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Doug Safreno
Doug Safreno
Jan 14, 2021 - 3 min read

🛣️ Overview



To apply or learn more about any role, please reach out to [email protected].

🥰 Mission

Our mission is to make remote and hybrid work less lonely and more effective. We're accomplishing this by building Pesto, the digitally native, authentically human workplace.

🧱 Values

Positivity & fun: we believe in our ability to create positive change and have fun while doing it. We create a product that inspires the same in others.

Inclusiveness & diversity: we are committed to creating a diverse workforce where all people feel welcome. We create a product that inspires the same in others.

Empathetic honesty: we speak our minds and have hard conversations without being jerks and while staying open-minded

Pragmatic craftspeople: we take pride in the quality and volume of our work, but not to the point where we become jerks, lose focus on our mission, or harm our personal lives.

Trust: we trust our co-workers to make the right decision and expect their trust in return. We don't add process where trust will suffice.

Healthy & happy: we put time and energy into our own mental and physical health, our friends and family, and other personal goals / responsibilities.

📈 Status

We raised pre-seed funding in April 2020 and recently raised a significant new round of seed funding. We now have significant early traction and growth with thousands of remote/hybrid workers using us daily.

You can learn more about the team on the about us page.

❓ Our interview process

Our interview process is simple:

  1. We have a quick initial 15-30 min call to establish mutual interest
  2. Then, for certain levels and roles of experience, we may conduct a technical 1 hour interview
  3. Then, we conduct a 2-3 hour interview consisting of cultural interviews with co-founding CEO, Doug Safreno, and co-founding CTO, Vivek Nair + 1 technical screen, typically conducted by the hiring manager
  4. Finally, we conduct a "work trial" - where we pay you to work with us for a few (typically 3-5) days.

🏖️ Benefits of working with us

  • Fully remote team (within US)
  • $5K budget for your home remote work setup
  • Healthcare, dental and vision insurance
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Team get togethers (we had our last one in Hawaii ğŸ˜ŽğŸ– )

🖌️ Product Designer #1 (remote, US)

✅ What we're looking for

  • Minimum 2, ideally at least 4 or more years of product design experience
  • Excellent visual and interaction design skills. Strong ability to express ideas through wireframing and high fidelity mockups (e.g. on Figma). Ability to balance speed of execution with thoughtfulness.
  • Product and design systems thinker who designs with scalability and reusability in mind
  • Strong design portfolio
  • Remote, based in US timezones
  • Collaborator, doesn't take feedback and critique personally

💻 In this role, you will...

  • Be the first design hire! You will craft our product experience and design the future of remote and hybrid work
  • Contribute as an individual with potential to grow the design discipline at the company over time
  • Balance high execution speed with thoughtful crafting of our design systems
  • Significantly impact our brand strategy and identity

⚒️ Software Engineers #3/#4 (remote, US)

✅ What we're looking for

We are actively hiring two full stack software engineers with:

  • Over 1 year of professional experience
  • Familiarity with React and JavaScript
  • Remote, based in US timezones

💻 In this role, you will...

  • Operate across the stack, from our avatar creator to our A/V media infrastructure to our real-time sync engine.
  • Heavily use what you build. Pesto is the most important tool we use to build Pesto.
  • Tackle challenging technical and UX problems, from video conferencing to group chat to social signals around availability
  • Ship critical features as part of a small team of generalists
  • Use a modern tech stack, including a Typescript, GraphQL, PostgreSQL backend deployed on Kubernetes on GKE and React (+Electron) and React Native clients all wired together with our real-time sync engine and WebRTC

What's next?

To apply or learn more about any role, please reach out to [email protected].

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