We write machine learning software to more accurately price insurance.

Software Engineer (Cloud Infrastructure Focus) - Employee #4 at Soteris

San Francisco
Job Type
3+ years
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Sunit Shah
Sunit Shah

About the role

Soteris is a YC-backed company with a four-person team, a multi-year runway, and almost $1mm of contract revenue, serving a massive industry.

We write machine learning software to more accurately select and price insurance. We're now building out a first-of-its-kind data platform to facilitate the flow of data within commercial insurance - as the fifth team member, you will be an integral part of building this platform, working alongside a passionate team with diverse backgrounds working hard to modernize an antiquated industry.


I founded Soteris because the way insurance rates are set results in massive inefficiencies that increase prices for policyholders like you and me. From years of experience, I know for a fact that a machine learning approach is orders of magnitude better than what the largest insurers do - and our customer list is proof of that claim.

Before Soteris, I built a $750 million property and casualty (everything that’s not life or health) insurance company from scratch, out of a $16 billion hedge fund called Pine River Capital. This gave me deep visibility into how insurance works, through which I saw firsthand how much of the insurance value chain is littered with processes that might have made sense in 1920 – but are way past their prime in 2020. These inefficiencies lead to increased prices for policyholders, and they can all be solved by better use of existing data.

I started Soteris to do just that. In a short time, Soteris demonstrated that we could solve these problems to the tune of increasing our first customer’s policy profitability almost 60%.

In the end, our goal is to own the entire data value chain within property and casualty insurance. We've raised a large round from a number of top investors, including Y Combinator, Amplify Partners, Khosla Ventures, and Data Collective. Combine that with a lot of early revenue and a low burn rate, and we have a long, ample runway to execute our mission.


You will be responsible for the cloud infrastructure our entire engineering team runs on top of, from our AWS infrastructure, to the organization and health of our code repository, through CI/CD pipelines and build artifact management, etc.

Specifically, you would:

  • Work closely with the rest of the engineering team to understand infrastructure needs.
  • Help architect our engineering systems for availability, scalability, and operability.
  • Bring in industry best practices on cloud infrastructure management.
  • Build CI/CD pipelines to streamline our dev / test / deploy cycle.
  • Help establish the engineering best practices and collaborative engineering culture that will allow the whole team to thrive.

Additionally, as part of a small, agile team, you’ll have the opportunity to work on multiple projects across the company to make an outsized impact on our product as a whole.


  • Experience creating and managing infrastructure on AWS.
  • Experience building and operating production services with high availability, scalability, and correctness.
  • Familiarity with DevOps flow and tools.
  • 3+ years of professional software development experience.
  • 1+ years of experience with cloud infrastructure and Linux-based systems in a production environment.
  • A strong desire to learn new things, with a high learning rate.
  • An approach to teamwork similar to ours (reach out to find out more here).
  • A deep interest in what we're working on.

Why you should join Soteris

Soteris writes machine learning software to more accurately price insurance. We’re currently a team of four and we’re looking to add employees #4 and #5 to scale up the team. We’re YC-backed with over $500k of revenue and we’ve raised over $4m from some fantastic investors.