Render

remote, sf
11 - 25 Employees
11 - 25 Engineers
$5M - $10M Funding
Pre-Series A

At Render, we are building a powerful, easy-to-use platform to host anything on the web: from simple static sites to complex applications with dozens of microservices. Render offers the flexibility of traditional cloud providers without the maintenance headaches, so developers and teams can focus on product development rather than server management.

We're a talented, small, and diverse group, solving a problem faced by every development team. We iterate quickly while placing the utmost importance on customer experience and product quality. We push ourselves to do better every day. With tens of thousands of customers and rapidly growing revenue, we're on to something big.

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Why join us?

  • We're solving a problem faced by every developer and development team. It's a massive and rapidly growing market (AWS is privately valued at over $200B, and there are over 20 million professional developers globally). We serve over 150 million requests every week, our users love us, and our revenue is growing every month.

  • Everyone wants to move their infrastructure to Kubernetes, but it's too complex for the average development team. Render makes it possible to get the power of Kubernetes without any of its complexity.

  • The former CTOs of VMware and Dropbox are two of our biggest investors and cheerleaders. We also won TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield 2019, where judges included Marissa Mayer (former CEO of Yahoo and early engineer/PM at Google) and Alfred Lin (managing partner at Sequoia Capital).

  • The company is led by Anurag Goel, who was employee #8 and Head of Risk at Stripe. He helped Stripe launch and scale to $5B in valuation, and is applying many of the same principles that helped Stripe succeed to Render.


Engineering at Render

Engineering team and processes

We're a small company of full-stack engineers. We have complete, end-to-end ownership for every project we take on and expect the same from you. We review all major code changes through pull requests and are always pushing ourselves to do better. We iterate quickly and deploy to production several times a day.

Technical Challenges

The biggest issues with platforms like Heroku are lack of flexibility, and cost. We are solving the cost challenges by using containers and Kubernetes and intelligently scaling compute resources up and down. This will continue to be a major area of engineering investment for us going forward.

We solve the lack of flexibility by using Kubernetes under the hood and abstracting all the associated complexity so our users get all the benefits (load balancing, service discovery, autoscaling, health checks, self-healing) without needing to manage Kubernetes or build everything on AWS.

The challenge is in building the right user-facing abstractions that make application deployments effortless and complex application deployments possible. User experience is our primary focus and drives everything we do.

Projects you might work on
  • You will create fun open source projects and documentation in multiple languages and frameworks to demo Render's features.

  • We run our Kubernetes clusters on Google Cloud Platform and AWS. You will enable Render's Kubernetes clusters to run on other clouds and eventually in our own data-centers. You will also allow our users to connect Render resources with their private networks in AWS/GCP.

  • You will create an effortless functions-as-a-service abstraction on Render and enable per-request billing for containerized resources.

  • You will build managed Object Storage, MySQL and Redis for Render users.

  • You will use machine learning to optimize container scheduling and save resources while keeping user workloads responsive.

Tech stack
React
GraphQL
Kubernetes
Go
PostgreSQL
Docker
TypeScript

Working at Render

We're looking for candidates with high integrity, low ego, and an insatiable drive to learn. We love to improve our work through reasoned discussion and constant feedback. We trust and respect each other by default.

Our interview process is unique to each role, and we value the candidate experience just as highly as our customer experience. We hope your experience with us— no matter the outcome— will reflect a thoughtfully crafted interview process that respects your time and allows both parties to get to know each other's potential. We especially encourage members of underrepresented groups in the tech community to apply.

Diversity and Inclusion

Our Operating Principles guide our work and decision making at Render. It is a manual for new hires and a handy reference for the rest of us.

Obsessive Focus on User Experience

  • Everything user-facing is beautiful and intuitive. We elicit surprise and delight through the tiniest of details, and show our customers we care.

  • We minimize the amount of thinking, reading, and clicking Render users need to do. We do the laborious work upfront so our users don't have to. We serve to abstract over complexity.

  • We treat Render users the way we'd like to be treated. Customer service is core to UX and a big differentiator in a crowded market like ours.

Quality over Scope

  • Work quality is non-negotiable. Scope, release schedule, and team size can all be tuned based on the situation and customer needs.

  • Reliability, uptime, and system predictability are all critical components of quality work. It takes years to build a brand known for reliability, and just a couple of incidents to destroy it.

  • Bugs and human errors are often a result of faulty assumptions or lack of rigor in delineating error and edge cases. We minimize and verify assumptions and take the time to do things right.

Continuous Learning

  • Much of what we're doing hasn't been done before. We sustain world class performance by picking up concepts and ideas quickly and as needed. We collectively subscribe to the growth mindset.

  • Failure and mistakes are healthy as long as we're making new ones. Each failure should be examined dispassionately, objectively and without blame and treated as an opportunity to improve.

  • We are incessantly curious about technology and people. We stay on top of industry trends and work to advance the state of the art in the field. We are also a social organization, and we work collectively to observe and optimize organizational behavior.

Constructive Conflict

  • The best ideas and outcomes often emerge from vigorous debate amongst diverse viewpoints. We encourage intellectual disagreement when conducted with mutual trust and respect. We believe in building on each other’s ideas.

  • Being eventually correct is much better than being consistently incorrect, and we focus on getting to the right answer through reflection and discussion, instead of trying to be right the first time. We debate ideas, not people.

  • We practice intellectual honesty and strive to see things for what they are, instead of what we wish for them to be. We give each other permission to challenge our point of view.

Global Optimization

  • We leave things better than we found them. This includes code, internal and external documentation and company processes and tools.

  • We lean on each other: the people at Render are the heart and soul of the company, and we offer and seek help liberally.

  • As we grow and priorities begin to compete, we work together to do what's best for our customers and our company long term.

Perks & benefits
  • Generous Vacation

    Four weeks of paid vacation, available from day one.

  • Beautiful Office

    We love our sunny, commutable SF office, but you should work from home if you have a delivery or chore to take care of.

  • Maternal/Paternal Leave

    12 weeks of fully paid parental leave for all parents to bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child. Additionally, once your leave is complete, we'll work with you to create a supportive plan of return.

  • Relocation

    We will provide financial and logistical assistance in helping you relocate to the Bay Area.

  • Flexible Hours

    We care about outcomes, not face time. We don't have hard and fast rules, but most of us try to get in around 10 and leave by 6 or 7.

  • Transportation

    Render offers public transit passes and subsidized Lyft to help you reach our SoMa office.

  • Health Insurance

    100% employer-paid medical coverage and 99% employer-paid dental and vision coverage for you and a dependent. FSAs available too.

  • Gym/Fitness

    Monthly wellness stipend for however you like to stay well.

  • Team Activities

    We invest in team cohesion in a number of ways, including milestone celebrations, company dinners, and semi-annual retreats.

  • Visa Support
Our Team by the Numbers
Engineering team
Women
22%
Company-wide
Women
33%

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