Shepherd (W21)
Modernizing insurance for commercial construction

Founding Software Engineer

San Francisco / Remote
Full-time
3+ years
About Shepherd

Shepherd's mission - improve the safety and productivity of the construction industry by advancing the use of technology on job-sites.

๐Ÿ‘‹ About us

Shepherd is a YC and venture backed InsurTech startup for the commercial construction marketplace.

The construction industry is one of the largest and most important industries in the world. It creates the physical spaces where we live, work, study, and entertain. Inherently, construction projects are high risk endeavors. The complexity, scale, and inconsistent nature of most projects makes it difficult to predict outcomes. As a result, the role (and cost) of insurance in construction is outsized when compared to other industries.

In the last decade, over $5B+ of venture capital has been invested into advancing construction technology in order to make projects safer and more efficient. Adoption of these tools (both hardware and software) among contractors is growing exponentially each year. But the underwriting models which evaluate and price construction insurance have failed to evolve alongside.

Thatโ€™s why we are building Shepherd.

Weโ€™re starting small and focused: creating a digital, web-based experience for buying insurance. Over time, weโ€™ll begin to break the traditional underwriting mold by leveraging data and technology to better understand, predict, and price construction risk.

๐Ÿ‘ซ Our team

Our founders have extensive backgrounds in tech, construction, and insurance. Justin was co-founder and CEO of TradeTapp, a B2B SaaS platform for contractors that was acquired by BuildingConnected and then Autodesk. Mo led several internal engineering teams at Airbnb, including a no-code CMS that powered all of the company's marketing campaigns.

Together, we're bringing a fresh perspective to construction insurance. We're convinced that technology is the answer to many of the efficiency, safety, and productivity issues that plague the construction industry, however, true gains in these areas can't be realized until stakeholders like insurance companies align with this vision. Shepherd is the bridge between construction tech and underwriting - a connection that is long overdue.

About the role

Skills: Node.js, React

Shepherd's mission - improve the safety and productivity of the construction industry by advancing the use of technology on job-sites.

๐Ÿ‘‹ About us

Shepherd is a YC and venture backed InsurTech startup for the commercial construction marketplace.

The construction industry is one of the largest and most important industries in the world. It creates the physical spaces where we live, work, study, and entertain. Inherently, construction projects are high risk endeavors. The complexity, scale, and inconsistent nature of most projects makes it difficult to predict outcomes. As a result, the role (and cost) of insurance in construction is outsized when compared to other industries.

In the last decade, over $5B+ of venture capital has been invested into advancing construction technology in order to make projects safer and more efficient. Adoption of these tools (both hardware and software) among contractors is growing exponentially each year. But the underwriting models which evaluate and price construction insurance have failed to evolve alongside.

Thatโ€™s why we are building Shepherd.

Weโ€™re starting small and focused: creating a digital, web-based experience for buying insurance. Over time, weโ€™ll begin to break the traditional underwriting mold by leveraging data and technology to better understand, predict, and price construction risk.

๐Ÿ‘ซ Our team

Our founders have extensive backgrounds in tech, construction, and insurance. Justin was co-founder and CEO of TradeTapp, a B2B SaaS platform for contractors that was acquired by BuildingConnected and then Autodesk. Mo led several internal engineering teams at Airbnb, including a no-code CMS that powered all of the company's marketing campaigns.

Together, we're bringing a fresh perspective to construction insurance. We're convinced that technology is the answer to many of the efficiency, safety, and productivity issues that plague the construction industry, however, true gains in these areas can't be realized until stakeholders like insurance companies align with this vision. Shepherd is the bridge between construction tech and underwriting - a connection that is long overdue.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Our tech stack

Frontend

  • React & Next.js
  • Typescript
  • GraphQL w/ Apollo
  • Cypress.js & Jest

Backend

  • Node.js
  • Postgres & Redis
  • Typescript
  • GraphQL APIs

๐Ÿ’ฐ Financing

We formed the company at the beginning of 2021, but are moving quickly:

  • YC Winter '21 batch participant
  • $1M pre-seed financing led by Susa Ventures
  • Angel participation from several InsurTech founders and construction industry execs

๐Ÿ‘€ About you

We're looking for a talented full-stack engineer who's passionate about what we're building to join as the founding engineer.

You would be our dream candidate if...

  • You aren't afraid of ambiguity, and it may even excite you
  • You enjoy shipping product every day (maybe multiple times a day)
  • You enjoy wearing multiple hats while solving problems; as an engineer, product manager, and designer
  • You care about the built-world and how to improve construction safety and productivity
  • You have some experience with insurance โ€“ either from a prior InsurTech role or actuarial role
  • You have experience working with Javascript (backend and/or frontend)
  • You have at least 1-2 years of working experience (preferably as a full-stack engineer)

๐Ÿ’ป About the role

Shepherd's platform will consist of three primary elements: data collection, automated underwriting, and policy administration.

  • You will own a large area of Shepherd's product experience, in each vertical
  • You will work across the stack, even across different disciplines (e.g. underwriting, design, product management)
  • You will play an integral role in building our culture as the company grows
  • You will collaborate closely with us (Justin - CEO and Mo - CTO) on shaping future roadmaps and making company decisions.

๐ŸŽ‰ Other

  • Flexible time off policy
  • Competitive health insurance package
  • A desk in our new SF / East Bay office
    • If remote: 100% of your WFH set-up will be compensated (within reason ๐Ÿ˜… )

๐Ÿ‘‰ Apply

Interested? Email Mo @ [email protected]. Please include links to your GitHub, LinkedIn, or any other relevant info.

Technology

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Our tech stack

Frontend

  • React & Next.js
  • Typescript
  • GraphQL w/ Apollo
  • Cypress.js & Jest

Backend

  • Node.js
  • Postgres & Redis
  • Typescript
  • GraphQL APIs

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Founding Software Engineer
fulltime
San Francisco / Remote
Full Stack
3+ years