Server & API Engineer

New York, United States Full-time

Hello! It’s nice to meet you. Anchor is a New York based startup aimed at democratizing audio. With the tap of a button, we enable anyone in the world to create compelling, high quality audio and instantly be heard anywhere (on our platform, in podcast players, on smart speakers, in cars, and much more coming soon). Google us and you’ll find people commenting on the innovative, intuitive improvements we’ve been regularly bringing to the world of audio. In short, we are doing very cool things, and we’d love your help to do cool things better and faster!

As an early member of Anchor’s server team, you’ll play a critical role in helping us define the future of audio. We firmly believe that there is endless innovation just waiting to happen in the audio space. You’ll get to work alongside a cross-functional team of engineering, product, content, and community team members. This is a unique opportunity to be one of the very first hires for a consumer-facing and product-driven company that’s backed by some of the best investors in Silicon Valley and NY. This is a full-time role based in New York City.

If you want to jumpstart the process of talking to us about this role, here’s a little challenge: write a program that outputs the largest set of characters that can be removed from this paragraph without letting its length drop below 50. For example: [‘H’, ‘i’, ‘!’, ‘ ‘]

Responsibilities will evolve as we grow, but may include things like:

  • Building out the Node.js server that powers Anchor’s mobile and web apps, in a way that can simultaneously serve huge volumes of concurrent users
  • Helping to provision and manage every part of Anchor’s cloud infrastructure, from file storage to web and database servers
  • Architecting and implementing the front- and back-ends of both public facing and internal websites
  • Working closely with Anchor’s data and writing efficient queries against it
  • Designing and building out our infrastructure for scalability, using techniques such as serverless components (e.g. AWS Lambda)
  • Seeing projects through from conception to launch
  • Keeping code maintainable through extensive documentation and automated tests


  • A sense of humor
  • 3+ years of experience building web apps (back- and front-end)
  • 3+ years of experience writing highly optimized SQL
  • Fluency in Javascript, HTML, and CSS, as well as a deep understanding of REST
  • Solid understanding of Unix-based operating systems
  • Experience working with Node.js
  • Excitement about challenging computer science problems, and a love for clean code
  • Strong foundation in object oriented programming, data structures, and design patterns
  • Familiarity with git
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Persistent/determined work ethic and a willingness to try anything and everything
  • Strong interest in podcasts, radio, or audio in general
  • Ability to work well with cross-functional teams


  • Competitive salary, stock options, and whatever hardware, software, books, and tools you need to get your job done
  • Benefits: medical/dental/vision insurance, 401k, flexible vacation policy
  • A small, fast-moving team full of very nice, very smart, very creative people

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Anchor FM Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate due to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, or disability status.

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