Backend Software Engineer


San Francisco



Kapwing empowers digital storytellers and entertainers. It’s an online image and video platform that people make, edit, and collaborate on multimedia projects at work. We’re helping modern creators express themselves, tell bite-sized stories, and design in the “4th dimension” (content with a timeline). Our vision is to become the go-to multimedia editor for teams to collaborate and meet demands for content quantity without sacrificing quality.

With remote work, remote learning, an economic downturn and the rise of social media as a political advocacy channel, video and media entrepreneurship have never been more relevant for the world. Join a company that's democratizing creative tools and inventing the future stack of video creation. We value velocity, growth, and impact, plus a strong community of coworkers who support each other and collaborate.

We’re also a Series A startup founded by two X-Googlers/Harvard/Stanford and backed by CRV, Kleiner Perkins and other top VCs. We've grown to millions of monthly-active creators through purely organic channels. Read more about Kapwing in TechCrunch.

We’re looking to hire a talented mid-level or senior backend software engineers to join our Backend and Infrastructure Team. This position is a full-time role reporting to the Director of Engineering at the Kapwing HQ in San Francisco.


  1. Architect systems to scale our cloud video processor to millions of creators. Solve key engineering challenges related to performance, reliability, and precision of video edits.
  2. Research new technologies for step-function improvements in cost, uptime, and other performance metrics
  3. Identify opportunities and plan engineering roadmaps for backend KPIs.
  4. Grow and manage a backend engineering team. Mentor cross-functional engineers working on full-stack projects.
  5. Contribute to full-stack projects 
  6. Set up engineering best practices to mitigate risk, monitor releases, and increase quality


  1. 2-8 years of production-level software engineering experience
  2. Comfortable with React, Node, and python, Has worked with MongoDB, GCP, and Docker.
  3. Ideal candidate has experience with FFMPEG, large uploads/downloads, or other open-source video technologiese
  4. (Preferred) Experience with dev ops and automated testing.
  5. Experience scaling data systems to support millions of users
  6. Capable of evaluating and incorporating new web technology
  7. Creative thinker: Thinks of many solutions to a problem
  8. Entrepreneurial: Excited about joining a small, high-growth team and contributing across all areas of the company
  9. No ego: There’s a lot we wish we could do but don’t have time for. Must have the ability to put the product’s needs first.

Our culture

We’re an engineering-heavy team, all interested in learning the latest web technologies and applying them to video, photography, and social media content. Founded by two product managers, Kapwing has a strong design and UX orientation when building new products.

Team Kapwing is scrappy and creative, and we love launching random things for fun (check out Cartoonify!). Everyone does a bit of everything, from operations to supporting our customers. We love the creators who use our product and embrace pop culture, design, music, and media trends, and we tackle tough engineering problems related to scaling video processing in the cloud. We order lunch together, go on offsites, and do a regular happy hour on Fridays.

Also, Kapwing pays full-time salaries and offers competitive health benefits. We value diversity across all dimensions and keep reasonable hours. Kapwing is based full-time in San Francisco.

Our hiring process

Our technical process is a short, behavioral interview about your past experiences, a sample of work project designed to take less than one day of work, two hours of interviews, and a lunch with our whole team. We value engineering excellence, product insight, eagerness for growth/impact, and the communication skills and empathy to collaborate well with a tight-knit team.


Julia Enthoven and Eric Lu previously worked together as product managers on the Image Search team at Google. The company was founded in 2017, and bootstrapped to over $100k ARR before raising money mostly through Product Hunt launches, a popular blog on entrepreneurship, and SEO.