upsolve.org

ny
11 - 25 Employees
< 10 Engineers
$5M - $10M Funding
Series A

Our mission is to build the best place on the internet for any low-income family to access their financial and legal rights. Today, Upsolve helps low-income families file bankruptcy for free, using an online app. We also provide community and education to families struggling with debt. To date, we’ve relieved over $300 million in debt. TIME recently named Upsolve one of the 100 Best Inventions of 2020. Our funders include Y Combinator, the U.S. Government, Eric Schmidt, the Robin Hood Foundation, and Vinod Khosla.

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Why join us?

  • Relieved $300,000,000+ debt for low-income families. Reach over 2 million low-income households per year. One-of-a-kind to build technology to help low-income families at scale.

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

  • 2020 TIME Best Invention of the Year 2019 Winner of Fast Company's World Changing Idea Award in Social Justice 2018 Winner of the New York Times Good Tech Award


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.

  • Within 6 months, we want to transition from a single point solution for bankruptcy to a free membership for any low-income or working-class family in financial distress who needs to access their legal and financial rights.

  • 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).

Tech stack
React
Node.js
PostgreSQL
AWS
TypeScript

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.

Diversity and Inclusion
Connect with our team during your hiring process

As part of our commitment to an inclusive workplace, we are happy to offer prospective engineers the chance to connect with our engineering employees who come from underrepresented backgrounds. It’s a way to get a better sense of our team and what it might be like to work with us.

If you’re interested in connecting with our team, be sure to bring this up during one of our introductory calls!

Perks & benefits
  • 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.

  • Minority-led company
  • Serves underrepresented populations
  • LGBTQ+ friendly
  • Social impact driven
  • Prioritizes diversity in hiring

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