upsolve.org

< 10 Employees
< 10 Engineers
$2M - $5M Funding
Pre-Series A

Upsolve is a Y Combinator-funded nonprofit that helps low-income families file for bankruptcy for free. They help families on the verge of hunger, poverty, and homelessness get back on their feet after they face medical bills, layoffs, and predatory loans. In 2018, Upsolve won the New York Times Good Tech Award.

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Why join us?
  • Relieved $30,000,000+ debt for 500+ low-income families in the last six months.

  • Top tier funders that include Y Combinator, Vinod Khosla, Eric Schmidt, Chris Sacca, Jim Breyer, the Robin Hood Foundation, Harvard, and several others.

  • 2019 Winner of Fast Company's World Changing Idea Award in Social Justice 2018 Winner of the New York Times Good Tech Award

  • We generate revenue and we're on track to be the first fully-self sustainable legal aid nonprofit in the United States.


Engineering at upsolve.org
Engineering team and processes

We operate on a two-week sprint structure. Every other Monday, our entire team gets together to propose features, and we vote on what will be the highest impact and lowest effort.

Technical Challenges

We're automating the attorney review process of our bankruptcy forms with artificial intelligence, so that we can scale the amount of families we help without increasing our costs.

Projects you might work on
  • In the next 3 months, double site traffic.

  • In the next 6 months, optimize the business model so we can break even as an organization and be default-alive (currently 50% of the way there over the past 2 months).

  • By the end of the year, accomplish 4,000 filings (did 400 last year).

Tech stack
React
Node.js
PostgreSQL

Working at upsolve.org

Radical honesty. We’re ridiculously honest with each other about how we’re personally feeling in our professional, social, and personal life. We’re also honest about how what other people do makes us feel. All company-wide metrics and finances are public.

Ruthless prioritization. We always push each other to work on the most important thing that they could be working on at any given time. 99% of the time, this is directly tied to: helping more people file and generating more revenue so that we can help more people file.

Have fun. When people are happy and having fun, they do their best work. We all do what we can to make sure we’re doing our best work.

10x ambition. We always ask ourselves how can we be 10x more ambitious in the next week, the next month, the next year, and the next 10 years. Whatever we choose to do, we need to be 10x better than the status quo.

Bare-knuckle brawlers. We’re always the underdog who is resourceful and does what it takes to succeed. To fight without gloves, you need to seek discomfort. You fight till the end.

Optimistic skydivers. If we’re on a plane and our teammate hands us a backpack, we trust that there’s a parachute inside. We’re extremely optimistic about the future.

Product Principles

Move fast, learn fast, and do no harm. We must push ourselves to launch as much as possible as fast as possible, learn from it, and make our user’s lives easier not harder.

Coffee mug love. One of Upsolve’s first users bought Rohan and Jonathan a mug with our initials on it. We always seek to inspire that level of love in our service. We seek to “earn” as many coffee mugs as possible.

A user’s best friend. A best friend will help you stay on the right track. They’ll be there for you in your darkest hour no matter what. We advocate for our users.

Generous Vacation

Unlimited Vacation

Company Retreats

We're going to Alabama this year to visit the Equal Justice Initiative.

Flexible Hours

Getting work done is most important!

Work from Home

You can work from home whenever you want. Only need to come into the office 1-2 days/week.


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