Piazza is an online Q&A platform that hundreds of thousands of students at all the top universities are using. Professors and students at MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Berkeley and Harvard were the first to adopt it when we launched in 2011.
We're backed by top tier venture firms like Sequoia Capital and Bessemer, we offer flexible work schedules, awesome stuff to work on, competitive salaries, great benefits, and we're based in sunny downtown Palo Alto, CA.
Piazza users spend an average of 2-3 hours a night on the site. Piazza is truly changing the way students learn.
Sure, every kid had Legos. But most kids would stop building in order to eat. You were so focused that sometimes adults wondered whether there might be something wrong with you. But there was never anything wrong that a little bit of time alone reassembling something wouldn't cure. Maybe you made your way through model airplanes and electronics kits. We're pretty sure you built a robot.
At school you were probably an amazing student -- when you remembered to do your schoolwork. Sometimes teachers would tell your parents that if you applied yourself, there's nothing you couldn't do. By high school you'd probably figured out that you didn't need to work very hard to get A's, and that left you time to do what you wanted to do.
Was it then that you discovered code?
Whenever it was, your encounter with code changed you. You've always loved building things, but when you coded you felt like you could build a universe. Not that you're an egotist. But in code you found a mode of expression that was less constrained than any craft you'd ever known. And as you did it more, you developed not just technical skill, but an aesthetic sense. When people started talking about "code smells," you knew exactly what they meant.
Now you're looking for your next adventure. Maybe you've come to realize that perfect code is impossible, but beautiful code that serves its users well creates a feeling of supreme delight in you. And you've probably decided that having others coding with you increases the pleasure you take in it. Not hundreds of people, or even dozens. But a few great ones.
You've never quite understood that stereotype of the tortured artist. For you, art has always been an outlet, a pleasure, a way you could share something of yourself with the world. And you've always enjoyed sharing because you like the effect your creativity has on others.
You've done a lot of different kinds of art in your life. Maybe it's sewing, or illustration, or music. Maybe you have a thing for cake decoration or woodcarving or chalking sidewalks.
In your heart, you know that there's kind of a show-off quality to designing things. Not that your creations are flashy, but ever since you were a little kid you've loved the feeling of having someone smile and say, "Wow! How did you do that?"
Maybe you don't quite remember when you decided that designing user experiences for computers would be interesting. You probably saw something on a screen that was just wrong and determined you could do better. Or maybe you used something that was just so right that you began to understand how much influence you could have on people's everyday lives.
Now you see the world differently from the way most people do. You see the harmonies that create beauty. You see how simple forms delight people. When you see something that looks wrong, you fix it in your mind, just because.
You're picky about the things you work on these days. There's a lot of flashy stuff, but not a lot of stuff that really makes people's lives better. And that matters to you, because you learned long ago that the ability to create something that helps someone is your deepest inspiration.
When you were in college, you had a hard time choosing a major because everything was so interesting. And, let's not beat around the bush here – you were good at everything, too. Better at Biology than the pre-meds, coding with the best of the CS students, writing well enough to be on the school newspaper, and every bit the debater that your pre-law friends were.
Maybe you made up your own major because nothing on offer was broad enough to contain your rampaging intellectual curiosity. Or maybe you majored in something weird where people said, "What are you going to do with that?" and you answered, "I'm going to live with it."
Maybe you’ve done a few different things in your career. You’ve excelled, but the biggest difference between when you were happy and when you weren’t was your level of passion. And you can’t get passionate about narrow jobs.
Now you're looking for the next big thing. You want to use your left brain and your right brain -- your technical aptitude and your creative side. A great day for you is when you make some code work in the morning, and then lead a book club discussion in the afternoon.
And you want to share. Because one thing you've discovered in your life is that you like to be out there, in front of people, talking about things that matter to you. You're not just a talker, though. You can tell when people have substance behind them and when they don't, and you're not the wheeler-dealer type. Whatever you do next, you're going to be sincere, knowledgeable, and passionate.
Because that's how you've always been.
We're looking for successful people who are looking not only to succeed, but to do something important. We're looking for talented people who believe that education can be more meaningful, more collaborative, and more democratic. In a word: better. We're looking for people who get really excited by products that fit their function beautifully, spread by word of mouth because they're sweet, and engage their users for hours at a time. We're looking for people who love to challenge themselves: to move faster; to code cleaner; to take leadership roles; to make big decisions. We're looking for people with interests. We spend a lot of time together, and we like to have fun. And engage. We are singers, and artists, and historians. We all love learning. We're looking for people who love our product. We're fortunate that thousands of talented people use Piazza every day and want to improve it. It would be great if you felt that way.
Here's what we're not looking for.
We're not looking for big egos, because education and collaboration both demand a measure of humility. We're not looking for people seeking a quick exit, because we believe that doing something truly meaningful takes time. We're not looking for people who want everything figured out for them, because we don't know everything and we believe that the journey is the reward.
If you're still reading at this point, you're probably interested. Here's some more to think about.
We're less interested in what you studied and more interested in what you’ve achieved. Of course, if you're an engineer you need to understand programming deeply, but the best proof of that is working code. If you didn't study computer science but you built something brilliant, show us! We like risk-takers. You'll get equity in Piazza. It's an early-stage business, and you'll have a big opportunity to shape it. We offer the standard benefits, plus a fun Palo Alto location and amazing catered food. We go out together. We think the fun quotient here is pretty high.
Still interested? Apply now! Don't think of these roles as hard and fast. As you can probably guess, we're still flexible enough that there are no job classifications here, and we like people who are happy about that.