Principal Engineer / Tech Lead

To apply, email us at Please include your GitHub username or a code sample along with your resume or LinkedIn profile.


At Pepperlane, we’re building a platform to help moms launch and grow successful service businesses.

We provide a supportive community, online and in-person events, and step-by-step training to help moms build independent businesses that fit their lives, and help them get their businesses online via our member marketplace.

Our vision is to offer a complete platform to run a successful micro-business: step-by-step guides to getting started in high-demand industries, simple, automatic lead management, and tools that provide personalized recommendations about where and how members can market their businesses to their network, Pepperlane’s audience and beyond.


We’re a small team of tech industry veterans from high-growth companies with high valuations and/or successful exits to IPO or acquisition. Most of us are also parents, and all of us have lives and interests outside of work. (Read more about our team and how we got started.)

We’re working hard to create a path to success for entrepreneurial moms because we believe in both the enormity of the mission and the untapped business opportunity.

About the role

We’re looking for an experienced back-end developer to extend our existing Rails app to make our vision a reality. This is a rare opportunity to join a well-funded early stage startup as a lead developer and grow with the company.

Ruby on Rails
Elastic Search
Vue.js / React.js


  • Design and implement capabilities in the platform to deliver our product roadmap

  • Implement or extend industry best practices such as continuous integration, unit testing, code reviews (via pull requests), improving code security, etc.

  • Evolve and extend our platform API to support both web and mobile clients

  • Ensure that product usage is tracked and features can be A/B tested so that we can learn quickly and iterate

  • Help evaluate new technologies, such as GraphQL, to help shape our future technology direction

  • Support all aspects of the Pepperlane Information Security Policy and associated procedures

  • Lead and mentor junior developers


  • At least 10 years professional software development experience

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, or equivalent experience

  • Deep understanding of web application architecture, single-page applications, and software development best practices

  • Demonstrated mastery in at least one programming language

  • Communicate ideas clearly, and write intelligently

  • Willing to work onsite at our Cambridge, MA office as needed - likely 3 days per week (Only local candidates will be considered for this position)


  • Competitive salary + equity

  • Health insurance

  • Flexible vacation & sick time

  • Family-friendly schedule flexibility

  • Somerville, MA office conveniently located right in Davis Square (Red Line)


Customer needs come first
We find creative solutions and sweat the details to create a great experience for our customers.

We’re scrappy, not sloppy
We might build lightweight prototypes to validate ideas quickly, but we build lasting solutions once we’ve validated that we’re heading in the right direction.

We don’t reinvent the wheel
We focus on building the features that will differentiate us and integrate with point solutions for the rest.

We move fast, but we don’t break stuff.
That’s why we use GitHub, Travis and Heroku to create a lightweight build-test-release process that allows us to deploy with ease to our staging environment and with confidence to production.

How to apply

We're excited to meet you and see examples of your work! Please email us at to let us know why you'd be a great fit for this role, and include a code sample along with your resume or LinkedIn profile.