am David and I came across your Linkedin profile as you are open to new opportunities.

I wanted to see if you might be interested in a key SW Eng position we are hiring for at Startgrid (, a fast-growing, exciting Enterprise SaaS co based in Burlingame (flexible hours and partial telecommute avail). Startgrid is a 2 yr old startup with an impressive Fortune 500 client list already and has an Enterprise SaaS platform that connects entrepreneurs with large enterprises to accelerate innovation within each firm (this is a greenfield opportunity with no current competitors in this space). The company has already signed several Fortune 500 co's and have many more in pilot projects. Now comes the challenging part as we need to build out our data services layer more fully and securely and need someone to lead that effort.

An ideal candidate will have the following exp/skillset:

Someone who has shipped & supported services architecture in a large-scale, Linux HA production env
Exp building the data services layer with an emphasis on security/encryption that will satisfy F500 clients
Middle/Back-end exp (Full-stack is great!) with large scale platforms
Ability/Willingness to pick up GO language (no prior exp necessary)
NoSQL exp (MongoDB a +)
Current stack is Angular/GO/MongoDB (Python exp a + too)

We are looking for a bright, motivated Engineer who is excited about an opportunity to take ownership of large components of our platform and help create an awesome product in our greenfield space! This position will report directly to the CTO and has tremendous career growth potential.

If you think this might be a fit for your skills and exp, let me know at your earliest convenience and we can talk about the company and opportunity in more detail. Following is the formal job description for you to review as well.

Startgrid is an Enterprise SaaS platform to connect entrepreneurs with leading enterprises to accelerate delivery of innovation within the Enterprise. Our customers are some of the most innovative companies in the Fortune 500.

We’re looking for a bright, driven and talented Software Engineer to work collaboratively with our geographically distributed Engineering team to help design, build, and scale the middle-tier data services layer for our Enterprise SaaS platform from the ground up using Go, JSON, MongoDB, ElasticSearch, and more.

The data services layer is an essential for our platform to ensure customer data is properly protected and reliably available to the application tier. The candidate must possess a balanced combination of team collaboration, data modeling, data security, API design, and implementation skills.

Projects include: secure, reliable, and scalable API development for multi-tenant web and mobile applications in GoLang including authentication, permissions, data integration, import/export, search indexing, event processing pipeline, machine learning and data analytics.


3-5+ yrs of professional software engineering experience
Go / Golang (no Go experience? Java, C, etc. experience is great as well)
JavaScript and Python experience is a plus
Shipped and supported services architecture on Linux in a High Availability (HA) production environment

API Design
Data Modeling
Data Management
Security & Encryption
Reliability / High Availability & Uptime
Unit Tests

Who are involved in this interview?

  1. Adrian Dorsman (CTO)
  2. David Clough (recruiter)

What is the current size of the company?

About 15 people, 9 of which are engineers.

What database engines are being used?

Mongodb, PostgresDB

What skills do I have that they may want to hear?

  1. SQL tuning
  2. Index
  3. Denormalization
  4. Sharding
  5. Caching
  6. CDN
  7. Minimizing and compressing content

What are the questions that I want to ask?

  1. When was StartGrid established?
  2. Is StartGrid a start-up? When was the last round of funding? What was the size of the last round of funding? Is StartGrid profitable yet?
  3. What is the current size of the company?
  4. How many engineers do we currently have?
  5. How many teams of engineers does StartGrid have?
  6. Do we use Big Data or Artificial Intelligence in our infrastructure?
  7. How do we discover innovation and surface that up to our users? How do our users use our system?
  8. I welcome the opportunity to learn a new language anytime, but why do we use Golang? What features are we seeking from Golang? Are we using an MVC framework with Go?
  9. What is the next step?

What is the purpose of StartGrid?

StartGrid is a platform that connects entrepreneurs with large enterprises to accelerate innovation within each firm.

Startgrid, Inc. operates as an online platform that focuses on building, connecting, and managing entrepreneurial networks. It develops program management, collaboration, and pipeline tools. The company, through its platform, enables clients to manage programs and partnerships to grow their networks; generate dashboards and analytics to spot trends; collaborate and communicate with entrepreneurs to build their network; and connect with accelerators and incubators. It caters to enterprises, universities, accelerators, foundations, and government agencies. Startgrid, Inc. was incorporated in 2012 and is based in Burlingame, California.

Who are some of StartGrid's competitors?


What are the benefits of working at StartGrid?

  1. Competitive salary
  2. Comprehensive Medical/Dental/Vision
  3. Equity
  4. DTO (Discretionary Time Off) - Take time when you need it
  5. Great office on the Bay in Burlingame
  6. Flexible hours
  7. Option for partial telecommute
  8. Bring your dog (or mini pig or parrot) to work
  9. Bottomless coffee/espresso and office snacks
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