2020 Best Invention

Software Engineer, Generalist

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In a Nutshell

At Upsolve, we believe every American should have access to their legal rights, regardless of whether they can afford a lawyer. Bankruptcy is a powerful tool that allows low-income families to relieve their debt and re-enter the economy. Due to COVID-19, it's more important than ever. But legal fees in bankruptcy are too expensive for low-income families who need it. We're making this critical part of the American safety net free and accessible.

Written by Upsolve Team.  
Updated March 15, 2021

To date, we've already relieved over $250 million in debt for our users. TIME named Upsolve one of the Top 100 inventions of 2020. Interested? Email rohan@upsolve.org.

Who We're Looking For

As a founding engineer, you're a good fit if you've already had strong experiences learning the fundamentals of software engineering at another startup or established tech company.

You're currently looking for opportunities that will allow you to reach your full potential as an engineer, helping marginalized communities with the skills you've gained throughout your career. You must have a passion for social, economic, and racial justice.

You've always told yourself: "one day, I'm going to use my engineering skills to actually help people who need me."

Before you became a software engineer or in your current career, you've had a track record of helping people in need. This could include volunteer experience, activism, or a full-time job. You have a well-developed awareness of the inequity in our society and a burning desire to do something about it. You've been looking for the right opportunity to work on these passions full-time while being fairly compensated.

You care about working with a very diverse team from all walks of life.

You're ready to take ownership over new features and products at an organization that is well-funded, widely recognized, and relieves hundreds of millions of dollars of debt per year.

We're committed to making Upsolve the most meaningful professional experience of your life.

We are looking for team members with the following specific traits and experience:

  • You have a strong focus on social impact

  • You have a willingness to learn fast

  • You ship incrementally and love to iterate

  • You love data, analytics, and ways to measure features you ship

  • You can move fluidly between frontends, backends, and devops to ensure the greatest experience is delivered and supported

What You'll Get Out of It:
  • The chance to build a product that relieves hundreds of millions of dollars per year and transforms the lives of low-income and working-class families

  • The ability to ship live code within hours of starting

  • A welcoming and collaborative environment with people who are dedicating their lives to fighting poverty

  • An environment for rapid experimentation and ownership

  • Ownership of entire systems and features that deliver society-changing impact

  • Contributing to the foundation and culture of a young and growing organization

  • Experience working cross-functionally and exposure to a variety of business functions

  • Cash compensation on par with for-profit tech companies

  • 3+ years’ experience writing production-grade code in a modern programming language

  • An incredibly high bar for velocity of shipping and the quality of your work

  • You build software that is explicit and intuitive

  • You’re pragmatic in knowing when to refactor and when to ship

  • Desired: Professional experience with NodeJS

  • Desired: Experience with cloud service providers like AWS


We’d love to talk to you. Send an email to rohan@upsolve.org.

Upsolve is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that everyone should receive equal consideration and treatment in all terms and conditions of employment regardless of sex, gender(including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age(over40), physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, domestic partner status, military or veteran status, height, weight, AIDS/HIV status, and any other protected category under federal, state or local law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Upsolve is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that started in 2016. Our mission is to help low-income families who cannot afford lawyers file bankruptcy for free, using an online web app. Spun out of Harvard Law School, our team includes lawyers, engineers, and judges. We have world-class funders that include the U.S. government, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and leading foundations. It's one of the greatest civil rights injustices of our time that low-income families can’t access their basic rights when they can’t afford to pay for help. Combining direct services and advocacy, we’re fighting this injustice.

To learn more, read why we started Upsolve in 2016, our reviews from past users, and our press coverage from places like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.


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