Backend / Full-Stack

Angaza creates software for selling life-changing products in underserved markets. When a family in Tanzania (or Kenya, or Nigeria, or India…) pays a weekly installment on their new home solar installation, their payment is processed by Angaza backend software. When they have a question about their account, a call center finds the answer using an Angaza web application. Their lives were changed when they could turn on electricity for the first time, and the business that made it possible used Angaza software to do so: to register their purchase, to set up their installation, and to stay in touch while they start to benefit from it. Plenty of other "B2B SaaS" companies build software designed for mature industries and well-served markets. Angaza instead designs technology that works better for people and places that are often the edge cases for other software companies. They are, however, our core users.

Our Goals Matter

Angaza believes in engineering challenges, not product constraints. We believe that businesses operating in emerging markets, selling to off-grid consumers, can and should expect business software that works every bit as well as Square or Stripe. We believe they'll use our software to dramatically improve the daily lives of hundreds of millions of people over the next decade. We believe these things in part because we work every day to make them real. If you think these goals sound worth working toward, then join us and work toward them.

Should You Reach Out?

Yes, you should. Angaza includes people with a wide range of backgrounds and stories. If you're excited by what we do, send us an email no matter what. To help you decide whether this role is right for you, though, we'll list some vague possible attributes of an ideal candidate:
  • You've worked professionally in software development for at least a few years. Maybe you've been working in Python for some of that time, but probably not all of it.
  • You care about a clear and well-maintained internal implementation almost as much as you care about delivering great features to end users.
  • You tend to think through and communicate the tradeoffs of different implementations, rather than jumping straight to the one that feels right.
  • You appreciate the craft in your work, and you value its impact even more.

Some Other Details

Angaza is a for-profit company with offices in San Francisco and Nairobi. Our technical team is ten people, including seven software engineers. We've worked at places like Canonical, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Kiva. It's an experienced group that supports each other in building a better product. We strive to be thoughtful, pragmatic, and collaborative. Our hiring process typically involves a phone conversation, a small and well-defined home project, and an on-site interview. We don't believe in gotcha logic puzzles or adversarial whiteboard exercises, and we give you specific constructive feedback wherever possible. Employees receive benefits, salary, and an equity stake in Angaza.

The Next Step

This position is full-time and on-site in our San Francisco office, so you should be in the Bay Area. Send your résumé to using the subject line “Angaza Backend Developer - $YOURNAME” (no recruiters, please). Feel free to include any extra information you think we should know. We'll get back in touch shortly.