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Developer Experience Engineer



Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA · United States · Remote
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2023

Old problem, new $25B+ market

Companies like AWS, Stripe, and Twilio have shown that if a technology isn't core to your value proposition, you should offload it. Still, every engineering team builds and rebuilds one piece: authorization, how you control who has access to what in your app. We intend to change that.

We see a world where developers never roll their own authorization again, and instead say, "Just use Oso" – the same way you might say, "Oh, you should just use Postgres for that." In doing so, we're creating the $25B+ authorization market.

Why Oso?

We have the lead – in traction, capital, and team.

  • Traction: Oso is used by thousands of companies from startups to the Fortune 500, like Wayfair, Arc, Intercom, Visa, Oxide, and Codecademy.

  • Capital: We're the best-capitalized, with 4+ years of runway from the world’s best investors, including Sequoia, Felicis, and infrastructure entrepreneurs like Olivier Pomel (Founder, Datadog), Dev Ittycheria (CEO, MongoDB), Arman Dadgar (Founder, Hashicorp), Edith Harbaugh (Founder, LaunchDarkly), Guy Podjarny (Founder, Snyk), Paul Copplestone, (Founder, Supabase), Christina Cacioppo (Founder, Vanta), and Calvin French-Owen (Founder, Segment).

  • Team: We've spent 3+ years going deep on the domain. We've met with thousands of engineering teams and know more about this problem than anyone. And we have two of the best developer go-to-market leaders on earth who have done it before at MongoDB at Snyk.

What you’ll do

  • Educate the world on Authorization. This is a new topic for many engineers which grows with complexity as applications become more complex. The developer community needs your guidance on the best approaches to take and the challenges to anticipate. At Oso you’ll become that expert and engage with our users to help them navigate these challenging problems.

  • Help developers discover Oso. Get the word out on Oso, inspire users and help them adopt it with demos and sample apps, blog posts, tutorials, and videos, plus talks at meetups, conferences and on podcasts.

  • Engage with our users. Engage with users through various channels (e.g., Slack) to help them with their problems. Capture feedback and feed it back into our roadmap, and convey our roadmap and progress back to the user community to close the loop.

Your Success Measures

  • Acquire new users: Help developers learn about authorization and create compelling reasons to try Oso.

  • Grow our community engagement programs: Help us build deeper relationships with the developers using Oso, growing memberships in our community programs.


  • You have experience as a professional developer working in more than one programming language

  • You can create clear and creative technical writing, and you can demonstrate this by sharing long-form writing samples upon request

  • You have worked at a startup or in a similar environment

  • A plus for those who have built authorization systems before (and who have lived to tell the tale)

Who you are

  • You're an owner. You are accountable to results over the process. You prioritize the team's success over the success of any one project.

  • You ship, listen, ship, listen. You're happy to explore product ideas through design, hacks and guides before building something fully baked. You have no problem throwing away ideas and code if they don't pan out. You get satisfaction from getting concrete output into users' hands.

  • You're for the makers. You want to understand our end users' world and prioritize solving their authorization problems above everything else, including your own personal preferences and the elegance of the solution.

  • You give and take feedback. You seek out critical feedback. You have the courage to give critical feedback to others.‍

This role reports to the Head of Marketing at Oso (it’s okay, she’s cool!)


In addition to cash compensation, Oso offers a Total Rewards package that includes equity grants, health benefits, and more:

  • Competitive health, dental, and vision coverage

  • Mental healthcare to all employees and anyone in their family through Spring Health

  • Unlimited access to financial advisors through Northstar

  • Unlimited paid time off (PTO)

  • Paid parental leave

  • Flexible work options

  • One Medical Membership

  • Quarterly hackathons... and prizes!

  • Free team lunches every month

  • Keyboards and cold brew

The starting salary for this role is between $100,000-$400,000/year. Your exact offer will vary based on a number of factors including experience level, skillset, market location, and balancing internal equity relative to peers at the company

Oso is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or disability status.