Software Engineer - Community / Trust & Safety at Whatnot (W20)
Livestream shopping platform and marketplace.
San Francisco, LA, NYC / Remote
1+ years
About Whatnot

Whatnot is a livestream shopping platform and marketplace where you can buy, sell, go live and geek out with collectors and other like-minded people.

We're focused on product categories that people are passionate about like Sports Cards, Pokemon Cards, NFTs, Sneakers and more.

Whatnot is the fastest growing marketplace ever in the United States and has raised $225M from YC, A16Z, Capital G and others.

About the role
Skills: Android, iOS, Python

🚀 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 forward thinking problem solvers across all functional areas. We recruit thoughtfully, can adapt quickly, and are scaling fully remotely.

📈 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

The Community and Trust & Safety Pod is a brand new team at Whatnot is dedicated to building the most engaging and safe community Whatnot users love and trust. We are a full stack product engineering team looking for capable engineers of all kinds, whether you are a generalist or product/backend engineer. The most important qualities you'll need are making sound product decisions, navigating new domains seamlessly, taking extreme ownership, and shipping high-quality products fast.

We always prioritize the highest impact features and ship them quickly. Some sample projects you might work on on Community and T&S Pod include: realtime fraud/T&S system, P2P chat, order/seller reviews, in-app reporting experience, brand new social experiences/features and tooling that help us ensure a meaningful and safe community on Whatnot.

The software team has a lot of individual responsibility and many more freedoms, so we need to hire people we can trust. Your ability to make good trade-offs and exercise good judgment is essential to us.

👋 About You  

5+ years of software engineering experience. Knowledge of at least 3 languages (we primarily use Python, Elixir, JavaScript, Swift, Kotlin, and are open to others). Excellent product instincts. You first think about users rather than the best technical solution. Ship products and features lightning-fast without sacrificing quality Excellent problem solver and don’t need to be told exactly what to do. Comfortable working across the stack (backend and frontend). Ability to pick up on new technologies very quickly. Proven track record of delivering features.   ✨ Bonus ✨ AWS/DevOps, startup experience at high-growth companies, relevant Community and/or Trust & Safety domain experience (ie. Twitch Chat, Discord Trust & Safety)

🎁 Benefits

Competitive base salary and stock options Unlimited Vacation Policy and No Meeting Holidays Health Insurance options including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Short term disability & Long term Disability Whatnot covers 99% of employee premium costs, and 75% of dependent care premiums for Medical Dental and Vision sponsored 100% by Whatnot for employees and dependents Work From Home Support Laptop provided by Whatnot and home office setup allowance $150 work-from-anywhere monthly allowance for cell phone, internet, or co-working spaces $200 monthly to spend within Whatnot App Care benefits $450 monthly allowance on food Wellness monthly allowance Paid Parental Leave $20,000 for family planning, such as adoption or fertility expenses During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Whatnot provides a $20,000 annual allowance towards Nannies, Daycare, and Caregiving support


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.


Infrastructure: AWS, Kubernetes, Serverless

Databases: Postgres, DynamoDB, ElasticSearch, Redis

Backend: Python (Flask), Node, Elixir

Front-End React, GraphQL, Swift, Kotlin

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