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Koan is the modern leadership platform

Backend Engineer (Node.js, TypeScript)

$90k - $150k • 0.25% - 0.75%
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We’re looking for engineers that enjoy having a huge impact at fast-growing startups and that have a passion for our mission of making work more purposeful.

About Koan:

Organizations struggle with communicating and measuring progress on their objectives. Teams work in isolation, priorities get lost, and the shared documents and spreadsheets companies use for tracking are a mess and don’t scale. Koan is here to help with a modern approach to strategic business execution. From the executive level down to individual contributors, Koan combines status reporting and goals (OKRs) tracking to improve transparency, accountability and feedback. By aligning the entire organization with a suite of tools that employees love using, Koan helps every team work with purpose.

- We’re a small, venture-backed team based out of Portland and Palo Alto building a modern leadership platform. As an analogy: salespeople have Salesforce, engineers have JIRA and Github… Koan is building the de-facto tool for leaders and managers.
- We believe there’s a better way for teams and companies to set and manage goals and we’re building the next category in Enterprise Software.

What you’ll be doing:

- Joining the early technical team, improving and maintaining the product
- Scaling up our Node.js backend and infrastructure as our business grows
- Working with the founding team in Portland

You’ll have:

- Production Node.js experience or a motivation to learn quickly
- Proficiency with popular AWS services: EC2, Cloudfront, DynamoDB, SQS, Lambda
- A deep understanding of JavaScript fundamentals
- A formal background in computer science or experience shipping software

Bonus points for:

- Experience working with DynamoDB or another NoSQL database
- Experience building an API to support several clients
- Experience with GraphQL
- Experience with TypeScript or other type systems
- Experience building SaaS integrations with services like Slack, JIRA, Asana, etc.
- Experience with Docker or other container systems

We like:

- Enjoying a challenge and being proud of our work
- Building great user experiences
- Caring about customers
- Making things work, then making them work better
- Documenting and fixing technical debt
- Testing and writing code that can be depended on
- Continuous deployment and developer happiness
- Having fun while building a great company

Why Koan:

Working at Koan has its benefits. As a growing team with a Silicon Valley mindset and a Portland ethos, our team enjoys:

- generous stock grants
- competitive salary
- employer-sponsored 401K accounts
- flexible schedules
- premium health insurance
- great work/life balance

We also offer new parents paid family leave, including for adoptions: 12 weeks paid leave for birthing parents and 10 weeks for their partners. And when you're ready to return to work, we'll work with you on the schedule you need.

We're currently looking for Portland-based employees or individuals ready to relocate to Portland.

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