What We Do
GetMyBoat is the largest boat rental and charter marketplace in the world with 64,000 boats in 171 countries. Our goal is to grow boating and make it easy for renters to search, find, and book an on-the-water adventure globally. We also help boat owners make money off their seldom-used watercraft. We're part of the growing sharing economy where access is more important than ownership.
Why Work For Us
We’re seeing substantial growth / traction and the media is regularly referring to us as the Airbnb for boats. It’s exciting times. Be a part of a fast growing company (we've gone from 3 to 40 employees in four years), have direct impact on a product and see your work used by hundreds of thousands of people. Joining our team is a fantastic opportunity to up your game with opportunities to learn technical skills.
In addition to competitive market rates, we offer flexible working hours / location and the hardware of your choice to do your job well.
We're in full on startup mode and looking for people who are proactive, comfortable with the unknown and possess a healthy dose of optimism. We work as a distributed team, with six developers in South Africa (five in Cape Town, one in Joburg), three in the USA and one in Russia. Remote development is a big part of our culture. In Cape Town you can choose to work from home or from our office in the Woodstock Exchange. We move fast (but try not to break things!) and embrace the lean startup methodology. Other values include Openness, Trust, Transparency, No Egos and an emphasis on strong team players. We're a small and talented team of developers with a high output; it's amazing what we've done so far. Every month a newsletter is sent to all team members with key company metrics - e.g. revenue, traffic, users - to keep everyone in the loop and focused on growth.
Our Engineering Processes
All work is tracked as stories in our Kanban project management tool. This enables the entire team to visually understand what is in development. Stories are either assigned to specific team members by project managers or self assigned. Both the product manager and developers create stories. We maintain a roadmap, using data and business insights to decide on roadmap candidates. A weekly product newsletter is sent out to the engineering team to keep us focused and transparent.
Developers choose what hours they work (some people are early risers, others are night owls). We run standup calls via Skype three times a week - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday - at 4pm or 5pm depending on whether San Francisco is on daylight saving time. There are times when you will need to be around for a few hours of the early evening to overlap with the start of the US day. All work takes place in feature branches, with peer review of pull requests. Peer review helps catch bugs and ensure product knowledge is spread across the team. It's not uncommon for us to deploy 4 times a day (except Fridays!) and we rely heavily on Unit, API and Selenium automated tests. Every commit pushes to GitHub triggers a build, AWS environments are automatically deployed to from our build server (CircleCI).
Our Hiring Process
We send candidates a short list of questions to determine whether there is a fit for the role. Next we run a short face-to-face interview (no longer than 1 hour) at our office in Woodstock, Cape Town, or video Skype, with our CTO. We're happy to do these office interviews early morning / late afternoon to accommodate candidates with existing jobs. Due diligence is carried out to check references, previous jobs and education.
New employee are assisted by other team members to learn the culture, expectations, product, technology stack and work processes. Feedback is given periodically, you'll be speaking with the team lead at least once a week. We find it helpful to make sure that, after the interviews are over and you’re getting your hands dirty, it still feels like a great fit (we fully expect that it will). The first month is critical, we'd rather fail fast if things are not working out. We feel it is super important that all new hires are aligned and feel comfortable.
Our Engineering Challenges
Growth, Conversion Rates and Reservations
We're focusing on features to increase our conversion rate, however hacky they may be. We're after volume and scale, to build the global marketplace for boat rentals. Pushing reservations and revenue is vital.
UI / UX
Our new senior designer is revisiting every area of our product, rethinking the UI / UX around and giving the brand a refresh. Design has not been our strongest card, and we addressing and fixing that. We value simplicity and use a user-centered design approach.
Scale and Performance
With strong week-on-week traffic growth we're building systems to scale, which calls for well optimised code and a focus on caching. With a global user-base we're leveraging CDN technologies such as Fastly and Akamai to cache dynamic content at the EDGE. Whether you're using the iPhone app in Sydney, Australia or browsing the website on an iPad in New York we need things to fly. With money flowing through our marketplace it's imperative we stay online.
API First and Mobile responsive
We pushing to be platform agnostic - a user's experience shouldn't be dependent on what devices they use. And mobile is huge for us. We think API first to remove code duplication and to provide clean interfaces to connect from, whether that's JS, backend or mobile native.
We moving from a monolith to micro-services to allow us to scale our platform but also our workflow as the developer count increases. That gives us opportunities to introduce new programming languages (Python / GO) and infrastructure as code technologies such as Docker.
We're want to get smart with data science and build a metrics based company. Whether that's to allow marketing to plan their upcoming campaign, help engineers deciding on which features to build or which A/B tests to run, we want to use data and metrics to direct strategy.
Search is at the heart of our product and we're always working to improve our algorithms and want to A/B test designs and results to optimise conversions.
Payments, Forex and Fraud
We run a global market place with transactions in a variety of currencies. And that throws up forex challenges and the need for resilient systems and alternative payment providers. We know we can optimise our process here to become our own Forex platform to reduce payout timeframes and drive costs down. As we grow we need to be aware of fraudulent activity, and utilise machine learning to combat it.