Soma Capital Portfolio Jobs

Full Stack Engineer



Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Monday, December 27, 2021
Full Stack Engineer at Porter (S20)
$100K - $200K  •  
Easiest way to deploy on AWS/GCP/Azure
New York City
Any (new grads ok)
About Porter

Porter is a Platform as a Service that runs in the user's own cloud. We allow users to deploy applications to their own AWS/GCP accounts by simply pointing at the code they want to run and automate devops from CI/CD to autoscaling. Under the hood, Porter runs on Kubernetes but abstracts away its complexity from the end user.

We are growing fast, small but formidable, and are at one of the most exciting junctures a startup can be at with the state of our growth. We've grown 8x in ARR since the beginning of 2022 and are profitable as of Q3 2022. We are building out a founding team in NYC who can share this journey with us. (Remote is also OK depending on circumstances - see the end of this job post)

About the role
Skills: Go, React, TypeScript

View the Porter GitHub repo

The Role:

We're looking for a full stack engineer who is fluent in React/Typescript but comfortable working across the entire stack. This includes building on top of our Go backend as well as working directly with the Kubernetes and Helm APIs. Since Porter is a PaaS that abstracts the complexity of Kubernetes, deeply considered design/architectural decisions are the lifeblood of our platform. The best implementation is not always the most obvious one, so an appetite for rigorously evaluating the tradeoffs of different options is essential.

You will be expected to push critical code on a daily basis while also working on larger features that constantly expand the capabilities of the platform.

You will:

  • Build and maintain new features on the Porter dashboard
  • Develop our Go API to accommodate additional k8s/Helm behaviors
  • Create applets and add-ons for popular technologies like MySQL, Redis, Kafka, RabbitMQ, etc.
  • Improve the UI and organization of the dashboard (strong UI/UX background is a nice to have)
  • Raise the standard for code quality and our engineering culture

Who we're looking for:

We value rate of learning above all else. Full stack experience and fluency with React/TypeScript is expected, but less familiarity with Go/Kubernetes is fine if you're a voracious and self-directed learner. Infrastructure management isn't rocket science, but it does involve thinking and working across multiple levels of abstraction at once. If the idea of wrangling that complexity is exciting and not daunting to you, we'd love to talk. As is the case with most early-stage startups, you should be comfortable with regularly shifting priorities and iterating at a very high (daily) velocity.

Some of the technical challenges we face:

  • Abstracting Kubernetes - any PaaS spans a variety of use cases, so building a consistent and useful layer of abstraction requires constant awareness of the needs of many user profiles.
  • Auto-Generated Frontend - each of our app/add-on templates uses a form.yaml file that programmatically generates a settings UI on the dashboard using a library of our own input primitives. Expanding and testing the functionality of these templates is non-trivial.
  • Cloud Agnosticism - one of Porter's main benefits is that you get the same interface for managing services regardless of where you host. Our job is to reduce multi-cloud infrastructure complexity to a unified interface.
  • Many Integrations - our philosophy is to never reinvent the wheel, so we leverage tools like GitHub Actions, existing container registries, and the APIs of various cloud providers. An issue with any one of these integrations interrupts functionality, so properly handling interactions with numerous services is crucial.

Sample projects you might work on:

  • Build a dashboard that gives an infra-level overview of machines being managed by Porter and their current resource utilization
  • Implement live email/Slack alerts for successful or failed deployments
  • Develop a deployment pipeline builder that lets users seamlessly promote services across multiple clusters and environments (ex: dev -> staging -> prod)
  • Create one-click deployable applets for popular technologies (e.g. RabbitMQ, Kafka, Cassandra, etc.)

Tech stack:

  • Web: React (styled-components), TypeScript
  • Backend: Go, Kubernetes + Helm APIs, Postgres, Redis
  • Infrastructure: AWS, GCP

Porter is open source. You can view our entire codebase here:

We are a fully in-person team located in NYC, and we require that you come into the office everyday.

Interested? Email your resume to jobs at and let us know why you would be a great fit for this role.


Web: React (styled-components), TypeScript Backend: Go, Kubernetes and Helm APIs, Postgres, Redis Infrastructure: AWS, GCP