Wave

New York
26 - 50 Employees
11 - 25 Engineers
$10M - $25M Funding
Series A

In 2017, one billion immigrants worldwide sent over $600 billion home to family and friends, dwarfing foreign governmental aid. In the age of cheap, quick transfers through services like Paypal and Venmo, these people are trekking to stores to pay fees averaging over 7% for transfers that typically take 24 hours or more.

Wave's mission is to change that by making sending money anywhere in the world easy and affordable. Since 2014, our app has allowed Africans in the US, the UK, and Canada to send money instantly to mobile money wallets in Kenya, Uganda, & Tanzania, saving our users over 70% relative to Western Union and MoneyGram.

In 2016, we expanded our scope and began building a mobile money product for domestic markets in Africa. In places where electricity, water and roads don't always work, we're creating financial infrastructure that just works. Our mobile platform in Senegal enables peer-to-peer payments, purchase of goods and services and addresses small business payment needs. Our goal is to make Africa the first cashless continent, starting with Senegal.

Visit wave.engineering to learn more about us!

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Why join us?
  • We're a distributed team of ~30 people who are deeply passionate about our mission of bringing great financial services to the people who need them most.

  • We’re backed by world-class investors including Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, Y Combinator, and the cofounders of PayPal.


Engineering at Wave
Engineering team and processes

We foster autonomy for engineers. We have no project managers—you'll learn to own your own projects at every stage, from understanding the project to monitoring your solution in production. We prize focus: we try to cut out all non-essential distractions so that you can spend as much time in the zone as possible. Aside from two weekly meetings—an all-hands and a one-on-one with your manager—your schedule is yours. We care deeply about code quality. We do thorough design and code reviews, and frequently budget time for internal code improvement projects.

Our stack (note that we will train you on all of these—you don't need any prior experience): We have a Python 3 (+ mypy) backend, GraphQL API and Android (Kotlin) frontend, backed by a Postgres database. Our infrastructure is on GCP, managed with Kubernetes and Terraform.

Learn more about engineering at Wave: https://wave.engineering/posts/coding/

Technical Challenges
  • Keeping up with our growing user base and international expansion.
  • Making our systems robust to all the dependency downtime, crazy errors, and weird corner cases that come with doing instant international money transfer and mobile money across Africa.
  • Doing high-touch, trust-building customer support and communication in a scalable way.
Projects you might work on
  • You'll be responsible for building and improving the ways people pay with Wave. You'll own every step of the process—from understanding the problem, to shipping your solution for users, to helping the customer support team resolve problems.

    Our to-do list changes constantly, but here are some recent projects:

    Allowing people to pay their electricity bills with Wave, by integrating with Senelec, the national electrical utility in Senegal. Building an app for business owners to pay their employees' salaries using Wave. Letting us safely lend smartphones to thousands of taxi drivers so they can accept payments with Wave, by building software to manage the phones and discourage theft.

Tech stack
Flask
Python
PostgreSQL
Heroku
Android
Java
Kubernetes

Working at Wave

Our values:

We’re egolessly mission driven

We focus ruthlessly on the most important thing

We’re embarrassingly honest to stay aligned and move quickly

We don’t wait – we live our fullest lives now

We maximize our rate of learning

Generous Vacation

We have an unlimited vacation policy (20 day minimum).

Travel

Our team is remote, so we encourage co-working with colleagues and spending time in Senegal to be with our users and colleagues who are based there.

Company Retreats

Our team meets in Senegal every two months for retreats, which are one week in length. Wave covers all costs associated with travel to and from Senegal.

Gym/Fitness

Up to $100/month, as long as you actually go 2x/week.

Maternal/Paternal Leave

Baby bonding time - 26 weeks paid at 100% of your salary, that’s roughly 6 months for all new parents

Work from Home

Everyone can choose to work from home or from a co-working space (we're fully remote!)

Philanthropic Contributions
Health Insurance

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