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Bicyclist Killed in South Gate Hit-and-Run ID’d as 67-Year-Old Homeless Man

A bicyclist fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver in South Gate over the weekend was identified Monday as a 67-year-old homeless man. The victim, identified by the county coroner as Manuel Coronel, was riding his bike around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when the driver of a large black Ford SUV or pickup truck hit him on a crosswalk at the 710 Freeway on-ramp on Imperial Highway, according to investigators. The motorist fled after the crash, California Highway Patrol said. The Los […]

Man Shot After Confrontation in Costa Mesa Bar

A 23-year-old man was hurt in a shooting after a confrontation at a bar in Costa Mesa over the weekend, the Costa Mesa Police Department said. The incident started at a bar in the 800 block of West 19th Street Saturday at about 11:30 p.m. and later moved to a parking lot across the street, authorities said. An unidentified person brandishing a handgun then shot the young Costa Mesa man, and fired several rounds that struck vehicles and nearby businesses, […]

Swimwear Trends for Men From Macy’s With Lawrence Zarian

L.A. Metro Unveils Tunnel ‘Boring’ Machines Named After Harriet Tubman, RBG

Metro officials unveiled two new Tunnel Boring Machines for the Purple Line extension project in Century City. The agency also revealed the winning entry in a contest to name the new machines: Harriet and Ruth. Megan Telles reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on June 17, 2019.

Your Summer Sleep Guide With Sleep Doctor Dr. Michael Breus

The Sleep Doctor Dr. Michael Breus joined us live with your summer sleep survival guide. For more info on Dr. Michael Breus, you can go to his website.

CVS Investing $10 Million in Effort to Fight E-Cigarette Use Among Teens

E-cigarette use among teens is up. CVS is about to invest $10 million to try to reverse the trend. CVS Health, which merged with health insurer Aetna last year in the largest health care deal in history, said it will award the funds to support programs focused on youth smoking and e-cigarette prevention. “The spread of e-cigarette use among youth jeopardizes the progress made in reducing smoking over the last two decades,” Troyen Brennan, CVS Health’s chief medical officer, said in a statement. “By […]

Trial for Navy SEAL Accused of Killing Islamic State Prisoner to Begin Monday

The trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care is set to begin Monday following months of turmoil in one of the Navy’s most prominent war crimes cases. The court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, which begins with jury selection, has included the removal of the lead prosecutor for tracking the defense team’s emails and suggestions by President Donald Trump that he may pardon the defendant. Gallagher has pleaded not guilty […]

3rd Child Dies After Alleged Drunken Driver Crashed Into Family’s Modesto Home: CHP

Authorities in central California say a 10-year-old girl who lost her mother and two younger sisters when an alleged drunk driver crashed into their home has died. KOVR-TV reports the California Highway Patrol in Modesto confirmed the girl died Saturday in a hospital. Police say the girl’s was critically injured June 9 after 46-year-old Felix Ferdin allegedly crashed his SUV against their small home just outside Modesto. The girl’s mother, 38-year-old Mari Luz Jacinto-Hernandez, and two of her daughters, ages 5 […]

Corona Costco Shooting: LAPD Officer Placed on Admin Duty as Investigation of Deadly Incident Continues

The Los Angeles police officer who fatally shot a man inside a Costco store in Corona while off-duty has been placed on administrative duty as the department investigates the incident, LAPD said Monday. Chief Michel Moore would have to sign off on his return, Detective Meghan Aguilar told KTLA. Authorities are poring through video to figure out how the confrontation between the officer and a man described by family as mentally disabled ended in a shooting that killed the man […]

At Least 2 People Bitten by Sharks in Last 2 Weeks Off North Carolina Coast

Two people have been bitten by sharks off the coast of North Carolina in the past 14 days, and a third person was bitten by an unknown animal during that time period, officials said. On Sunday, an 8-year-old boy was bitten by an animal “believed to be a shark,” according to Village Manager of Bald Head Island Chris McCall. McCall says the child suffered non-life threatening injuries in the incident off Bald Head Island’s South Beach. The boy had puncture […]

YouTube Rapper Charged With Pimping and Pandering O.C. Woman; Other Victims Sought; DA

Charges have been filed in Orange County against a YouTube rapper believed to have used his social media following to lure young women into a human trafficking circuit, and investigators said Monday they are seeking possible additional victims. Angel Ortiz Diamond, 31, of Los Angeles, has been charged with one felony count each of pimping and pandering, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Authorities arrested Diamond last […]

Poway Synagogue Shooter Inspired by Hitler, New Zealand Gunman: Search Warrant

The sole gunman in a Southern California synagogue shooting in which a woman was killed told an investigator he adopted his hatred of Judaism 18 months before the fatal attack, according to a federal search warrant. John T. Earnest, 19, also told a San Diego Sheriff’s detective that he was inspired by Adolf Hitler and the suspected gunman in the New Zealand mosque shooting last March. The search warrant, which as unsealed in a hate crimes case against Earnest, offered […]

Overcrowding, Abuse Seen at Mexico Migrant Detention Center

The 36-year-old Cuban mechanic’s eyes glazed over as he recalled his time at the Siglo XXI holding facility: 50 people sleeping in 9-by-12-foot pens, feces overflowing the latrines, food and water always scarce. Women slept in hallways or in the dining hall among rats, cockroaches and pigeon droppings, as children wailed, mothers reused diapers and guards treated everyone with contempt. “They threw us in there like little animals,” a Honduran woman said. Many migrants who cross into southern Mexico end […]

Man Shot, Killed by Police After Opening Fire at Federal Courthouse in Dallas: Authorities

A man opened fire at a federal courthouse in Dallas on Monday before he was shot and killed by federal officers, authorities said. No officers or other citizens were injured at the shooting near the Earle Cabell Federal Building, police said. The gunman, identified as 22-year-old Brian Isaack Clyde, was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead, according to FBI special agent in charge Matthew J. DeSarno. DMN staff photographer @TomFoxPhoto captured this image shortly before a gunman […]

Monday Forecast: Patchy Fog and Morning Drizzle

Look for areas of patchy fog and morning drizzle as we head into a new week. Henry DiCarlo has KTLA’s forecast on June 17, 2019.

Woman Found Dead in Bakersfield Costco Parking Lot May Have Been Attacked by Dogs: Police

Police investigating the death of a woman in a Costco parking lot in Bakersfield on Sunday believe she may have died after being attacked by one or more dogs, according to local television station KERO. Officers from the Bakersfield Police Department were called out the Costco parking lot off of Rosedale Highway around 6 a.m. after a woman’s body was found with what officers say were obvious signs of trauma, the station reported. The exact cause of death is still […]

Cosmetic Products Send 4,300 Children to ERs Every Year, Study Shows

Cosmetic products such as perfume, nail polish and shampoo help us feel and look good. But in the wrong hands — especially those of the very young — these products can be harmful, or even deadly. More than 64,000 kids in the United States younger than 5 years old had a cosmetic-related injury between 2002 and 2016, according to estimates in a study published Monday in the journal Clinical Pediatrics. Researchers looked at the type of product, route of exposure, […]

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Ousted Egyptian Pres. Mohammed Morsi Dies After Collapsing in Court, State TV Reports

Egypt’s former president, Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country’s first free elections in 2012 and was ousted a year later by the military, collapsed in court during a trial and died Monday, state TV and his family said. The 67-year-old Morsi had just addressed the court, speaking from the glass cage he is kept in during sessions and warning that he had “many secrets” he could reveal, a judicial official said. A few […]

VP of Engineering

Earny - Santa Monica, CA

Posted 3 months ago

Who We Are:

Every year, online shoppers in the US lose 50 billion dollars in unclaimed money, and we've developed an elegant way of returning that money back to our customers. With over 3 million active users, our mission is to advocate for consumers financial best interest.


Our simple customer experience means sophisticated back-end decision-making on their behalf. Earny acts as a personal assistant that automatically gets consumers money back on almost every purchase. Earny uses low-latency price tracking to identify the lowest possible prices, and obtains refunds using credit card price protection.


We are headquartered in Santa Monica, CA and are backed by top investors including Mayfield, Science, Inc., Sweet Capital, Comcast Ventures. We're currently looking for innovative and passionate people, who are eager to make a difference and play a vital role in Earny's growth and success.



The Role:


The VP of Engineering will leverage their experience in technology leadership to set the technical vision and release cadence for the engineering team. This role will be responsible for creating the technical roadmap, fostering a strong engineering culture and increasing the product delivery velocity for the organization. You must be able to motivate and inspire team members to overcome obstacles and deliver highly scalable, state-of-the-art technology solutions. This position is based in Santa Monica and you will report directly to the CEO.



Job Responsibilities:


  • Lead. Attract, hire & retain highly skilled engineers. Act as an expert advisor, coach, and mentor across the technology organization on latest engineering principles and practices. Assess skills & building career development plans for direct reports. Identify areas of improvement and conduct regular one-on-one meetings with engineers. Establish metrics and processes for team member assessment and improvement. Create and implement training programs for engineers, and implement processes to develop careers. Build a healthy engineering culture by planning and facilitating technical events and technical learning curriculums.

  • Strategy. Work closely with the CTO and members of the engineering team to direct the development of the strategic technology vision and execute against the product and technical roadmap. Determine the long-term architecture of our platform and be responsible for implementing the company's product development vision.

  • Collaborate. Work closely with our Product team to ideate, scope, plan, estimate, coordinate, derisk roadmaps for our consumer-facing experiences. Participate in an iterative planning process to estimate, prioritize and roadmap the development of new features and applications. Acts as a point of escalation for teams facing complex technical challenges. Collaborate with the appropriate departments to assess and recommend technologies that support the company's strategic goals.

  • Plan. Define KPIs, objectives, and targets for measuring and improving the quality, security, scalability, maintainability, cost and time to market of our custom software solutions. Establish processes and controls to ensure that objectives are achieved, risks are managed appropriately and the organization's resources are used responsibly, particularly in the areas of software development. Balance the work within the engineering team to include the expected capacity allocation for new features, tech debt, architecture improvements, and innovation prototypes. Ensure software delivery deadline commitments are met and manage risks and dependencies.

  • Test. Identify bottlenecks and opportunities for continuous improvement in the design, development, configuration, testing, deployment, monitoring and operation of our cloud platforms. Ensure that technology standards and best practices are maintained across the organization. Ensure company technical roadblocks are resolved in a timely and cost-effective manner.

  • Innovate. Create a challenging, innovative and supportive environment for team members to grow and produce their best work. Drive adoption of new technology and processes across the engineering team. Create technical requirements and application designs to govern the security, scalability, sustainability, cost and overall quality of our infrastructure, systems, content, and data. Identify opportunities for delivering the company's services as a leader in consumer advocacy including: identification of competitive services, opportunities for innovation, and assessment of marketplace obstacles and technical hurdles.


Required Skills + Qualifications:


  • BS or Master's Degree in Computer Science or a related field

  • 10+ years of senior technical leadership experience, preferably in high growth startup environments

  • Track record of attracting, screening, hiring and retaining software engineers

  • Expertise with Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

  • Strong experience with the following modern software engineering practices: Agile / Scrum, Continuous Delivery, DevOps , Docker / Kubernetes

  • Strong engineering skills with architecture, testing, monitoring, operations and deployment

  • Relentless with best practices and willing to discuss the choices you make with your fellow engineers

  • Strong advocate for test-driven development

  • Ability to leverage data and analytics to build new systems and products

  • Experience working in an agile software development environment

  • Comfortable in early-stage, fast-paced, high-growth, resource-lean environments

  • Strong project and people management skills

  • Strong communication skills, including executive presentations


Big Plus:


  • Experience consuming and designing RESTful services

  • Strong git skills while working with an Agile team

  • Database modeling skills in either SQL or NoSQL

  • Strong Node.js experience

  • Security background (encryption, RBAC, PCI-DSS / ISO compliance...)

Perks + Benefits


  • Salary, Equity & Health Insurance

  • Vacation: Unlimited PTO and Flex Time

  • Free Food/Drinks: Catered Meals, plus stocked cabinets and fridge at your disposal

  • Rad Location: Our office is in the heart of Santa Monica and has a casual work environment

  • Amazing Culture: Happy Hours, Team lunches, Team breakfasts, Weekly Fitness Classes, Game Nights, Quarterly Company Outings
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