Expa is hiring a

JavaScript Developer

Vancouver, Canada

Expa is a startup studio led by the founders of Uber, StumbleUpon, Foursquare, AddThis, and Metrolyrics. After 10 years designing and building consumer services, the Expa team has identified many techniques that help create successful companies. With $150 million funding to date, the team founds new companies based on internal ideas, and occasionally collaborates with founders of early-stage companies whose missions Expa believes in. We help companies avoid common pitfalls in early-stage ventures, and actively remove roadblocks along the way, specializing in product strategy, system design, and user experience.

Expa has a strong presence in San Francisco and New York City, and has recently expanded operations to Vancouver, Canada. We are actively looking to hire the best talent to be a part of our growing team.

Job Summary

We are looking for a JavaScript Developer who is motivated to combine the art of design with the art of programming. Responsibilities will include implementing visual elements and their behaviors with user interactions. You will work with both front­end and back­end web developers to build all client ­side logic. You will also be bridging the gap between the visual elements and the server ­side infrastructure, taking an active role on both sides, and defining how the application looks and functions.


  • ­Develop new user-­facing features
  • Build reusable code and libraries for future use
  • Ensure the technical feasibility of UI/UX designs
  • Optimize applications for maximum speed and scalability
  • Assure that all user input is validated before submitting to back­end services
  • Collaborate with other team members and stakeholders


  • ­Strong understanding of JavaScript, its quirks, and workarounds
  • Strong understanding of web markup, including HTML5 and CSS3
  • Good understanding of asynchronous request handling, partial page updates, and AJAX
  • Proficient understanding of cross­ browser compatibility issues and ways to work around such issues
  • Familiarity with front­end build tools, such as Grunt and/or Gulp.js
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as git
  • Good understanding of browser rendering behavior and performance
  • At least 5 years experience in developing web applications
  • Experience with JavaScript Frameworks: Backbone.js, Angular, Ember, React, etc
  • Expertise in front­end routing, client­ side templating, and consuming JSON ­based RESTful APIs
  • Passion about producing elegant, maintainable code
  • Computer science degree or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of Node.js and frameworks available for it

What’s in it for you

  • A competitive base salary
  • Stock options
  • Full medical and dental benefits
  • A very flexible vacation policy
  • Custom workstation designed to your needs
  • A beautiful office in downtown Vancouver and a talented team