Staff Software Engineer, Discovery

| San Francisco, CA, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 150,000-220,000 Annually
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About Us

Harmonic is using data and AI to map the world of startups. When companies are first formed, they’re invisible to the world. We’ve created the only complete startup database, enabling the right investments to reach the right entrepreneurs at the right moment. We cover founders who’ve just filed for incorporation to scaleups hiring their go-public CFO, all in real-time with rich firmographic, team info, and time-series data.

Hundreds of venture teams have become data-driven and deployed their dollars more effectively thanks to Harmonic. Firms like Accel, NEA, Brex, Notion, and Google Ventures use Harmonic to connect startups with the capital and resources they need to drive growth. We’re backed by some of the best investors - Craft, Sozo, Floodgate, and several others, all of whom started as customers first.

We believe your ability to pick up new skills, excitement for personal growth, and passion for professional development are more important than where you are today. We invite you to reach out if you’re driven, curious, optimistic, and passionate about mastering your craft!

The role

Before reading further, take a look at our cultural values and see if it resonates with you!

We are looking for an engineer to join our team and help us unlock the full potential of our most critical asset: our data. You will have direct impact on our revenue and delivering value to our customers by ensuring that our systems can handle the complex relationship between our entities.

You will be responsible for scaling our knowledge graph infrastructure and managing our time series data. You will also evaluate and improve our data storage and taxonomy systems, and mentor and manage other engineers on the team.

We are looking for someone who is constantly looking for ways to increase the effectiveness of the team through the use of technology, and who shares our values of being low ego, obsessed, curious, and collaborative. If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!

What we value:

  • Being customer-obsessed: At the start of each two-week sprint, we commit to our deliverables, focusing on customer impact and fulfilling commitments. Expect an environment of high personal accountability.
  • Continuous self-improvement: We prioritize growth and feedback, celebrating wins & achievements while focusing on how we can strive to be even better next time. We exchange regular feedback and hold quarterly sessions to discuss each other's strengths and areas for growth, driving our development. We index heavily on introspection, openness to feedback, and direct communication.
  • “Get shit done” attitudes: Even when things are uncertain, all of our team members excel at pushing projects ahead, asking the right questions, and overcoming obstacles to keep things moving. You understand the importance of balancing speed and quality, and you excel at communicating what can be realistically achieved given the circumstances.

Who you are:

  • Inquisitive: What kind of topics pique your interest? What keeps you up late at night? What kind of problems do you like to solve?
  • Accountable: Do you take psychological ownership of your work? What are your action steps when things don’t go according to plan? Can we count on your word?
  • Engaged: How active are you in accomplishing your personal and professional goals? Are you proactive about identifying roadblocks? What do you do when you see something that isn’t working?

About the team:

The Discovery team makes it delightfully easy for users to find the startups they are looking for. 

If you are curious about the team, here’s more information:

  • Explore Working with Sang to understand decision-making processes related to the engineering function.
  • Work with people like Jimmy, Akshaya, Simant, and Gavin!
  • Explore the Team Page to get acquainted with the rest of the company. We're an exceptionally collaborative and engaged group, deeply committed to our shared cultural values.

Specifically, you will:

  • Derive deeper insight from our data by scaling our current knowledge graph infrastructure to handle hundreds of millions of startup related data.
  • Deeply understand how our insight layer is connected to the rest of our application layer and ensure the needs of our customers as well as our teams are met by focusing on performance, observability, and most importantly customer demand.
  • Evaluate how we store time series data and help us scale it 10x the current throughput in an iterative manner.
  • Leverage ML infrastructure and services to continually improve our taxonomy and derive relevant signals from the underlying data.

Role requirements:

  • 5+ years of building highly performant, highly observable, and highly scalable systems.
  • Extensive experience in search systems (search, recommendations, and knowledge graphs). Passionate about making discovery more intuitive and user-friendly.
  • Experience with search technologies (Lucene, Elastic Search, Solr, etc)
  • Experience with streaming technologies (Pub/Sub, Kafka, RabbitMQ, etc).
  • Experience with various data storage solutions (SQL, NoSQL / key-value stores).
  • This is a hybrid position, we require 3 times a week in-office attendance. You will need to be based out of either New York or the Bay Area, but can visit any of our three offices:
    • Williamsburg, New York
    • San Mateo, California

Plus If...

  • 2+ years of experience in an early-stage startup.
  • 3+ years of experience in leading teams either as a Technical Lead or Engineering Manager.
  • Proven track record migrating systems in a changing environment that allows for little to no downtime to meet increasing demand.
  • Obsessed about your craft and share your knowledge (tech talks, articles, open source, etc).
  • Experience in working in Python/strongly typed languages.


$170K - $250K Salary + Equity (flexible depending on the level)

Our stackThe Process

Our goal in hiring is to make sure we click on both sides. We’re all about saving time and not beating around the bush. If it’s not looking like a match, we’re upfront and quick to say so, keeping things honest and moving smoothly for everyone involved.

We despise the typical software engineering interview process because it does not align with our day-to-day work. We structured our interview process around pragmatism. Expect us to ask questions closely aligned with the work we expect you to do.

Here’s our interview process:

  • (30 mins) Introduction Chat: Let's discuss whether Harmonic is the right place for you. We'll review your experience and allocate time for any questions you may have
  • (30 mins) Hiring Manager Call: Here we focus on accountability, and how much personal ownership one takes of their work.
  • (Max 5 hours) Take-Home Exercise: We will send you a description of one of our current company challenges and ask you to come up with a creative solution.
  • (45 minutes each) Team interview: Meet with a member of our Product team to focus on how you would collaborate, and another member of our Engineering team to go over your take-home & conduct a technical assessment.
  • (2.5 hours) Engineering Jam Session: Detailed discussion of the take-home and digging in deeper to measure technical skills. This will involve coding with 2-3 engineers on our team.
  • (Async) Reference Checks
  • (In person) Dinner/Lunch: Get to know Max, our CEO, over dinner! We can only get to know each other so much through video calls. We believe this is a critical hire and believe this investment is necessary. Flight and housing (if needed) are covered.
  • 🩺  Top of the line health, dental and vision insurance, with 100% premium covered
  • 📈  401k matching
  • 🌴  Unlimited vacation and sick leave
  • 🌍  Offices in NYC, SF, & LA

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More Information on Harmonic
Harmonic operates in the Consulting industry. The company is located in New York, New York. Harmonic was founded in 2020. It has 42 total employees. To see all 6 open jobs at Harmonic, click here.
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