Backend Engineer


Starting October 2017, our single focus has been to give institutional investors peace of mind when it comes to the safety of their digital assets. Through a unique combination of security engineering, financial services expertise, and user-centered experience design we are determined to create the world's most sophisticated crypto-native custodian.
Business Opportunity:
By creating a secure, SEC-qualified custodian, we will remove one of the final roadblocks stopping institutions from investing in the cryptocurrency asset class. We've heard this feedback consistently from family offices looking to diversify their portfolios, VC funds looking to invest in token sales, hedge funds interested in the volatility of these assets, sovereign wealth funds interested in taking large positions in the space, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, determined to regulate accordingly, protect investors, and maintain market soundness.
Our business is asset-agnostic and is built on the following 3 assumptions:
1. Blockchain and cryptoassets are here to stay.
2. Safe and secure custody of the underlying private keys will only increase in importance.
3. Institutional investment will bring additional legitimacy and trust to the cryptocurrency asset class and ultimately create a virtuous cycle of growth and stability for our business.

Role Description:

    • Build secure, resilient, and global infrastructure from the ground up!
    • Review code across the entire stack and engineering organization while actively participating in product development.
    • Find the right balance between progress (i.e. shipping quickly) and perfection (i.e. measuring twice).
    • Foster an efficient deterministic testing culture, with an emphasis on minimizing tech debt and bureaucracy.
    • Influence architecture/product roadmap - have a seat at the table.
    • Collaborate cross-functionally with everyone.
    • Help scale the team.
    • Work on the front lines of the blockchain/crypto movement and SecOps innovation.
    • Ship code that will impact the global economy.


    • Backend Tech: Go, C, Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform, Vault, GCP, AWS, and GraphQL.
    • Frontend Tech: JavaScript, ReactJS, Flow, D3, CSS Modules, Webpack, Jest, and Cypress.
    • Mobile Tech: Swift, RxSwift, CocoaPods, and Secure Enclave.
    • Engineering Methodologies: Reverse uptime, cryptographically linked data models, tamper resistant ledgers, air gapped infrastructure, secure execution environments, container orchestration, repeatable builds, and infra-as-code.


    • You have real world experience building complex distributed systems.
    • You enjoy building services from scratch and supporting them over a meaningful period of time.
    • You genuinely care about code quality and test infrastructure.
    • You prioritize end-user experience and business value over “cool tech.”
    • You have developed “computer science fundamentals”, i.e. concurrency, algorithms, and data structures (Formal CS degree NOT required).
    • You self-describe as some combination of the following: creative, humble, ambitious, detail-oriented, hardworking, trustworthy, eager to learn, methodical, action-oriented, and tenacious.

Bonus Points:

    • You feel comfortable diving down the stack and into open source projects to root cause a bug.
    • In your mind the word “crypto” stands for cryptography, not cryptocurrency.
    • You read blockchain protocol white papers for fun, and stay up to date with the proliferation of cryptoasset innovations.
    • You have a background in the finance industry.
    • You've seen and were emotionally moved by the musical Hamilton (the founder of our nation's financial system :).
Founded by Nathan McCauley & Diogo Monica, the Anchorage team is backed by Chris Dixon at Andreessen Horowitz, Keith Rabois at Khosla Ventures, and a strategic group of angel investors across Silicon Valley and Wall Street.
Start a Conversation:
If you would like to experience the front lines of a global paradigm shift, and you believe (like we do) that safe custody of private keys will become a corner stone of our economy - we should talk!
Anchorage is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status. Anchor considers qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with other legal requirements.
Anchorage is a marketing name for various affiliated entities of Anchor Labs, Inc. (“Anchor Labs”) including Anchorage Hold, LLC and Anchorage Global, LLC, an SEC-registered broker-dealer. Anchor Labs is a technology company headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
Job Type
Full-Time Regular

San Francisco CA

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