Jobs at Alumni Ventures Portfolio Companies


Staff Backend Engineer

Tango Technology

Tango Technology

Software Engineering
Posted on Saturday, November 4, 2023

About Us

We knew there had to be a better way to share knowledge, learn on the job, and get work done faster. So we built it.

Tango instantly turns what you know into step-by-step guidance—no videos, meetings, or screen shares required.

With Guidance, you can:

⚡ Turn automatically captured how-to guides into on-screen, interactive walkthroughs

✅ Give step-by-step guidance asynchronously, with built-in context and curated insights

🎉 Minimize interruptions so you—and everyone around you—can stay in flow and get sh*t done

As a product-led series A startup, Tango powers processes for 350,000+ team members at companies like IBM, Salesforce, Netflix, Nike, and Verizon. We’re backed by leading venture capital firms, including Tiger Global, Slack Fund, Salesforce Ventures, Atlassian Ventures, Wing VC, General Catalyst, and GSV Ventures. And we’re growing fast.

We’re building a future of work where processes are easier to document and faster to follow. Where teams can give and get the right answers, in the right place, at the right time. Where to-do lists are easier to tackle—making space for the work that matters most.

Come build with us.


As a Staff Backend Engineer at Tango, you'll build a workflow intelligence platform to radically improve team productivity and help master how work gets done. You'll be a critical member of a talented and diverse team working on a modern tech stack using a serverless cloud architecture (Appsync, CDK, Lambda, GraphQL, DynamoDB). You will have a huge influence on our product roadmap and will work directly with the founders and senior members of the team across engineering, product, and design — who bring their experiences from Uber, Amazon, Slack, Docker, Coinbase, Square, and Harvard Business School.

This is a remote position based in the US, with two off-sites a year to meet your teammates in person (and explore different cities around the country!).

What you’ll do

  • Drive technical strategy and architecture decisions with our CTO and other engineering leaders, focusing on scalability and reliability.

  • Elevate the engineering team through close mentorship, implementing best practices, and coaching new hires.

  • Lead our cloud, infrastructure, and DevOps initiatives to maintain a smooth user and developer experience.

  • Architect and implement scalable backend systems to 10x the growth of Tango's platform.

  • Manage the full lifecycle of your code, from development to production, ensuring it supports high-scale use cases.

  • Lead the end-to-end design and execution of large-scale system architectures, ensuring the successful rollout of complex and innovative features.

Skills in your toolbox

  • You have 10+ years of professional experience in relevant software engineering roles, with a significant focus on backend development and database management.

  • You are an excellent communicator and take a collaborative approach to problem solving.

  • You are passionate about leading and growing a team of senior engineers.

  • You know what parts of your code require tests (and write those tests).

  • You are an expert in managing technical debt—if you choose not to avoid it, you encapsulate it.

  • You have product sense: you create more than beautiful code and can play a crucial role in choosing what we build and how we build it.

  • Above all else, you are a continuous learner and are excited to add new skills to your toolbox. We believe that the best engineers can learn new skills on the job.

Preferred tech stack

  • Experience with AWS services common to serverless architectures (AWS Lambda, AppSync, API Gateway, DynamoDB, IAM, etc.)

  • Experience using AWS AppSync, or ****have a strong interest in learning quickly.

  • Experience with authentication patterns using services such as AWS Cognito or Auth0.

  • Experience building GraphQL backends or comparable API development experience.

Bonus points

  • Experience with AWS CDK or Serverless framework.

  • Experience building Chrome extensions or expertise working with the DOM.

  • Experience building and monitoring serverless applications.

  • Experience developing and optimizing search and recommendation systems.

  • Experience writing type-safe code with TypeScript and creating unit and end-to-end tests with Jest and Cypress.

  • Experience supporting substantial applications with modern frontend frameworks like React, Vue, Svelte, Angular, Ember, etc.

About you

  • You're a master of your craft and eager to share your knowledge to help others grow.

  • You embrace the growth mindset and refuse to settle for good enough.

  • You're fun! We're serious about not taking ourselves too seriously around here.


Our base salary compensation is $170,000-$215,000 for this role, and the total compensation package will also include equity and benefits. We value each employee based on their impact within the company, regardless of their location. Due to this, we set salary ranges for all roles based on function, level, and benchmark against similar-stage growth companies. We share salary ranges on all job postings to comply with local legislation and provide greater transparency to candidates. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including past candidate experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above. Additionally, we offer compensation review cycles 2x per year and have an annual equity refresh program.

Why join Tango?

We believe teams that support and challenge each other are destined to win. That’s why we provide a competitive suite of benefits to support your personal and professional growth journey—and have some fun along the way.

Tango Benefits

  • Full Medical/Dental/Vision coverage with 100% employer contribution, FSA, and an HSA for qualified plans

  • 4 free therapy sessions annually through Spring Health

  • Competitive compensation and annual equity refresh program

  • 401(k) plan

  • Work from anywhere in the US, with UberEats and Deskpass stipends—on us!

  • Generous annual stipend for Learning & Development

  • Health and Wellness stipend

  • Unlimited PTO, 10 holidays, 4 personal volunteer days, 4 mental health days, and birthdays off

  • Paid parental leave

  • Subsidized National Parks Annual Pass

  • Subsidized Roller Skates (yes, seriously)

Our Core Values

  • ▶️ Take Action – Avoid indecision and move past points of uncertainty. Value speed and fail forward.

  • 🚀 Aim High – Set uncomfortably ambitious goals. Reject mediocrity and take calculated risks.

  • 👐 Seek Diversity – Invite unique perspectives. Create a safe space to challenge the status quo.

  • 🌱 Leave It Better – Be an owner, not a renter. Cultivate a growth mindset.

  • Customer Love – Champion the needs of the end user. Deliver magical experiences.

  • 🏆 Team First – Winning as a team beats winning alone. Lift up others.

Learn more about how we evaluate these values in our interview process.