CrunchBase is used by millions of consumers, analysts, and investors every month to track what’s happening in the fast-paced world of tech startups, and we’re growing. The key to our continued success is building a robust and scalable system that can capture and reflect the complex relationships amongst participants in the industry. Right now, we have the unique opportunity to technically “reboot”, taking all the lessons of running CrunchBase up to this point and build a brand new CrunchBase from the ground up using the latest commercial and open source technologies of our choosing. Sound exciting? It does to us.

What we’re looking for

Yeah, we know you can code, and we know you’ve built system X using framework Y, and we don’t deny that’s really important. Thing is, the technologies with which we all work emerge, evolve, and expire pretty quickly. Beyond your experience, we ask ourselves two questions:

1/ Are you bright, not just smart?

We’re looking for generalists. That doesn’t mean that you already know everything; it means that you’re both willing and able to learn new things quickly. We’re looking for conceptual thinkers. Can you think about problems at a high level and then solve them in code with a constant focus on the higher-level problem you’re solving?

2/ Do you fit?

Culture is critically important here. Not only do we need people who can work well in small teams and make that team successful, we also want to make sure that our values mesh. We believe that everyone on the team is working together towards shared goals. We believe in hard work to support each other. We believe in communication and collaboration across the organization (good ideas and criticisms don’t know hierarchy). We don’t believe in blame – we believe in making things work when they break. Finally, we believe in delivering a no-compromises product.

Experience we’d like to see

Whereas the following experience isn’t absolutely required (equivalent web development experience is OK), you’d have a significant head-start coming in with the following:

  • Proficiency in Ruby/Rails
  • JavaScript, jQuery, and some front-end development
  • Knowledge/experience with redis, memcached, or any other NoSQL systems
  • Git experience (VCS experience is required)

Why work at CrunchBase?

By joining the team as a developer, you’ll be an intricate part of working on projects that will have massive impact on millions of our readers and users. Your voice will be heard and you’ll have a lot of autonomy over mission-critical decisions. Our office culture is relaxed yet dynamic, located in the SOMA district of San Francisco within walking distance of CalTrain (perfect for commuting from the south bay). Everyday, amazingly interesting people walk in and out of our doors making for a really exciting working environment.

Benefits and Perks

  • Great benefits
  • Free Lunch on M/W/F
  • Free access to all TechCrunch conferences/events [You’ll probably help plan them as well]
  • A great working environment with a bunch of great people

To Apply

Send an email with your resume/background/experience to with the subject line “CrunchBase Developer”.

  • Originally published February 14, 2013, updated April 26, 2023