby needs solutions to data problems usually solved with big data, but right now Nearby only has small data as we're still growing. We need clever thinking about how to cold start across several domains:
- Product Classification
- Merchant Classification
- Inventory Prediction
- Data normalization
- Data de-duping
Puzzle #2: Sea of Data
Nearby operates in a sea of data which is both numerous:
- Data spidered/scraped from each of our merchants' digital stores
- Data exchanged as part of e-commerce integrations
- Data exchanged as part of PoS integrations
- Data exchanged as part of fulfillment integrations
And also complex:
- Data is highly dynamic
- Data is highly seasonal
- Data is highly heterogenous
- Data is highly temporal
- Data is not trustworthy
Puzzle #3: Sea of Integrations
Nearby would benefit from a massive number of system integrations. Just the pure count of companies which we'd like to integrate with is daunting. We want to meet our merchants however they work best and working in cooperation with all of our merchants' behind the scenes systems is a good way of doing that.
- Big Cartel
- Salesforce Commerce Cloud
- GoDaddy / MySimpleStore
- Oracle CX Commerce
- USPS (* = shipping only not fulfillment)
- UPS (* = shipping only not fulfillment)
- Rakuten Super Logistics
- Red Stag Fulfillment
- Ingram Micro Commerce and Lifecycle Services
- Sprocket Express
- Ruby Has
- Xpert Fulfillment
- Symphony Commerce
- Fulfilled by Sears
- RedHawk Global
- IDS Fulfillment
Puzzle #4: Leveraging Communities for Superior Shopping
How can communities be leveraged to create a fundamentally superior shopping experience? We believe this is possible but we're not sure how.
Puzzle #5: Leading with Editorial Content
We believe editorial content and curatorial wisdom are essential for creating the feel of the shopping experience that we're aiming for. Editorial content can be short lived or not age well. How do we leverage and lead with editorial content in a world that is changing faster than we can react?
Puzzle #6: Curatorial Power of Our Merchants
One of the primary assets our merchants bring to the table is their curatorial expertise. Our merchants curate the products in their store and those decisions carry a lot of value for shoppers. How do we best connect the two?
Working at Nearby
Nearby’s Operating Principles
We’re in the business of business.
The primary way we can serve our mission is to build a resilient, substantial business that is here to stay. We serve our mission and our stated public benefits by bringing our merchants revenue through our marketplace.
Community is our edge.
We seek ways to amplify the power of merchant communities, the connections between a town’s businesses and its residents, and see the connections between our work and thriving cities of every size. We shine the spotlight on the people behind the businesses in a community, and celebrate them in ways they can’t easily do for themselves.
Speak up if there’s food in my teeth.
We communicate with honesty and purpose. When we disagree, we listen to one another and then commit to a path forward as a team.
We embrace shortcuts in service of learning.
We look for the simplest way to solve a problem until we have more information. If we can fix a problem with a spreadsheet instead of a tool we might take months to build, we celebrate this as a win for the team. As we understand a problem better, our inclination to invest in infrastructure or processes that will help us scale increases.
We see humans.
We get to know the actual humans in the communities we enter, and listen and learn from them. We often refer to our merchant partners by their first names. We maintain a spirit of optimism and curiosity about the people we interact with, and make new friends wherever we go - starting right here with the humans on our team.
We do a good job.
We bring creativity and quality to our work, and are proud of what we put out into the world. We take risks and when we fail to meet our own goals, we reflect on why in the open. We value being a team of people who work hard at their crafts. We can hold in balance the idea that we are on a mission, but we also each have jobs to do well.
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!
Nearby has inclusive benefits and celebrates Pride.
Nearby has an unlimited time off policy. We think it's important to actually take vacation to stay healthy, happy, and productive.
For some reason most of our staff have a dog or few. Cat and other pet lovers are welcome too of course.
We provide full medical, dental, and vision coverage.
Social impact driven
Nearby is a public benefits corporation. Our public benefits statement as part of our company charter is to create economic opportunity for business owners and positive climate impact.
Work from Home
Nearby Engineering is 100% remote.
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