SilkStart Technology Inc.

December 09, 2014

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Job Category: 
Job Specialization: 
Software Development
Company Overview: 

About SilkStart: SilkStart ( is a small, rapidly growing start-up based in Victoria, BC providing an all-in-one SaaS platform to help member-based associations manage their online presence, members, events and communications. Our goal is to disrupt the association services market by bringing modern, responsive design to an industry that has not yet embraced mobile.  SilkStart offers a flexible work environment, provides competitive salaries and employee equity (stock options), meaning you’re a part owner. 

Job Summary: 

The Role: In this start-up role you will have a broad set of responsibilities and directly contribute to the overall success of the company. You will contribute to system architecture, research and analysis, product design, and coding.

What we’re looking for? Are you an experienced and talented Developer? Are you a smart, self-directed, results-oriented individual who thrives in a customer focused start-up environment? Can you operate effectively with incomplete information, and/or ambiguity? Do you want to work somewhere that appreciates your hard work, values your contribution, and lets you do meaningful work? If so, SilkStart has the career you’re seeking.   

What you’ll be doing:

  • Contribute to the design and development of new features and improving the functionality of our platform.
  • Researching new technologies and methods and suggesting new ways to improve the company’s products and processes.
  • Extending the automated test suite to cover new features.
  • Quickly fixing bugs and solving problems as they come up by diving deeply and doing root cause analysis.
  • Proactively identifying gaps and continuously working to improve the overall customer experience.
  • Contributing to the development of an improved UI/UX.

Must Have's:

Smart. You don’t need a CS degree but you need to be smart. We’re going to expect you to quickly learn a lot of new stuff. We’re also going to give you autonomy on several important areas of our business and expect great work.
Good Attitude. You are willing to roll up your sleeves and do what needs to be done. This is not a ‘that’s not my job’ or ‘I don’t know how to do that’ environment. We’re a small, entrepreneurial team that all pitches in to get the job done.
Great Communicator. You’re comfortable communicating with both the business and tech team and our customers.
Self-Directed. You’re Independently driven, being resourceful to deliver results with minimal direction.
Customer Obsessed. You always think about the customer and how development impacts them.

Relevant Technical Skills:

  • Ability to write clean maintainable code.
  • Experience working with and building web services.
  • Proficiency in a variety of server side technologies and programming languages (we use Python, Pylons, Celery, Stripe, NGINX, & Sendgrid just to name a few), including working database knowledge (we use Mongo DB).
  • Proficiency with automated testing tools (we use selenium).
  • Working knowledge of Front End Web Development, including HMTL, CSS (SASS or LESS), JavaScript (including frameworks like backbone or Jquery) and building rich one-page JavaScript apps.
  • Experience with templating languages (we use python MAKO templates & underscore js templates).

Bonus Skills:

  • Solid understanding of agile practices and methodologies such as Test Driven Development and Scrum.
  • Experience with CMS Design.
  • Experience with server automation and Chef. 
How To Apply: 

Does this sound like you? If yes, please send a resume and cover letter to Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. Thanks for your interest in SilkStart!