Open Source Software Engineer at Roboflow (S20)
$135K - $165K  •  
🖼️ Give your software the sense of sight.
San Francisco, CA, US / New York, NY, US / Remote (US)
3+ years
About Roboflow

We're on a mission to remove barriers that prevent developers from building their own computer vision applications. Roboflow streamlines the process of labeling, training, and deploying a computer vision model.


Computer vision is going to transform every industry. We're already seeing this play out in fields like transportation (self driving cars), agriculture (drone spraying), and medicine (early stage cancer detection). But these superpowers shouldn't be locked up in the handful of giant technology companies that can afford to hire teams of machine learning PhDs.


Roboflow enables any developer to use computer vision without being a machine learning expert. Our product is the key missing infrastructure that allows developers turn raw images into a useful model -- replacing a sprawling list of one-off utils everyone previously had to reinvent and enabling our users to have working models in hours, not weeks.

For example, Sarah Hinkley from Barn Owl Drones uses vision to identify weeds from crops in drone images so her customers can use fewer herbicides and grow more. She's one of our over 50,000 users working on problems we couldn't even imagine when we got started!


Roboflow is a venture-backed SaaS startup that empowers innovators all over the world to build, train, and deploy computer vision models. Roboflow believes that computer vision is a foundation technology that will transform nearly every industry. We currently have over 250,000 users, including half of the Fortune 100. Roboflow has enabled our customers to accelerate cancer research, conduct experiments in space, accelerate the world’s transition to green energy, and improve the retail experience (to name a few!) with world-altering technology. Investors like Y Combinator, David Sack’s Craft Ventures, Lachy Groom, the founders of OpenAI (Sam Altman and Greg Brockman), and many others back Roboflow.

As with any rapidly scaling startup, we hope to build a team that is both versatile and adaptable. Each role has tremendous potential for growth. As such, we believe that coachability, enthusiasm, and an entrepreneurial mindset are more important than experience or qualifications.


Roboflow went from zero to over 20,000 users in 2020 (and now to over 50,000 in 2021) and our customers are requesting features and product enhancements faster than we can provide them.

We're starting to build out our engineering, marketing, and sales teams. As an integral part of our core team, all roles will inevitably involve wearing a lot of hats; we're specifically looking for people excited about learning new things and filling gaps where needed. And most importantly, we're looking for people who ship.

Learn more about us on our careers page (

About the role
Skills: CSS, HTML, JavaScript

Who We Are

Our mission is to make the world programmable. Sight is one of the key ways we understand the world, and soon this will be true for the software we use, too.

At Roboflow, we’re building the tools, community, and resources needed to make the world programmable with artificial intelligence. Roboflow simplifies building and using computer vision models. Today, over 250,000 developers, including those from half the Fortune 100, use Roboflow’s machine learning open source and hosted tools. That includes counting cells to accelerate cancer research, improving construction site safety, digitizing floor plans, preserving coral reef populations, guiding drone flight, and much more.

Our team is small relative to our impact, and we believe our user success is our success (not the inverse). A team member summarized: “Roboflow is a company full of giant brains and tiny egos.” We find software has a multiplier effect on all roles (not only product and engineering), so Roboflow employs developers across the company in design, sales, customer support, marketing, and beyond.

We’re supported by great customers and investors, having raised over 23 million from Y Combinator, Craft Ventures, Sam Altman, Lachy Groom, amongst other leading software investors.

What We're Looking For

Primarily, you like to make great things with passionate colleagues. You are someone that likes to own outcomes, not only inputs. You’re motivated by having responsibility and accountability. You’re eager to ‘do the work,’ big and small.

You’re curious and learning about new technologies, perhaps an early tinkerer with ChatGPT and AI products. You show more than you tell.

You’re motivated by the question, “How can I improve this?” and have a track record of doing so, even in ways adjacent to your role. Much of our current team is made up of former founders and thrive in the level of autonomy at Roboflow. Maybe you had a side hustle in high school or college.

Many Roboflowers have used our tools before joining. One of the best ways to stand out amongst other applicants is to write about something you have built with Roboflow or contribute to one of our open source projects.

What You'll Do

Building our open source projects. You’ll be starting from a base of 10k+ stars, 475k monthly PIP downloads, 200k+ datasets, and 50k pre-trained models and building towards a world where every developer uses computer vision.

As an early hire both from a company and open source organization perspective, you’ll have a significant impact on the product and the direction of Open Source at Roboflow. Your focus will be on adding value to the AI/ML/CV open source ecosystem, working with existing Roboflow projects (Autodistill, Supervision, Inference, Notebooks, Maestro), and creating new projects that do not yet exist. You’ll help shape project roadmaps based on your own experiences, write code, create documentation, talk to contributors, work with users, and keep a pulse on what’s missing in our ecosystem.

Example Projects

  • Develop open source tools and integrations to help make computer vision easier for software developers.
  • Add features, fix bugs, and optimize code in our open source projects.
  • Review contributors’ pull requests.
  • Write documentation to make our software more accessible and understandable.
  • Experiment with new and emerging technologies, languages, models, frameworks, to find new ways to help developers succeed with computer vision.
  • Create demos and technical content all the way through production and publishing.
  • Work with Product and Engineering in support of ensuring open source projects can be used within the core Roboflow product.
  • Ship enhancements and new features directly into the core platform based on your experience.
  • Build projects that will help improve the “bleeding edge” of the main Roboflow product.
  • Be an active participant in communities like HN, relevant subreddits, Discord groups, GitHub Issues, Stack Overflow, etc.

Who You Are

You believe in the power of open source as a strategy to build a category defining company. You have open source projects of your own, contribute to projects on a regular basis, and have a passion for making computer vision more accessible with open source software. We anticipate the role being focused 50% on core contribution, 30% on communication/promotion, and 20% on other areas. 

  • Must Have Technical Knowledge: Git, Python, PyTorch, Docker, OpenCV, NumPy
  • Nice to Have Technical Knowledge: JavaScript, OpenVINO, TensorRT, TFjs, TensorFlow, ONNX, CUDA, GitHub Actions, Linux
  • Experience building open source projects. You thrive at identifying key features and bringing them to fruition. You work well in public & alongside internal and external contributors.
  • An excellent track record of shipping software projects with fast adoption and virality, either as part of a previous job or on your own.
  • An enthusiastic, strong, technical generalist.
  • A background in computer science or a related field.
  • Writing clean code in Python and JavaScript.
  • A profound interest to learn and understand computer vision, machine learning, and developer tooling.
  • Skilled communicator and collaborator that wants to eventually lead projects across both Marketing and Product teams.
  • Having built with Roboflow is a huge plus! (We’ve hired a couple Roboflow users now with great results).

📅 Within one month, you will…

  • Spend the first week onboarding in person with your manager (you'll come to our NY or SF Hub!)
  • Start building a trusting relationship with your peers, and learning the company structure.
  • Ship a substantial new feature to an end user or to our team within your first week
  • Submit many PRs across several of our open source repos.
  • Build your first Roboflow computer vision product (if you haven't already).
  • Understand the overall company vision, mission, strategy, product, roadmap, and open source’s critical contribution to the success of the company.

📅 Within three months, you will…

  • Be fully confident in contributing to and maintaining at least two of our open source projects.
  • Continue to ramp up your shipping velocity and impact.
  • Review PRs, contributing to projects, and helping community members.
  • Delivering new ideas and features to help increase the growth rate of open source projects.

📅 Within six months, you will…

  • Attend your first all company onsite
  • Be fully confident in contributing to and helping maintain all of our open source projects.
  • Have a consistent cadence of open source strategy/planning, roadmapping, delivering new releases, and expanding functionality of projects.
  • Be ramped up on all relevant parts of the Roboflow product.

Who You'll Be Working With

Our team of ~50 attracts talent like executives that wanted to return to building, founders with a 100M+ exit, Roboflow users turned team members, open source contributors, a cyclist who biked across the United States, prolific high school hackers, a CTO from 100+ engineering organization, amongst many exceptional others.

You will directly be working with our Marketing Lead, our team of Marketing Engineers, and Core Product Engineers.

Where You'll Work

Roboflow is distributed across the US and Europe. We currently have Hubs in New York City and San Francisco (and plan to open more as we grow density in new cities). We provide opportunities (like team onsites in different cities) and resources (like a $4000/yr travel stipend) to work in person with other team members as much as you'd like, while also supporting remote team members. You can work from one of our Hubs (we offer a relocation bonus), work from home, work at co-working spaces, etc. We want you to work where you work best!

When You'll Work

Roboflow primarily operates during the daytime hours in the US and there are some synchronous meetings you’ll be expected to attend each week. Apart from that, we have a flexible schedule that allows you to work collaboratively with other team members and asynchronously when needed.

What You'll Receive

To determine your salary, we use a number of market and data-driven salary sources. We review all salaries every 6 months to ensure we stay in line with the market.

💰 The target compensation for this role is $165,000 base salary.

📈 In addition to our cash compensation, we offer generous perks and benefits. Below are some of the highlights:

  • A $4000 Travel Stipend to travel anywhere anytime to work with alongside other Roboflowers.
  • A $350 Productivity stipend to spend on things that make your work environment more productive, like high - speed internet at home or a co-working space.
  • Coverage of up to 100% of your health insurance costs for you and your partner or family.
  • Equity in the company so we are all invested in the future of computer vision and Roboflow.

Not sure if this is you?

We want a diverse, global team with a broad range of experience and perspectives. If this job sounds great, but you’re not sure if you qualify, look into our Former Founders role or subscribe to our career newsletter by emailing "Subscribe" to operations[at] We carefully consider every application and will either move forward with you, find another team that might be a better fit, keep in touch for future opportunities, or thank you for your time.

Learn More About Us

We are building a diverse Satellite team that is distributed across the globe. Roboflow is an equal opportunity workplace; we welcome people from all backgrounds, communities, and experiences.

We provide competitive compensation and stellar benefits to accelerate your personal and work life. Learn more about what it is like to work at Roboflow by reading these blog posts.

See our careers page for all open listings.


Our goal is to build the world's best computer vision infrastructure so our users don't have to. This means we handle a lot of challenging complexities like seamlessly ingesting dozens of data formats, processing millions of images per day, and deploying auto-scaling machine learning infrastructure that can handle our customers' most demanding training and deployment needs.

Our core app sits atop Firebase with assistance from auto-scaling groups of Docker containers (for jobs like archiving datasets and training models). We also heavily lean on serverless infrastructure so we can gracefully deal with bursty traffic involved in manipulating datasets that can range anywhere from one hundred to one million images.

We also maintain a library of Colab notebooks our customers can use to train common computer vision models, a directory of public datasets, and a web of format specifications. We see building and supporting mini-projects like these that are helpful to the community at large as part of our role in democratizing computer vision.

Interview Process

Interview Process (~6 hours)

Below is the interview process you can expect for this role. We are all motivated to work with an exceptional team and don't currently have recruiters at Roboflow. You will be speaking directly with our team about what it's like to work and thrive at here. We like to work fast at Roboflow, so don't be surprised if all the below conversations happen over a day or two.

Introduction Phase:

[45m] Meet with hiring manager, Trevor Lynn, Marketing Lead, for an introduction to assess overall mind and skill set.

  • This first interview is a time for us to understand what you’re interested in doing in your next role and ensure it's a good fit for both parties to continue moving forward in the process

[45m] Technical Assessment, if applicable.

Team Interview Phase:

[60m] Meet with our Computer Vision Engineer, Piotr Skalski

[60m] Meet with our Technical Marketer, James Gallagher

[60m] Meet with our CTO, Brad Dwyer

  • Use this time to review specifics about the job description
  • Begin working through your 30/60/90 projects
  • Ask questions!

Final Interview Stage:

  • [30m] Meet with Kate Wagner, Head of Operations for a culture discussion
  • [60m] Meet with Joseph Nelson, CEO and Co-Founder

We check references and conduct a background check

Note: you are welcome to request additional conversations with anyone you would like to meet and we will accommodate as best we can.

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