API Engineering Lead



Software Engineering
Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2023

Company Description

Travelstride is an ambitious Venture-funded Seed stage company led by industry & startup veterans that is serving a large, long-term growing opportunity. Our investors include JetBlue Technology Ventures, NFX (top VC for marketplaces), New York Angels, Sand Hill Angels, and the founders of Trulia, Get There, Hipmunk, TripIt, and Google Now.

We are the top US marketplace for tours, private tailor-made vacations, & adventure trips. Our platform hosts more than 50,000 travel experiences across every continent from ~1,500 of the world’s best travel companies and local experts. With over 125,000 trusted reviews, Travelstride enables travelers of all types to explore the world with ease and confidence. And we are expanding into becoming the most useful and engaged online community for the top 10% of passionate travelers.

We are a values and mission driven company. Here's what's most important to us:

Our purpose: Bring wonder, joy, learning, and connection through better and more frequent travel.

Our mission: Foster a community connecting travelers with wonderful places, people and experiences.

Our vision: Become the most useful travel community, where people of all types find, share, and book wonderful trips.

Our mantra: Think big. Start Small. Move fast. First do it. Then do it right. Then do it better.

Our core values: Arete, Speed, Grit, Daring, Balance, Growth mindset, Responsibility, Proactive, United, Fun, Resourceful, Trustworthy

Job Description

You'll be an important part of a small team with big ambitions: delivering a delightful and engaging product that makes it possible to seamlessly find and book a traveler's perfect adventurous vacation.

The ideal candidate for this position has experience working with established, medium to large-sized codebases. You should feel comfortable building new systems, refactoring existing code, writing tests when you spot something that's lacking coverage, and implementing new features quickly.

We are still young, so there's a large opportunity here to steer the direction of the code and the product as it grows. If you think you're up for the challenge, we'd love to hear from you.

We're looking for...

An API developer who's comfortable doing a little bit of everything, from connecting to external API services to orchestrating AWS Lambda architecture and optimizing background processes. You can talk to other engineers and explain our API architecture and solve various bottlenecks.



  • 2-4 years in web development
  • Obsessed with clean and quality code
  • Implementing API and integrating with external services
  • Strong communication skills, positive attitude and empathy
  • Grasp of the big picture
  • Loves taking full responsibility and ownership over code/features/project
  • Passion for excellence

Additional awesomeness (but not required):

  • DevOps experience
  • Knowledge of NodeJS and/or Ruby On Rails and/or Django frameworks
  • AWS Lambda
  • Continuous Integration & Continuous Delivery
  • Passion for Travel

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Why work with us? The benefits:

  • Shape the future of a fast-growing startup in an adventurous industry

  • Competitive base salary

  • Generous equity

  • Flexible vacation and an annual stipend for tours and vacation packages

  • Spend every day with a team of world-class individuals and achieve personal growth with the company

  • Regular company meals plus quarterly team outings & parties