Ny, sf
< 10 employees
< 10 engineers
Private funding
Series a

A big network of small-world connections. Prefer connects you to the people and opportunities that strengthen your business.

We believe everyone should have access to a life of prosperity and independence. And we know that this is only possible when people come together, tap into their communities, and support each other. We serve those who serve others. We envision a world where anyone with skills, motivation, and a passion for helping others can turn that into a successful career.

We reject the notion that the future of the work is cold, faceless, and commoditized. By supporting sustainable and meaningful independent careers, we aim to reshape the labor market to create a more inclusive future — one that promotes our unique talents, strengthens our relationships, celebrates our humanity, and makes us all better off as a result.

We're building a platform that helps people who work for themselves keep relationships at the center and make the connections they need to succeed. We have a lofty vision, and we could use your help. If you’re passionate about the problems we’re tackling, come. Join us.

Our most recent blog post is a good summary of our story and recent progress: The New Prefer: Working Independently, Together.

Why join us?

  • We are an early-stage technology company, founded by experienced entrepreneurs and funded by top-tier venture investors including Benchmark, Garrett Camp, and Scott Belsky, and technologists such as Mike Krieger (Instagram), Hugo Barra (VR at Facebook, Ex-Head of Android), Jennifer Hyman (CEO Rent the Runway), Sam Lessin (Ex-VP Product at Facebook), Kayvon Beykpoor (CEO Periscope), Adam D’Angelo (CEO Quora), and David Karp (founder Tumblr).

  • We’ve spent the last two years crafting products to further the goal of making it easier for people to successfully work for themselves. We have built ways to connect people who work independently with the opportunities they need to succeed, hopefully creating a more positive future of work — one that gives people control and agency over their work lives, allowing them to do something they love, on their own terms.

  • Networking on Prefer is not only productive and impactful, but also a fun and rewarding experience. In the Prefer community, the more you give, the more you get in return. It has been an extremely rewarding experience to see so many professionals growing their businesses together and we are excited to continue to improve the product and share Prefer with many more people.

Engineering at

Tech stack
Ruby on Rails
iOS Development

Working at

We value a culture of inclusivity and diversity. Your background and ideas will contribute towards a diverse outlook on a vast, challenging, and meaningful problem-space. Our values guide the way that we approach building not only our product, but also our team and company.

Our vacation policy specifically encourages taking care of yourself and spending time with friends and family. We encourage quality over quantity, and balance over workaholism.

We believe that we’re at our best when collaboration occurs across the whole company. The key to our success is building a team that loves working together, and we think that the best ideas come from a culture of honesty, humility, and mutual respect.

Perks & benefits
  • Generous Vacation

    3 weeks of PTO plus an extra week off during Christmas Eve and New Years.

  • Travel

    We have bi-coastal offices in San Francisco and New York City. We encourage our employees to travel to either offices with all expenses paid for.

  • Company Retreats

    Once a year, we choose an awesome place to have a company off-site retreat.

  • Maternal/Paternal Leave
  • Health Insurance
  • Other
    • Whatever hardware, software, and supplies you need to do your best work
    • A generous stipend for booking professionals using Prefer itself
    • Open company tabs at La Colombe and Blue Bottle
Our Team by the Numbers

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