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Hello there 👋
Thanks for your interest in Inex One!
I'm Filip, one of the founders and tech leads of Inex One. I’ll be reviewing your application if you choose to apply 🙂 . Let's get it straight out of the way: you would be Engineer #7 in a team that also has two designers and one PM. In total, Inex One is made up of 17 colleagues, from Singapore to New York. Below you'll find detailed sections on what we think you should know about us before deciding to join us. This is pretty texty, so feel free to hop down to the sections that interest you most!
The story of Inex One
When my co-founders Max, Mehdi, Josefine and I started Inex One in Stockholm early 2018 we set out to improve global knowledge sharing. Knowledge (in the form of research reports, access to experts, data etc.) is still hard to come by: it’s expensive, siloed and hard to find. If you have ever wondered why management consultants exist this is one of the reasons - they have access to data that no one else has.
The expert network industry is one of those industries that almost no one has heard of, but still has an enormous impact. In short it’s all about helping organizations get in contact with experts to provide insights and information. It is also an industry with huge margins, lots of inefficiencies and a pricing model (huge up-front contracts) that keeps smaller organizations out. This is where we decided to start.
On the surface this might seem like a pretty dull industry. I strongly disagree, but never mind that, dull is a good place to be as a startup. The anonymous, dull and high margin parts of the B2B world is where a startup can succeed without giving away the entire company to VCs and without waiting 10 years for profitability.
During the past three years we've helped organizations small and large come in contact with thousands of experts. We have a small and effective team that believes in working smarter, not harder. It's amazing what a small team of focused and capable individuals can accomplish through effective teamwork. We don't have many meetings, and most of our work happens asynchronously on GitHub and Slack. Everyone is included and can see every discussion or decision they want to contribute to.
Right now I think Inex is really at a sweet spot. Small enough that every team member can have a significant impact. Large enough that we can offer a stable working environment, competitive salaries, solid project management and well defined tasks. Close to profitability, growing steadily with strong investor backing. We are now focused on growing into a stable and profitable company without additional external investment.
Our product connects organizations doing research with expert networks that are specialized in finding experts in different fields and geographies. We support over 20 expert networks and hundreds of clients, doing dozens of expert calls every day. Our clients come in all shapes and sizes such as consultancies, corporates, PE funds and non-profits. We are proud to have clients on all continents except Antarctica (not yet!).
There is a lot of work of the typical CRUD + notifications type on the platform. But we also have elements of recommendation algorithms, NLP (transcripts, summaries, sentiment analysis), browser plugins, search and our own conferencing system (built on top of Twilio).
We try to be pragmatic about product management and we've learned a lot. In the beginning we thought we knew more than we did and spent a lot of time on the wrong things. Nowadays we take UX, planning and user interviews very seriously. For any larger tasks we create working groups consisting of UX, tech and business that shape a feature together before detailed designs and coding begin. We don’t adhere to any specific methodology, most seem geared towards larger companies, but have taken inspiration from agile and shape-up.
Upcoming technical work
Requirements - Skills
Requirements - Personality
The code base
Our philosophy has always been to keep things simple and readable. The business we are in will never lead to huge traffic volumes so it’s better to focus on developer productivity, simplicity and security rather than optimizations, advanced infrastructure and micro services.
The entire codebase is written in typescript with React+Node+Postgres. This was a very conscious choice because it allows code sharing and lets developers move seamlessly between the front and back end. This is great because it allows for more varied tasks and a deeper understanding of the system as a whole.
Here are some points about how we do things currently
Remote work at Inex
Inex is remote first, we are currently 6 developers living in 6 different countries. That means our processes are built for remote work from the get go. Code reviews, pair programming and joint planning sessions are built into the process. As are (very short) daily stand-ups, retrospectives and times when we can share what we have built and learned.
Still there is something that happens when you meet face to face, have a nice dinner and a beer or two. We make sure to have regular retreats together and visit each other. In November the entire team came to Paris to visit Mehdi. In the beginning of 2022 the whole company will come and visit me in Stockholm.
The role is remote but we are currently open to candidates within 2 hours of our timezone (CET) in order to reduce issues with meeting times and synchronous collaboration.
Some of the people at Inex
Below is a selection of people at the company. I mention these five because I think they show that we know what we are doing. We have started companies before, we have been customers of and worked at expert networks.
Max Friberg: Our CEO, previously a huge consumer of expert calls at McKinsey as well as a founder of an expert network. The guy behind our SEO (try googling “expert network”). https://www.linkedin.com/in/maxfriberg
Josefine Vinberg: Our COO, with a background in tech product management and running a large tech team at Widespace. Sharp business thinker, and a champion of “doing one thing really really well”. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jvinberg/
Filip Gruvstad: Co-CTO, did a brief stint at McKinsey and also did some expert calls. Before Inex he’s been CTO & co-founder at 2 other marketplace startups (Yepstr is still alive and kicking). A fan of good food, techno and structured code! https://www.linkedin.com/in/filipgruvstad
Mehdi Rejraji: Co-CTO, absolutely brilliant developer and previous co-founder and CTO at Airnum. A champion of remote-first work, and of our expert network partners. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mehdirejraji
Ana Price: Head of Product. Recently joined Inex to lead product management, after 8 years at the world’s largest expert network GLG. Ana is planning a number of exciting additions to the platform. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ana-price-16513978/
Here are some of the perks of the job
In the interest of transparency please consider these reasons not to join us: