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Full-stack engineer - Goliath Destroyer

at KnowItOwl in New York, NY   —   Apr 18, 2014   |  
Overview
We are not the next Instagram or Fab. We don’t aspire to be. We are KnowItOwl and we’re taking on a much bigger problem: insurance.

Do you want to solve:
A problem with scale. Insurance is a $2 trillion industry. That’s 36 times larger than Google and Facebook combined. Insurers pay their aging sales force a mint to sell insurance the old-fashioned way (with paper, face-to-face). We’re going to change this.

A problem that’s socially important. Nobody’s helping people figure out insurance – and that’s bad. Under-insured medical problems contribute to over half of all personal bankruptcies and home foreclosures. We’re going to deliver social impact.

A problem in desperate need of a new approach. The consumer problem in insurance is deceptively simple: insurance is hard to sell because people don’t want to think about bad things like death and illness. Insurers just throw money at the problem: advertising, hefty commissions, pushy sales agents. We’re introducing a new approach.

We’re looking to build our team with people who understand the importance of what we’re doing and want to apply their talent and energy to solving a Big Problem. We’re searching for Davids ready to take on Goliath. Come join Virgil and the KnowItOwl team to bring the $2 trillion insurance industry into the 21st century.
Responsibilities
Foundation Building - No more working with outdated languages, poorly architected systems, and legacy code. You'll be able to learn from your past experiences, and those of your network/community, to map and build KnowItOwl's technical base. We'll be working with you to determine what languages we'll be harnessing (and why), what frameworks to involve (or steer clear of), and best practices for setting up the wonderful OCD-esque underpinnings of our development process.
Mind Reading/Future Prediction - You'll be answering the tough questions around how our systems scale 6, 12, and 18 months out. This includes integrating with data sources from within the industry and enabling our algorithms to shift as the data demands.
Picture Making/ Analytics Wrangling - As you design the foundation, processes, and scalable systems behind KnowItOwl you'll be putting on your deep analytics hat. As part of KnowItOwl's data insights pillar you'll be planning and executing database structures and interfaces that allow the team to create accurate pictures and extrapolate REAL meaning from the info we're collecting. End result: REAL impact for consumers and insurers across the industry.
Mythbusters: Tech Edition - We'll be relying on you to support or smash concepts and strategies we've included in our product roadmap. You'll be responsibly for the if it CAN happen, how it SHOULD happen, and of course the WHEN.
Experience
An interest in the business and broader company vision (clearly...)
Skill with CSS, XHTML, one or more Javascript frameworks, and AJAX.
Love of software design patterns
Understanding of user-centered design/development
Experience with unit testing, acceptance testing and familiarity with git/svn version control
An opinion on the technology solutions for a scalable consumer insurance business model
Hands-on experience coding in more than one currently popular web application framework.
Familiar with more than one software development methodology.
Ability to discern user requirements and develop specifications.
Has contributed to one or more open source projects.
Knowledge of web standards.
Familiarity with technical requirements of Internet marketing and search engine optimization.
Familiarity with information security vulnerabilities and risk management.
Familiarity with consumer privacy and payments industry compliance requirements.
Compensation
Ground-floor member of a team that is going to solve a very Big Problem
Competitive salary and generous equity
Great benefits (we’re an insurance startup after all)
Shape the culture of the technology team
Whatever tools you need to succeed (hardware/software/books)
Be part of a team which includes kings of sarcasm, comedy queens, ex-starving artists, and folks who have checked their egos at the door to work on a solution with game-changing potential
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