Principal Software Engineer, Nextdoor

Data Platform


Plus equity

Senior and Expert level
San Francisco Bay Area

Private social network for neighbours

Open for applications


Private social network for neighbours

501-1000 employees


Open for applications


Plus equity

Senior and Expert level
San Francisco Bay Area

501-1000 employees


Company mission

Nextdoor’s mission is to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighbourhood they can rely on.


Who you are

  • 7-10 years demonstrated experience working on data infrastructure at petabyte scale
  • Deep understanding of data infrastructure, governance, compliance and how enterprises use data
  • Knowledge of SQL, Spark/pySpark and other data processing tools
  • Computer science fundamentals such as data structures, algorithms, performance complexity, and optimization
  • Software engineering fundamentals: version control systems (i.e Git, Github) and workflows, and ability to write production-ready code
  • Knowledgeable with data science and machine learning tools and frameworks
  • Familiarity with experimentation methodologies, such as A/B testing, multivariate testing, and statistical analysis
  • Experience deploying scalable software
  • Experience with cloud technologies (AWS preferred)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to conduct meetings and make professional presentations, and to explain complex concepts and technical material to non-technical users

What the job involves

  • If you enjoy delighting coworkers with easy-to-use, fast, cost-efficient data infrastructure at massive scale, the Data Platform team at Nextdoor just might be the place for you
  • You will be pushing the boundaries of data freshness and query performance while simultaneously supporting thousands of tables at petabyte scale
  • You’ll envision, architect, build, and own a highly scalable data platform that will help power the development of Nextdoor for the foreseeable future
  • You’ll actively participate in all phases of the software development lifecycle: analysis, technical design, planning, development, testing/CICD, release, and post production/escalation support
  • You’ll build partnerships with key stakeholders, evangelize the use of the platform, and develop a roadmap for future development
  • Participate in in-person Nextdoor events, trainings, off-sites, volunteer days, and other team building exercises
  • Build in-person relationships with team members and contribute to the KIND culture that Nextdoor values

Otta's take

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Xav Kearney

CTO of Otta

Nextdoor is a private social network that aims to encourage social interaction between neighbours and make people aware of crime in their area.

The social network has had huge success in the United States and has expanded internationally, with Nextdoor now present in more than 242,000 neighbourhoods around the world.

The company's main competition comes from local Facebook groups, which have become less and less popular due to their comparative lack of functionality. Nextdoor's laser focus on building for neighborhoods has helped them to build a better product, and their advertising partnership with Oracle, launched in 2022, will help bring more transparency to Nextdoor's sponsorships.


Top investors

Some candidates hear
back within 2 weeks

8% employee growth in 12 months


Funding (2 rounds)

May 2019


Dec 2017


Total funding: $205.8m

Company benefits

  • Monthly wellness stipend
  • 12 weeks of parental, family or medical leave
  • Global end of year shutdown
  • Learning and development stipend
  • Work from home opportunities
  • Health insurance

Company values

  • Earn trust every day
  • Invest in community
  • Customer obsessed
  • Think big
  • Experiment and learn quickly
  • Act like an owner

Company HQ

SoMa, San Francisco, CA


Prakash Janakiraman

(Advisor & Co-founder)

Graduated from the University of California, Berkeley before working in engineering roles at Google and as the co-founder of

David Weisen

(Engineer & Co-founder)

Worked as a software engineer at Google, and Open Harbour after graduating from Stanford with a degree in Computer Science

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