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Founding Growth / Tech Founder ➡️ GTM

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Hamza Zia
Hamza Zia

About the role

You're the no. 1 priority hire🏅! The product sells itself (75%+ conversion upon trial, 2 days in a row on HN frontpage, ProductHunt Product of the day), clients spend in the 6 figures yearly and we have millions in the bank to fix the bottleneck: getting demos! This means you’ll get

  • Unlimited budget to accelerate yourself with tools and contractors
  • Headcount to scale successful experiments (1-2 people ASAP for each new channel)
  • Unlimited support from all teams and mentorship from veterans from successes like Figma

◯˚GitStart is a technical product so you must have written code professionally (at least 2 internships, ideally a couple years as a dev) and/or marketed devtools before. Also, remote is welcome!

Here’s a bit about GitStart before diving into the role:

Change Lives

Our mission is to give everyone a chance to change their life with code, no matter where they’re from. We let promising engineers get real-world experience by working on our client apps, which allows our clients to turn more of their ideas into reality. And it’s working:

  • Our alumni got into Amazon, Facebook, and Google, and star developers include Afghan women who lost their right to learn and work with the Taliban.
  • Our clients have built entire apps and tackled daunting tech debt with help from GitStart alone.

More the story here.

Backed by the world’s best

We are supported by the best investors in our field, Neo, YC, Bonfire VC, and the world’s best engineering leaders:

  • Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott
  • Google VP Parisa Tabriz
  • CEO Hadi Partovi
  • Instagram VP Maria Zhang
  • Director of Google Bard Jack Krawczyk
  • Circle CTO Li Fan
  • Airbnb founder Nate Blecharczyk
  • Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi
  • Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo
  • Andela founder Iyinola Aboyeji
  • Gigster founder Debo Olaosebikan
  • Replit CEO Amjad Masad
  • Former Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer
  • And more

Join an amazing team

Team includes:

🔥 >50% former founders, many of mission driven organizations like mPharma (Africa’s best health tech startup, 1k people $100m raised) and CodePhenix (Europe’s largest coding bootcamp for inmates)

🧑‍🔬  Patents holders

🧠 A national math olympiad winner and former Typescript team member

🌍  ~16 nationalities for ~20 people

🤫 And more: a published poet, a sailing world champion, a cricket team coach, two musicians drawing hundreds for concerts, etc.

Also, the number one thing newcomers notice is that people are truly kind 😇. More on this when we meet!

For this role specifically, you’ll mostly be working with:

  • Corentin, Revenue - turned around a business as Chief Growth Officer, led special projects as 9th hire at (acquired), background in high level sports (more here)
  • Damien, Sales - 4y in sales as US General Manager, Head of Sales, and GTM advisor - went from scratch to closing logos like IBM and J&J, 4y in strategy consulting
  • Andreea, Product - 5y experience in leading product from seed to unicorn, 2y as a software engineer and 7y as a marketer at one of the world’s top marketing agencies! (more here)
  • Hamza, Client Engineering - early Typescript team member at Microsoft, 4y as staff engineer @ YC backed startups, Pakistan Maths Olympiad winner

Your mission

Your mission is remove the bottleneck on growth, aka to get so many people to try the product or book demos that together as a team, we can grow tens of thousands of aspiring engineers across the globe, gather millions of diffs to train AI models, and build a meaningful success story. Concretely, you will:

  • Craft experiments that convert across multiple channels (we started finding traction with emailing, tech newsletters, and want to test new channels) - define targeting, write copy when applicable, and scale the winners
  • Analyze data to understand what’s working and what’s not - from writing SQL (we log absolutely everything imaginable) to reading through customer interactions
  • Build a team to accelerate and complement yourself

On top of the classic stuff, we’d love to have fun launching creative experiments inspired by delivering champagne, AirPods Max, and industrializing writing letters!

Helpful skills/experiences

We love people who can ship an experiment end to end, learn from it, and scope next experiments, which requires:

  • Years of experience across multiple channels (ads, emailing, sponsorships, etc). 2y minimum (including years as a GTM focused founder)
  • Great engineering culture
    • Good enough grasp of the devtool ecosystem to be able to generate & execute non standard experiments ideas. For example, can turn “we want to try contributing to open-source” into “We can find lots of OSS repos on the Linux foundation website, and select some based on things like whether they have labels for new contributors and no stale PR. Also most projects have a Discord, we could get in touch with the team there”
    • Good enough grasp of software engineering to be able to ask smart questions when interviewing the CTO of a 150 people eng team for a case study
  • Good copywriting skills (note we’re planning on hiring a technical content writer)
  • Good design taste
  • Ability to do things end to end: able to quickly repurpose Figma designs and get contractors to clean them up, to set up simple things like a landing page or more complex ones like programmatic SEO (with some help), etc
  • Remote ready - we're getting a hacker-house in SF, but outside of this we've have been fully distributed. It’s great if you want to be with your family! Note that one of the founders always flies to new-joiners to make onboarding easier.

Finally, you’re excited to create your team in a small startup, meaning you’ll have a disproportionately high impact on the company and its mission of accelerating engineers worldwide.

What we offer

Non-standard stuff

⚖️  10 years options exercise windows — most startups employees never exercise their hard-earned equity options because the standard clause forces them to buy it within 3 months of departure. We care so much about equity that on top of giving offers way above market, we switched to a new legal documents software solely because the old one didn’t support changing the default “3 months” to “10 years”.

🛂  We’ll sponsor your visa — to wherever you want. We already support a long list of countries. If your dream country isn’t on the list, we’ll go the extra mile to make it happen.

👋  “We got your back” budget — If you need daycare for your kids, new headphones, or a taxi ride, we got your back. Even if it doesn’t fall into a predefined “perk and benefit” category.

🌱  Growing you plan — we’ll help you build your growth plan and support you with all our resources. We’ll intro you to people from Neo, YC, and our own networks, support you with budget to hire coaches and join communities, etc.

🌎  We are a fully remote company — We hire the best people in the world without restriction. Work wherever and in whichever timezone you want, and travel around the world to meet the team during quarterly onsites (pictures here).

Standard stuff

📈  Equity for everyone

🌏  Quarterly onsites (last ones: Greece, Turkey, Thailand)

🏝 Unlimited Paid Time Off

💰  Contributions to a retirement savings plan

🐣  Parental leave

🍽. Meals with fellow GitStarters

🧑🏻‍💻  Remote work budget

📞 Something missing? Tell us

Also, we're flexible about the title. Founding Growth Engineer, Founding Growth Marketer, Founding Growth Lead, Growth Founder, etc. Whichever you prefer!

Finally, we offer competitive compensation and meaningful equity along with a chance to make a significant contribution to changing the lives of millions of engineers across the world.

Hackweek based recruiting

We are weird about hiring. We’re skeptical of resumes and we don’t trust interviews (we’re happy to talk though!). Since nothing beats working together, we love inviting people for a hackweek (or hackweekend) - come hack on a problem with us and see if you like it!

It’s compensated, of course. And fast: we typically extend offers within 3 working days, starting from the end of the hackweek.

Not sure whether this is for you? Read this candidate's feedback!

See, I've been in the industry for quite a long time. And I had lots of interviews and interviewers throughout my career. Some were good, while some sucked big time; as usual. HOWEVER, and I'm not even exaggerating when I say this - interview experience with GitStart was not even ONE OF the best, but absolutely THE BEST I ever had in my 15 years career. Every person that I spoke to in the process was EXTREMELY charismatic, really eager to learn about myself and, what's more, it was absolutely obvious that they LOVED GitStart. I have NEVER EVER EVER seen anything even remotely like this. So how was the process? Amazing! I actually enjoyed it and was looking forward to more of it :D


Job description changelog (So you're not surprised the JD changed in between the time you reached out and our call)

2024-02-09, Friday - added "you must have written code professionally and/or marketed devtools before" to ease self-selection

2024-02-08, Thursday - heavily edited the "helpful skills/experiences" to make self-selection easier, and modified the title to attract former founders on top of growth marketing profiles

About GitStart

GitStart automatically manages AI models and developers to turn tickets into pull requests.

After years in R&D, we launched and are growing fast.

Join us if you want to work on difficult problems and change lives in 20+ countries.

Team Size:19
Location:San Francisco
Hamza Zia
Hamza Zia