Livestream shopping platform and marketplace.

Software Engineer, Special Projects (Full Stack)

Remote - North America
Job Type
Any (new grads ok)
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About the role

🚀 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 220+ 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

Want to work in an environment which is a startup within a startup? And have direct and substantial immediate impact on the top company goals? If you're a self-starter who enjoys building large scale distributed and orchestration systems, and are intrigued by ambiguous problems, this is the perfect role for you!

We’re building the next generation of products and services that will shape Whatnot's approach to marketplace expansion. You will drive innovations starting out by leading our international expansion efforts to make Whatnot a global brand by localizing the marketplace experience for everyone. From there, you will own other big bets and special projects within the company to drive material GMV growth and establish new frontiers for the business. You will own scoping and optimizing our products and services with significant complexity across the board. On the technical side, you're comfortable developing a deep understanding of the entire stack and determine where changes are needed to expand our footprint. You can deliver under ambiguity and work with cross functional partners across product, design, engineering, operations, etc.

The software team has a lot of individual responsibility and many more freedoms, so we need to hire great 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 multiple programming languages (we primarily use Python, Elixir, JavaScript - knowledge of these in particular not required).
  • Knowledge of multiple stacks (Backend, Android, iOS, Web) preferred.
  • Excellent product instincts. You first think about users rather than the best technical solution.
  • You can mentor others, and prioritize building inclusive, supportive teams.
  • Project owner - you’ve strong ownership instincts and can own projects from inception to production, and beyond.
  • You are known for shipping products and features lightning-fast.
  • You’re an excellent problem solver and don’t need to be told exactly what to do.
  • Ability to pick up on new technologies very quickly.
  • Proven track record of delivering features.
  • Startup experience at a high-growth company. (nice to have)

🎁 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.

Why you should join 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.

Team Size:193
Location:Los Angeles, CA
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