Expa is hiring a

Product Designer

San Francisco, United States

We Are

  • Small. We’re a well funded early stage (~7 person) startup tackling the giant residential real estate market. We’re supported by Expa.
  • Ambitious. The home buying and selling process is ripe for change. It’s confusing, frustrating, opaque, and complicated.
  • Thoughtful. We’re moving fast, but we’re investing our time wisely; we’re making big bets, but taking deliberate steps. 
  • Grounded. We’re building a business, which means making sure we deliver value for our customers fast. Monetization is not an afterthought, and we don’t depend on network effects for our product to work.

You Are

  • Hungry. Yes, you’re interested in solving human problems, building beautiful experiences, crafting a memorable brand. But above all you want to shape and participate in something early with huge potential.
  • A Learner. You’ll bring your talent and experience to the table, but also your openness to learning and validating ideas. You know first ideas are often wrong, and that there’s nothing like user feedback to help you get on the right path.
  • Flexible. Your interests aren’t restricted to the product or the marketing side. You’re excited to help a company get off the ground and on a growth path, and are interested in supporting both product development and marketing/sales.
  • Driven. We’re an early stage startup. We’re starting to get some traction, but most of the work is ahead of us. Since we don’t believe in micromanaging, you’ll be trusted to be communicative and proactive in engaging with everyone on the team.

The Role

  • Design the Product. You’ll be developing new flows, screens and features, while solving problems for numerous types of users. You’ll be expected to work in increasing levels of fidelity, validating your assumptions as early as possible, and reshaping things as you learn, in close collaboration with Product, and with inclusive feedback from Engineering and Customer Acquisition.
  • Creative Direction. You'll be defining the creative direction of the marketing and product. What we’re doing is seriously innovative, and requires a very fine-tuned message – both verbal and visual. A significant chunk of the work involves collaborating with Customer Acquisition to flesh out digital and physical collateral to get our message across and convert early adopters across multiple channels.
  • Design the Brand. We have a solid foundation, but our company’s brand is yet to be fully articulated. You’ll be expected to develop it further, making it as true to our values as possible, and to evolve it along with our product.


We know there isn’t a specific background which leads to one becoming a great designer; or that it takes a specific length of time; or that it requires the use of specific tools. But we can anticipate our best candidate having the following:

  • Either formal design education and two years of design experience or at least four years design experience.
  • Complete fluency in digital design tools (most likely Sketch, Illustrator, Photoshop and/or Balsamiq), in order to move fast.
  • Experience working with engineers to ship digital products (web sites or, applications, mobile or desktop apps, etc) in some capacity.
  • Understanding of basic principles and limitations of designing for the web (typography, layout, animation, performance).


None of the following are required for this position:

  • Identification with a particular gender, race, or national origin
  • Having worked with anyone on the team before
  • A particular age
  • Sharing the same hobbies or beliefs as the other members of the team
  • A certain level of activity on a Dribbble account
  • A certain number of followers on Twitter


This role can be contract or full-time. We are excited to offer a comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance package with the full-time role. We offer pre-tax flexible spending accounts for both health and transportation and a 401(k) plan. We also have a beautiful office with great SF Bay views.