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5 Feb 2015

Wanted: A Confidently Humble Server Side Developer

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by Jesse Mecham

*Update: We found the perfect server side developer and have filled this position! But you can see our most recent openings on our Jobs page.

We’re hard at work building a web app. It’s cutting edge. Our API, written in Rails/Postgres, takes care of the hard stuff, like synchronizing data between offline-able clients. Our client apps use a Typescript library we developed that makes talking to our API a piece of cake. You’d be helping us develop and maintain the server-side of things.

That’s a super-brief intro on what you’ll be working on. We’ve found it’s pretty important to talk just as much (or more) about how you would be working. In other words, allow us to brag just a bit…

A Bit About Us

We build the best budgeting software around, called “You Need a Budget” or “YNAB” for busy people. For over a decade, people have been buying YNAB and then telling their friends what a difference it has made in their lives. (Google us, or read some of our reviews on the app store, and you’ll see what we mean.) We love building something that has a huge positive impact on people’s lives.

We’re profitable, bootstrapped, and growing. YNAB started in 2004 and we’re in it for the long haul. We haven’t taken any outside investor money, and we haven’t borrowed any money.

We have one overarching requirement when it comes to joining our team: our Cultural Manifesto has to resonate with you, you know, pretty deep down. If it strikes a chord with you, you’ll probably fit right in. We’re excited to hear from you.

First, let me sell you on the idea of working with us at YNAB. Then we’ll talk details on what we’re looking for.

How You’ll Work at YNAB

We work really hard to make working at YNAB an amazing experience. We have a team full of truly exceptional people—the kind you’d be excited to work with. Here’s how we operate:

Live Where You Want

We’re a distributed team, so you can live and work wherever you want. Proximity doesn’t influence productivity. As I write this, Taylor (our CTO) is in Italy. I’m not sure where he’ll be next. Not all of us travel so extensively, but the fact that he does is totally okay because we’re all adults. Just make sure you have a reliable internet connection.

No Crazy Hours

We rarely work more than 40 hours per week. There may be a few times where things go a little crazy and people log some more time. Most make sure to take some extra time off so it all balances out. We’re in this for the long haul. Don’t go crazy on the hours.

Take Vacation (Seriously)

We want you to take vacation. In fact, we have a minimum vacation policy of three weeks per year (plus two extra weeks for Christmas break). It’s important to get out and do something. Post pictures of your vacation in our internal chat room, creatively named #office_wall.

The YNAB Meetup

We get the whole team together every 12 months and have a great time. Best Western conference room, powerpoints for hours…and budget talk. Just kidding. Last year it was in Costa Rica. This year is a gigantic cabin in the mountains. We do really fun things, but the highlight always seems to be just hanging out together and having a blast.

International is Absolutely Okay

If you are Stateside, we’ll set you up as a W2 employee. If you’re international, you’ll be set up as a contractor. Employee or contractor, it’s all the same to us. You’re part of the team. (We are spread all over the world: Australia, Switzerland, Pakistan, Scotland, Canada, and all over the United States.)

If You’re Stateside…

We have a Traditional and Roth 401k option. YNAB contributes three percent whether you choose to throw any money in there or not.

Other Tidbits

If this sounds like your ideal environment, read on because now I want to talk about you.

Now, back to your project, the web app.

You’re an experienced server-side developer that knows how to ship, monitor, and maintain large SaaS apps (not just websites). You’re an expert in at least one modern server-side framework (Rails, Node, ASP.NET, etc). You’re not necessarily the “Ops” person where you work, but you certainly understand the infrastructure well enough to aid in architecting and maintaining scalable solutions. We host on Heroku, so experience there is a bonus, but significant experience with AWS or other popular IAAS/PAAS is just fine.

You’ll help vet and improve our server-side layer, and shepherd our application through a smooth launch. We might have conversations that start like this:

You’re our person if you:

Some things you might be working on at YNAB:

Sounds like a great fit?

How to Apply

We look forward to hearing from you!

P.S. If you’re not interested in or available for this position, but know someone who is, we would really appreciate it if you passed this along!

Your Next Step

Remember, budgeting is not restrictive. You won’t be spending less, you’ll be spending right. You can do this! Today. Right now. What do you have to lose? Except all that debt and stress. (Ok, so kind of a lot.)

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