Founding Engineer (Web, Full Stack) at Alchemy Commerce (S21)
$125k - $250k  •  
Visual development for React, starting with e-commerce 🔮
San Francisco, CA
Full-time
Any (new grads ok)
About Alchemy Commerce

Today there’s millions of e-commerce businesses built on platforms like Shopify but developing websites for them is still a terrible experience. Engineers have to be involved in every change and can’t even use basic frameworks like React.

Our product is a drag-and-drop editor for visually building React applications, starting with e-commerce. It’s backed by our super-flexible content management system and commerce APIs which integrates with 3rd-party platforms, including product, subscription, and user-defined data.

Our founders have worked together for 10+ years and previously held principal engineer + management roles at companies like Uber, Plangrid, Autodesk, and Yelp. Alchemy is backed by Y Combinator and folks in the e-commerce and open-source community, including the creator of NextJS.

Our mission is to bridge the code gap, making it easier for developers and their teams to collaborate and iterate on the web. If you're interested, we should definitely chat (:

About the role

Skills: JavaScript, Python, CSS, Django, HTML, React

Alchemy Commerce is a visual editor for React, starting with e-commerce.

Today there’s millions of e-commerce businesses built on platforms like Shopify but developing websites for them is still a terrible experience. Engineers have to be involved in every change and can’t even use basic frameworks like React.

Our product is a drag-and-drop editor for visually building React applications, starting with e-commerce. It’s backed by our super-flexible content management system and commerce APIs which integrates with 3rd-party platforms, including product, subscription, and user-defined data.

Our mission is to bridge the code gap, making it easier for developers and their teams to collaborate and iterate on the web. If you're interested in building the compiler for the web, we should definitely chat (:

Your responsibilities


  • Being a critical part of technical and product roadmap for our no-code storefront development platform
  • Building products across our stack (using React, Typescript, Python/Django, and more) that enable our customers to build differentiated shopping experiences online
  • Writing backend code to integrate with a wide variety of e-commerce APIs
  • Collaborating directly with our founders and customers to ship stable, maintainable code while iterating as fast as possible
  • Architecting and scoping high-level systems to ensure we can provide our customers with the control they need for their sites
  • Hopefully having a blast working with us 😇

Looking for someone who..


  • Has a very product and customer focused mindset
  • Is experienced in Javascript/Typescript, React, HTML, CSS, Python
  • Understands the value of writing clean, maintainable software, including documentation
  • Is comfortable with ambiguity and defining software architecture patterns to solve customer pain points
  • Is able to evaluate tradeoffs and prioritize dev speed and customer needs over “perfect” solutions
  • Is self-driven and can roll with the punches in a fast-paced environment where priorities and requirements may change frequently

Bonus points if you have...


  • Not wasted hours interview-prepping on Leetcode 😭
  • Experience scaling Django applications
  • Experience with React server-side rendering or NextJS (they're an investor!)
  • Worked at or founded an early-stage startup previously
  • An eye for visual design (or past experience in product design, Figma, etc)

(Remote OK in United States, preference for somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area or New York)

Technology

  • React (+ HTML/CSS), Redux, and Typescript used extensively for visual editing
  • Python, Django, Heroku for backend orchestration and integrations with various APIs
  • Since our code runs on every e-commerce store that we work with, runtime/load performance and server-side rendering are absolutely critical. Deployment uses cutting-edge web technologies like NextJS

At Alchemy, you won’t just be writing the next internal tool at a big-tech company. We’re building a highly distributed, scalable system to power the next-generation of online commerce. If this sounds interesting to you, we’d love to chat!

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