Skillz Inc. is hiring a

Lead Ruby on Rails Developer

San Francisco, United States

About Skillz:

Today, people spend more time playing video games than they do playing all physical sports, and eSports are poised to become bigger than the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL combined. Skillz provides the technology that powers an eSports industry forecast to exceed $9 billion in annual revenue by 2017.

As the eSports provider for over 1,600 game studios, Skillz enables any mobile game to be turned into a competitive eSport that can also be broadcast on major streaming sites like Twitch and YouTube. Skillz accounts for more than 20% of eSports prizes, and we’ve already hosted more than 70 million tournaments for players in over 180 countries.

We’ve raised over $28 million in funding from well-known venture capital firms as well as major sports team owners from the NFL, NBA and MLB. In our quest to make gaming better for players and developers, we’re looking for savvy, passionate and hardworking teammates to help us build the future of sports. If you’re excited about defining a multibillion dollar industry, building an awesome product, or working with bleeding edge technology, Skillz just might be for you!

Our Culture:

We are true believers in electronic sports, so don’t be surprised if you see us playing mobile games at our desks or in the kitchen. At Skillz, this type of behavior is encouraged! You can also catch us at our weekly game nights playing anything from Starcraft to Cranium over dinner, while discussing new technologies or brainstorming ideas to improve our business.

Not a “gamer”? Don’t worry about it. Every Skillzian brings a unique perspective to the team, and we bond over plenty of activities that don’t involve games. We’re working to build a truly groundbreaking company, and we want top-notch people to join us in that mission. As the creators and leaders of a new marketplace, we work with a “do whatever it takes” mentality, and frankly, we get the job done!

Our team is comprised of passionate, intelligent and creative individuals who consistently seek out new challenges and knowledge. We embrace out-of-the-box strategies to propel our business forward, and foster a culture where every person’s voice is heard. Our team comes from diverse backgrounds, and our leaders have a strong history of funding, building and selling successful enterprises. If you're up for the challenge, we’d love to meet you.


  • Be part of the team (write signficant amount of code – not own the code alone, but ensure collective code ownership)
  • Coach and challenge the team as well as team members in developing technical & personal skills
  • Conduct regular feedback reviews, assist in hiring and ensure onboarding of new employees
  • Facilitate standards and quality within the team, reduce technical debt
  • Work closely together with product owners and stakeholders to assure technical feasibility and identify risks at an early stage
  • Collaborate with management, design, development team members to refine requirements, deliverables, and milestones for web applications and services

Your Skillz:

  • 5+ years of software development experience, 2+ years as lead
  • 2+ years experience with full-stack web development including Ruby/Rails, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
  • Experience using  RESTful web services
  • Experience with SQL and NoSQL databases (MySQL and Hive/Hadoop preferred)
  • Experience contributing to consumer facing software, video games, software development kits or online services
  • Preferred that you have previously shipped mobile software
  • Preferred that you have worked with AWS