Netflix for comics.

Founding Engineer

$120K - $150K / 0.50% - 1.00%
San Francisco, CA, US
Job Type
Any (new grads ok)
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Fengjiao Peng
Fengjiao Peng

About the role

This is a hybrid in-person role in SF! You must be able to work in person in SF.

About Us

Shortbread is Netflix for comics, powered by an AI Comics Studio.

Traditionally, comics are drawn by hand by multiple artists. Shortbread Studio speeds up the process 20x, allowing anyone to bring a story idea to a high quality comic series in minutes.

On the Shortbread App, creators publish and sell their comic series. We specialize in guilty-pleasure romance stories serving a mature audience. Indulge in visually stunning 50 Shades of Grey comics at your fingertips.

We are a team of webtoon artists, MIT and Berkeley engineers, backed by Y Combinator. We love visual stories and think everyone should have the power to create their own Batman, Slam Dunk, and Sailor Moon. We are looking for an exceptional founding engineer to build the future of comics with us.

Why Join Us?

  • We are transforming the $8B webcomic industry. Our technology enables anyone with a great story to create webcomics professionally, at unprecedented speeds.
  • Our work involves imagining how we can apply cutting-edge Generative AI research and technology to build an incredible interface. This is an open ended, deeply creative and technical problem space that combines art, AI, and engineering.
  • We are a small team of less than 10 people. You will join as one of the first engineers with immediate ownership, impact, and work directly with the founders.
  • Competitive Salary, Equity and Healthcare benefits


  • 2+ years of experience with full stack development
  • Test, monitor and optimize solutions and performance on a variety of browsers
  • On the front end we use React, Typescript, and TailwindCSS
  • On the backend: NodeJS, ExpressJS, Flask
  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS, JavaScript in addition to the modern frameworks listed above
  • Experience designing, building, and maintaining efficient, reusable, and reliable frontend and backend code.
  • Experience working with NoSQL databases (Firestore) as well as developing APIs and web services
  • Experience with cloud computing services (GCP, AWS), containers (Docker), and building distributed systems at scale
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Nice to Haves:

  • Passionate about webtoons, comics, art, story telling, or other visual artforms
  • Experience with graphic / visual design
  • Experience with Stable Diffusion A1111 and Generative AI technologies
  • Experience with mobile development in Flutter

About the interview

  1. Screening call
  2. Background Deep Dive
  3. Technical interview (React and TypeScript live challenge followed by a system design interview)
  4. 1 week paid work trial

About Shortbread

Team Size:3
Location:San Francisco
Fengjiao Peng
Fengjiao Peng