Careers at FoondaMate

Careers at FoondaMate

Studying online. For anyone, from anywhere.

At FoondaMate we build products to get 350 million+ of students who are currently excluded from internet enabled learning.

We believe talent is equally distributed, but opportunities are not. Less than 7% of African households have a computer in them and the majority of students in the developing world are excluded from online learning.

FoondaMate users in Langa, Cape Town

📲 What we do?

We're on a mission to empower students in the developing world and level the playing field in Education. We are solving this problem by building a chatbots that bring the internet + online learning to students using the hardware and software they already have access to.

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This looks like WhatsApp and Facebook messenger chatbots. You can try out the existing product here: https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=27600703213&text=hello

🎒 Who uses FoondaMate?

Since our launch in 2020 FoondaMate has been used by 500k+ students in 30+ countries. Our focus has been on the South African market to date, but we are working on expanding into new countries all the time and helping students all over the world.

⭐ What’s the team like?

We think we’re pretty cool.

The current team is from 🇿🇦 🇮🇪 🇮🇩 🇳🇬 and we love working with people from all over the world.

We all care a lot about honesty, hard work and respect. And of course education.

We started FoondaMate because of our own experiences struggling to access education:

Members of the FoondaMate team in Cape Town, South Africa
Members of the FoondaMate team in Cape Town, South Africa

📰 In the press

We’re not the only ones who think we’re cool 🤞🏾

👩🏿‍💻 Who we’re hiring

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We're currently working on expanding our reach and launching into new markets.
  • This means there's a lot of work being done on code quality, Data Engineering + Machine Learning, product localisation, DevOps, making the product available via more chat applications and potentially making the product available via our own, chat first mobile application.
  • We’re looking for team members to join us in engineering.
  • Please see our open positions at the bottom of the page if you are interested.

🚀 We just closed our $2M Seed Round

  • We are looking for people who are comfortable with things changing quickly, working with ambiguity and testing everything.
  • We have just raised our seed round, and are in the high velocity (yet finding our feet) startup phase.
  • We are always looking to improve and learn from each other, and one of the most important features of our team is willingness to make mistakes and fix them.

Our Seed Round included some of the top investors in the world

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Our investors have invested in:

And have founded companies including:

What it's like working at FoondaMate

We are a remote-first team

Where in the world you work from doesn't matter to us as much as the value that you can add to our team, both as a person, and in your area of expertise. As long as you have good internet access you can work from anywhere!

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We have been remote since 2020. That may change in the future, but we'll always have a flexible work policy for remote work.

We are asynchronous first

Because we are remote and have team members across many timezones, we focus on asynchronous communication over meetings. We focus on good documentation and written communication, with meetings reserved primarily for social and “show and tell” purposes.

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We are big fans of tools like Notion, Tandem, and Slack for remote work, and are always open to suggestions from the team on new tools!

We are up for a challenge

In terms of how we work, our values are centred around excellence, doing our work well, helping each other out, trusting each other, and not running away from challenges and difficult situations.

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Working for a startup means that you can come across all kinds of unexpected challenges, and as a team we take responding to these challenges seriously. We really do believe that the easiest way to deal with these challenges is together, and encourage everyone to ask for help when needed.

Our users are our top priority

We care a great deal about the product we are building and how they impact our users' lives and prospects.

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FoondaMate can have a huge impact on the lives of our users, and we take this very seriously.

Open Positions

Software Engineer (Remote)
Software Engineer (Remote)