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Data Engineer

New York, NY
Denver, CO

Pico is making the internet a more vibrant place by empowering creators to run sustainable digital businesses. Our platform gives creators no- and low-code solutions they need to grow, manage, and sell directly to their audiences. We’re pushing into an exciting new chapter of growth and looking for a Data Engineer to join our fast-growing, mission-driven team in NYC, Denver, or Remotely. You should be comfortable with wearing multiple hats, willing to get your hands dirty to solve intricate and important problems, and excited to work closely and collaboratively with members of our product, business, and executive teams.

We believe coming up with the best solutions requires not only intelligence and empathy, but also the patience to explore, experiment, and even get things wrong every now and then. We also believe product experiences are better when they're designed and engineered by a team of people with diverse backgrounds. We encourage applications from people of all stripes, regardless of your gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, pregnancy status, veteran status, or whether or not you have a disability.

You are:

  • An experienced Python and SQL engineer, with a minimum of 4 (but ideally more than 7) years of proven data engineering success
  • Fascinated by complex data products with deep interactions and delightful outcomes
  • Confident with CICD workflow management products like Github Actions, CircleCI, Travis, Jenkins, etc.
  • A fearless AWS, Azure, and/or GCP engineer, and have used IaC solutions like Terraform
  • Proficient in R, SAS, MatLab, Hive, Hadoop, MapReduce, Scikit-learn, or other comparable tools
  • An expert in a related discipline like mathematics, predictive finance, stochastics, formal logic, algorithms, advanced chess, cybernetics, etc.

You have:

  • Flourished in a dynamic startup environment
  • Been at the heart of growth, delivery, and success cycles
  • Worn a lot of technical hats with fearless joy
  • Envisioned, architected, and built complex data processing tools from inception to delivery

You will:

  • Maintain, expand, and improve our business intelligence products as Pico moves to accrual accounting
  • Instrument, lambda, sense, and collect logs, streams, external data, and transactional data
  • Create specialized sensors and pipelines to process structured and unstructured data through ETLs, 
  • Explore, transform, conform, and clean the pipes into coherent reports, histograms, and secondary streams
  • Aggregate/label analytics, metrics, segments, aggregates, features, and training data
  • Transform our BI product from a flat financials / behavioral data lake into a heuristics delivery service to our other products
  • Ultimately enrich Pico’s products with machine driven learning!

Why you should join us:

It's a rare opportunity to work on something you love, to have the power to improve the world around you, and to get rewarded for doing it. If protecting the press and elevating the standards of public discourse sound like interesting challenges to you, and if you’re in search of a startup that has de-risked upside and strong validation among the investor community, then working at Pico is that rare opportunity.

As an early employee, you have the chance to not just build an amazing platform, but to also help cultivate a company culture that reflects the type of community of which you want to be a part. Trust, mutual respect, and passion already run deep in our young company's DNA. Jason and Nick became friends in elementary school and started Pico several years after graduating from Stanford together. You'll fit right in if, like us, you're curious about the world, anxious to fix what's broken around you, and thoughtful about how you do it.

There's a lot of exciting work to be done to fulfill the vision and potential of Pico. Join our journey, and let's get there together.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

To apply for this role, please email your resume to [email protected].

Want to apply?

Please email your resume to [email protected] along with your answer (preferably in a Google Doc) to the following prompt:

In the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kimmy grows up and spends her young adulthood in a bunker underground where she is held prisoner. After being rescued from the bunker, she’s invited to a talk show in New York City. She’s given a plane ticket in the mail and told that a car will take her to the airport nearby in Indianapolis, but she has no idea what to do once she arrives at the airport. Explain to her in clear and concise instructions how to get on her flight to New York and how to get to the TV studio once she lands in New York. (There will be a limo driver waiting for her outside JFK. The driver will be holding a sign with her name on it.)

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Our Interview Process

We look forward to learning as much as we can about your skills and interests, but we also aim to be respectful of your time. Below are the 3 steps to joining the Pico team:

Apply for the role.

Email your resume (and portfolio, if applicable) to [email protected]ico.com.


If we believe there is a potential fit, we will schedule an initial interview with you, after which you may be asked to complete a take-home assignment.


The top candidates for this role will then be invited to interview with other key members of the team. From the homework assignment to the job offer, you can expect the process to take 3-4 weeks.