Snackpass

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

We launched Snackpass last fall at Yale, where we got over 80% of the campus in just two months. Since then, we've replicated our success at Brown and are launching 4 new campuses this August. Our plan is to get to 100 campuses in 18 months and, from there, expand to the surrounding cities.

Unlike most other food-ordering apps, we focus on pickup. Not only is the takeout market 5x greater than delivery, but usage is much greater: our customers Snackpass breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a daily basis.

The restaurant industry is moving towards order ahead — see Chipotle, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, and Shake Shack. However, the app every one will use in the future will be an aggregator of all local restaurants rather than a single restaurant. Snackpass is that app.

Social is our sauce. Our customers tell us that Snackpass is the most fun way to order food — that other food apps feel formal and boring in comparison. Snackpass is about taking universally boring routines and making them unexpectedly delightful and fun. ‍ We are currently assembling our founding team. Help us scale to every campus in the country and beyond 🚀 🇺🇸

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Active Roles
Why join us?
  • We've been growing 14% week over week, for over 40 weeks that school's been in session!

  • Backed by YC, First Round and General Catalyst — together the backers of Uber, Airbnb, Square.

  • One mobile app, online ordering, contactless digital menu, self-service kiosk, and loyalty rewards platform.


Engineering at Snackpass
Engineering team and processes

We are a small team with 1 engineering manager, 3 full stack devs, 1 senior engineer, 2 contractors and 9 interns. We are hungry, passionate and humble.

We are a truly distributed team, so a typical day would be hard to describe. That said, here are the highlights: We start most days (M-W) with a company wide meeting where we share up-to-the-minute company numbers and discuss updates related to Sales, Support, Ops, Eng, Prod and G&A. We start every day with an async standup meeting, demonstrating Transparency, providing Updates on commitments, and surfacing Blockers. We spend time helping teammates with reviews (RFCs, PRs, etc). When starting on new initiatives, we spend time on shaping/planning/research meetings. We strive to help out adjacent teams (Sales, Customer Service, Product, etc) with issues/initiatives. We value and respect heads down focus time. In fact, we are using Clockwise to get better at this. Typically, you will be working on one main feature and a few minor issues every sprint. Regular Meetings Sprint Kickoff on Mondays Retro, 1-s1 on Fridays Demo Day on Wednesday every two weeks

What is the structure of our engineering team? We are a small team with 1 engineering manager, 3 full stack devs, 1 senior engineer, 2 contractors and 9 interns. We are hungry, passionate and humble.

What engineering processes do we employ? I mentioned a lot of it in the engineer at Snackpass question. Since the last few weeks, we have been adopting more agile (Scrum) principles at Snackpass. Not 100% there but incorporating processes when needed and useful.

Technical Challenges

To be extremely honest, we don't build new tools at Snackpass. In fact, we pride ourselves in leveraging existing tools and services to solve consumers problems. That said, here are some of the interesting and technical projects we are working on (without going into too much details)

We recently unlocked the potential of Kiosks in “ordering ahead” use cases with our MVP product. Since the successful launch, we have been working on building it right and at scale. This might sound on the face of it, but when you add so many different devices, it gets complicated pretty fast. Some of the challenging aspects include printer setup, authentication, battery/charging issues, performance of booting an app.

We are working on new viral features to take socialization to another new level. One of them is called Party Mode. We think this is a game changer and are super stoked to launch it in the next few days. We are expanding our feature space into new areas like campus integration. Working with third-parties has its own challenges, what with different API standards, authentication mechanisms, complex workflows, etc. We are discovering new things and learning as we go.

Projects you might work on
  • We recently unlocked the potential of Kiosks in “ordering ahead” use cases with our MVP product. Since the successful launch, we have been working on building it right and at scale. This might sound on the face of it, but when you add so many different devices, it gets complicated pretty fast. Some of the challenging aspects include printer setup, authentication, battery/charging issues, performance of booting an app.

  • We are working on new viral features to take socialization to another new level. One of them is called Party Mode. We think this is a game changer and are super stoked to launch it in the next few days. We are expanding our feature space into new areas like campus integration. Working with third-parties has its own challenges, what with different API standards, authentication mechanisms, complex workflows, etc. We are discovering new things and learning as we go.

  • More to come!

Tech stack
Node.js
React Native
React
Express
MongoDB

Working at Snackpass

We're a team the rolls up our sleeves to get things done. Often know on campus to jump in to help our restaurants partners to wash dishes and help whenever needed!

Benefits and Perks
Work from Home
Transportation
Health Insurance
Flexible Hours
Workshops/Conferences
Free Food
Generous Vacation
Maternal/Paternal Leave
Team Activities

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