Software Engineering Intern - Summer 2022 at Whatnot (W20)
Livestream shopping platform and marketplace.
Remote
Internship
About Whatnot

Whatnot is a community marketplace where you can safely buy, sell, go live and build a community with other like-minded people.

We got our start offering a buying and selling experience to collectors of Funko Pops and Pokemon cards. We became the leading marketplace for those communities and have found success launching into categories like sports cards, NFTs, and vintage fashion.

In July of 2022, we raised $260 million in a Series D funding round bringing our valuation to $3.7 billion, a 2.5x increase since our $1.5 billion valuation in September of 2021.

Our mission is to enable anyone to turn their passion into a business and bring people together through commerce. We enable anyone to connect, transact and build a business in one place -- Whatnot is bringing the in-person retail experience online.

About the role

🚀 Whatnot

Whatnot (YC W20) is a livestream shopping platform and marketplace backed by Andreessen Horowitz and Y Combinator. We’re one of YC’s top companies and one of the fastest growing marketplaces ever. We’re laser focused on creating an exceptional software company, team, and place to work.

Our mission: enable anyone to turn their passion into a business and bring people together through commerce. We’re building the future of ecommerce; an interactive community where creators can make a living off their passion. 

Did we mention we’re high growth? In January 2021, Whatnot had 10 ambitious employees. Today, the Whatnot team is 120+ employees and will exceed 300 by year end. We’re hiring our first interns to be forward thinking problem solvers across all functional areas. 

📈 Opportunity Size

The ecommerce experience has been static for 20+ years and is perhaps the largest opportunity in the startup space today. Livestream shopping is a $170B GMV market in China and has grown 100% YoY. Retail is a $5T market opportunity!

💻 The role

You will have the opportunity to shape the future of live shopping alongside our senior software engineers. Paired with a manager and a mentor, you will lead mission critical projects that support our exponential growth and influence the long term evolution of Whatnot’s technology.

Our interns work in cross-functional multidisciplinary teams enabling you to directly impact the direction of our platform. Your design, code, and ideas will contribute to solving some of the most complex technical challenges we face today and define future engineering initiatives. 

Some sample projects you might work on are: 

  • Building new features for users in our live-streams
  • Implementing growth tactics and strategies to scale our buyer and seller flows
  • Implementing and experimenting with various ML models for ranking content that leads buyers to connecting with the right sellers
  • Building systems at scale that help us deliver a high trust marketplace experience

By the end of your 12-16-week internship, you will have contributed to one of the fastest growing marketplaces ever while gaining core industry skills of project ideation, management and collaboration. 

👋 About You   

  • Problem solver and out-of-the-box thinker
  • Willing to take risks and build product and systems for 1M+ users 

🎁 Benefits

  • Competitive base salary 
  • Unlimited Vacation Policy and No Meeting Holidays
  • Work From Home Support

💛 EOE

Whatnot is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, parental status, disability status, or any other status protected by local law. We believe that our work is better and our company culture is improved when we encourage, support, and respect the different skills and experiences represented within our workforce.

Technology

Infrastructure: AWS, Kubernetes, Serverless

Databases: Postgres, DynamoDB, ElasticSearch, Redis

Backend: Python (Flask), Node, Elixir

Front-End React, GraphQL, Swift, Kotlin

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