Starcity

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

Starcity is a lifestyle brand which provides beautifully designed co-living communities in major cities, and we're on track to welcome thousands (and one day millions) of customers to our communities over the coming years. Our mission is to make cities accessible to everyone. We have awesome backers including Y Combinator, Bullpen Capital, NEA, Social Capital, Index Ventures and have been featured in notable publications like the New York Times, Business Insider, San Francisco Chronicle, Silicon Valley Magazine, TechCrunch and many more.

We value purpose, integrity, and community, and place are a values-driven organization. We’re looking for teammates who are excited by this challenge, who are respectful and supportive, and who want to give back to and maintain the character of the neighborhoods we love.

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Why join us?
  • Make Cities Accessible for Everyone - Building homes for everyone is really, really difficult; it involves navigating physical, capital, political and emotional pressures that are usually in conflict. As a result, not many people are working on this problem. We welcome this challenge because we don't want to lose the amazing character of the cities we love.

  • Awesome culture: 1. Mission-driven team Be a part of a team motivated by passion and heart, working hard to make the cities we love accessible to everyone. 2. Work/life balance - We perform at our best when our lives are in balance, so Starcity offers care-focused time off for all team members. 3. Benefits —Starcity heavily subsidizes health, vision, and dental plans, and offers 401(k) matching, because your health and future matter. 4. Location - We sit right at the cross-section of historic North Beach, Chinatown, and Jackson Square neighborhoods, just a quick walk from BART. 5. Volunteering - We team up with our members at organized volunteering events to give back to the neighborhoods that we call home. 6. Team activities - From team off-sites to fitness challenges, we constantly push each other to be our best selves.

  • Exciting engineering opportunities: Starcity is at the forefront of a new category of co-living companies. We're tackling the problem of building a new technology stack for property management, real estate asset management and construction as a company that stands to benefit and use its own products. We're a new breed of company that can leverage technology that others can't and stands in a unique position to recognize and tackle problems that others can't.

  • Building a Sustainable Future - Sustainability is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Starcity’s value engineering takes into consideration both the initial and life-cycle costs of a building. Our approach deals with all the surrounding resources such as water, energy, and materials from their beginning as raw materials till their salvage cycle.


Engineering at Starcity
Engineering team and processes

We work using agile methodology with two-week sprints, stand-ups, and encourage pair-programming sessions. Code reviews are performed by engineering management and other individual contributors on the team. Each Friday we conduct an engineering Friday Forum where we give lessons, discuss policy changes and anything else on our minds before heading off to lunch.

We strive to minimize meetings on engineers' schedules by having engineering management and product management receive and triage inbound requests for features/bug fixes. Work-from-home days are allowed and encouraged whenever you need some quiet focus time.

Technical Challenges

Our business is complicated and has many moving pieces. We build a large number of branching workflows that involve: - Handling large dollar figure payments from customers - Moving money into and between many different bank accounts - Time-dependent workflows that span 30 days and more, soon across multiple time zones - Complicated workflows that need to be adaptable to many external factors - Automation of processes that vary in subtle ways due to differences in local laws

Projects you might work on
  • You'd get to work on a variety of rich, single-page web applications that interface with our GraphQL server to drive customer engagement, present real-time information aggregated from many sources to our financial partners, and enable our staff to drive our operational-heavy business.

  • Design a custom access-control system that allows granular control of specific functionalities within our systems to specific people and groups of people, segmented by building and region.

  • Develop a notification system for Slack, SMS and email that allows direct engagement with our members in a variety of common use-cases, e.g. interactive Slack messages to pay rent.

  • Lead the creation of an IoT-based system for monitoring many physical spaces in real-time. This would range from sensor selection/creation to data ingestion, metric visualization and alerting.

  • We've created and actively maintain a standalone payments API specifically tailored to property management companies.

Tech stack
Clojure
AWS
Terraform
Datomic
Clojurescript

Working at Starcity

We are a values driven company. This means that while our outcomes are important, so are our means of achieving them. We’re a team that agrees on the fundamental values that allow us to do our best work.

The Starcity Core Values are the actual ethics that drive us to make great decisions in times of uncertainty. It’s a foundation for how we treat each other and a guide to what determines reward, promotion, and termination within Starcity’s team.

Every time the company doubles in size, we want to rethink, fine tune, and add to our core values. The values of the organization will change as the faces on the team change. The founders have set the original intention for our core values via the Document of Excellence, however it’s up to the team to decide how we evolve, and how that translates into culture. As such, these are the behaviors and attitudes that we expect from our fellow employees:

Purpose (Perseverance) - Purpose is the reason behind all of our actions. It’s the “Why?” that drives us to challenge convention and constantly improve. Where mere intention buckles under the weight of challenges, purpose gives us courage, boldness, and resolve. It allows us to stay adaptable when information changes, agile when faced with adversity, and strong to carry out our mission.

Integrity (Trust) – Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Our team lives our company’s core values—even when no one is looking. When we are honest with each other and aligned on values we can trust each other to do what is right by default. We work together effectively by ensuring that we can trust one another’s intentions.

Community (Humility) - We acknowledge that both our team and the neighborhoods we build in grow sustainably only if we work together. We are interdependent. As we live, work, and grow in many communities across great cities, we will be sincere and humble in our approach, ensuring that our impact is welcomed and positive for both our internal collective and our neighbors.

PITCH for short - It’s important that we control the pitch of the rocket ship we’re on. With the right angle we can preserve fuel and make it all the way to Mars (that's right—we want to build housing on Mars one day)!

Generous Vacation
Travel
Beautiful Office
Maternal/Paternal Leave
Health Insurance
Team Activities
401(k) Contribution
Work from Home

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