Software Engineering Intern (Back-end Focus)

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Software Engineering - Back-end Focus

Remote-first, flexible full time

Compensation (lakhs per year + equity) based on experience:

Junior/Intern: โ‚น3.6-6.3 + 0.01%-0.03%

Equity: All equity granted via stock options. Most recent equity valuation was โ‚น14.7 crores.

Ideal start date: ASAP - role will be closed once a suitable candidate is found


Hey, Hi, Hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹ Iโ€™m Connor Wilson, Founder and CEO of Pilot. Weโ€™re a travel tech startup with the mission of helping people like you discover and share memorable experiences in the real world, so you and others can live a happier, more fulfilling life. Though Iโ€™m based in Canada, our team is international, with our engineers mostly in India.

Why You Should Work at Pilot:

Remember that project back in school or from earlier in your life? The one you really enjoyed and felt passionate about? It didn't feel like work, did it? It was fun. Well, your job shouldnโ€™t feel like work either. Especially considering we spend most of our lives at our jobs. So, if you think youโ€™d like working at a company whose very purpose is to give you and others the absolute best life possible, in the most fun way possible, working on cool things with cool people, to help people have an awesome time and make memoriesโ€ฆ well then, Pilot might just be the place for you.

What We Offer:

๐ŸŒด Near Total Autonomy and Freedom: Work when & where you want, with a 4-day work week if you finish your work in time.

โœˆ๏ธ Itโ€™s Travel, So Itโ€™s Super Fun and Exciting: Youโ€™ll get the excitement of being a part of building something new for the world, with consistent work at a sufficiently funded and recognized company but with little risk in the near term.

๐Ÿ“– Your Head Will Feel Like This: ๐Ÿคฏ (In a Good Way): Youโ€™ll learn more about business, startups, and entrepreneurship than you ever will from a bigger or more traditional company. Youโ€™ll work with incredibly talented people (who value humility) across departments and lead challenging projects in an environment where itโ€™s okay to fail with lots of mentorship.

๐Ÿ† Youโ€™ll Look Great, and Feel Greater: Not only will it look great on your resume, but youโ€™ll work at a well respected startup brand, getting the respect and networking value that comes with that. Youโ€™ll be encouraged to speak up, have an opinion, and will be recognized for your contributions in a flat hierarchy where everyone is treated fairly.

๐ŸŽŠ Work with People Who All Want to Be Your Friend: Youโ€™ll make a positive impact with your work on the world, be genuinely cared for and make new work-friends (we actually hang out). And, youโ€™ll get lots of support in a company that actually cares about mental health.

About Pilot:

We incorporated on Sixto de Mayo 2020. Weโ€™ve come a long way since then. Weโ€™re building Pilot to be a Collaborative Travel Hub, powered by AI, to help groups (of 2 or more) discover, plan, book, and share experiences with the people they care about. A shareable platform like Notion or Google Docs with social functionality, not a social network.

And it seems to be working. After launching our beta web app in 2022, after only ~22 or so month, in 2023 we reached:

  • ๐Ÿ”ฅ 24,000 registered users with 20,000 trips planned (~66x the number of trips a typical SMB travel agency plans per year, with no travel agents)
  • ๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธ Our content seen in search engines +100mil times
  • โค๏ธ 73% percent of users, if asked if they could no longer use Pilot, saying they would be โ€œvery disappointedโ€, where 40% is typically considered the benchmark leading indicator for product-market-fit.ย 

All this without any ads; itโ€™s completely organic growth.ย 

Because of that, others noticed too:ย 

  • ๐Ÿ’ธ We raised about $1.2mil CAD from investors and plan to raise more
  • ๐Ÿ“ฐ We were featured by the press in TechCrunch, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, Vancouver Tech Journal, and othersย 
  • ๐Ÿ™Œ And we were supported by Canadaโ€™s most prestigious startup organizations (and some beyond), such as:
  • Next Canada, mentored by hundred-millionaire-net-worth entrepreneurs, and world leaders in AI research
  • Creative Destruction Lab, basically โ€œSurvivor meets Shark Tank"
  • New Ventures BC, who listed us a top 10 startup
  • TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield, which โ€œshowcases the top 200 startups from around the globeโ€ in San Francisco
  • And the C100 (a fellowship of the top Canadian founders, connecting them with top investors in San Francisco)

Role Expectations:

Itโ€™s very simple. We want someone to help us build out our web and mobile applications and system architecture/infrastructure. The areas we most need in the immediate future are building out our iOS and Android apps (we use React Native), but thereโ€™s lots of work on our web app as well. We plan to migrate our database from Firebase to something more scalable like MongoDB (not necessarily that), so thereโ€™s also a lot of back-end infrastructure and system architecture stuff that will be needed as well!

Candidate Traits:

  • A great communicator, with strong spoken and written communication ability, and isnโ€™t afraid to speak up to get clarity.
  • Able to think, work, and learn independently, but is still a team player who works well with others.
  • Very curious, who loves learning, and does it in their spare time.
  • Loves travel and is an experienced traveler.

Skills and Experience:

  • Expert-level knowledge of JavaScript โ€“ prototypical inheritance, scope, and closures.
  • Knowledge of the latest ES6 features, open standards, and web technologies and how they can be used effectively.
  • Experience building, maintaining, and supporting JavaScript libraries across a diverse engineering base.
  • Ability to decompose complex problems into manageable units of work.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • BS or MS degree in Computer Science or equivalent.
  • React Native experience OR experience with a comparable JS framework (Flutter, Vue.js, etc).
  • TypeScript experience.
  • RESTful and/or GraphQL APIs experience.
  • Experience with frontend and mobile development and deployment.
  • Building and launching solutions at scale.
  • Previous experience launching web or mobile applications.
  • Node.js experience.
  • Experience in system architecture and cloud platforms.

Further Benefits:

  • ๐ŸŒฑ Any ownership stake you earn could one day be worth millions of dollars.
  • โญ Youโ€™ll become a far more employable person (with great references), able to earn a higher salary at a better job if not at Pilot (we prioritize your professional development), by signaling yourself as a higher potential individual than your peers, accelerating your career path.
  • ๐Ÿ  You wonโ€™t have to worry about finding a decent paying or flexible job any more, especially in this economy, which is hard enough as is having recently had industry-wide layoffs. Youโ€™ll have more money and autonomy to get the most of this time in your life (i.e., have fun).
  • ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™€๏ธ Youโ€™ll gain an understanding of what โ€œgoodโ€ and โ€œbadโ€ looks like for different things and what they entail in a startup and companies in general, helping you to better life and career choices sooner while avoiding ones you may otherwise regret later, and helping you to start your own startup or profit from them later.
  • ๐Ÿฅณ Youโ€™ll make friends and professional connections that will be valuable all your life if you nurture them.
  • ๐Ÿ’ช Youโ€™ll gain the envy and respect of your peers for having a highly desirable and โ€œcoolโ€ job at a very trendy high-growth travel tech startup leveraging AI that targets those very same people in its marketing (meaning theyโ€™ll recognize it).
  • ๐Ÿ”– Youโ€™ll make great memories, getting the โ€œclassicโ€ startup experience, fun socials, and opportunities to bond with and represent the team at occasional events or team trips.
  • ๐Ÿง  Youโ€™ll learn how to think, an abstract concept that seems vague but is so incredibly important. Weโ€™ll teach you how to analyze problems and create solutions using first principles, logic, mental models, frameworks, and cognitive biases. Youโ€™ll become a consummate professional, which will help you improve other aspects of your life, from relationships to your socioeconomic status. Weโ€™ll help you grow as a person into the best version of yourself that others will admire.

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