CTO / Technical Co-Founder

Salary + Technical Co-Founding Shares, Remote
About Gaia Gives:

Gaia Gives is redesigning global philanthropy from the ground up using Web3 tools that make impact giving more transparent and engaging than ever before.

We’re a team of global change-makers with deep startup experience tackling the core challenges of global philanthropy: institutional distrust, high fundraising costs, and a lack of donor engagement. In fact, 65% of donors would give more if they knew the true impact of their donation.

Donors can choose from a curated selection of vetted impact projects coached for impact by our staff. Each project is broken into milestones with transparent budgets and impact metrics that must be verified by donors before the next round of funding is unlocked. Donations can be added/modified in seconds using our Web3 impact wallet which accepts both fiat (credit/debit/ACH) and 50+ cryptocurrencies.

Our in-development token economy aims to further incentivize positive action, rewarding aid and development professionals to verify impact claims and providing gamified rewards for donors who share their favorite projects.

Role Description

Based in Costa Rica, Gaia Gives is a global team of inspired ReFi changemakers with the goal of helping channel resources and attention towards projects making a positive impact, for a more inclusive, regenerative, and thriving planet. Despite building the core of the platform on-chain, we aim to leverage the best of Web3 in a Web2 accessible package to maximize our donor base and scale global impact.

We are looking for a talented and mission-driven Chief Technical Officer to complete our core team as a technical founder. This new team member will be responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the platform, from our fiat on-ramping web3 payment pathway to cyber security. With more than a year and a half under our team’s belt, we have a solid foundation including partnerships across banking and Web3, rextensive platform wireframes, and a deep understanding of the on and off-chain challenges at hand. The CTO’s work will focus on refining this architecture and putting it into action.

As our core internal solutions architect, the CTO will work closely with the CEO and Head of Product to ensure the successful conceptualization and launch of the platform and its ongoing development. In addition, they will be responsible for building and maintaining a strong out-of-house development team, managing all relationships with this contractor. That said, this role is not above coding directly, and will occasionally require the deep hands-on application of coding skills, complemented by those of the dev. team.

As a core technical co-founder, we’re looking for an inspired collaborator who is willing to play the long game with us, shaping the vision of the company and making this platform their own. After an initial trial run, compensation would include founding shares on a vesting track, converting to token after decentralization.

Our team works remote, but meets periodically for in-person sprints, most often in Costa Rica and across Europe.

If you are a mission-driven creative problem-solver with a strong technical background, this might be your chance to help make impact that scales. (And have a lot of fun in the process.)

Core Responsibilities

• Researching and building platfrom’s core technical architecture, including:
• Fiat on-ramping and off-ramping
• Designing project milestones mechanism and smart contract logic
• Platform’s DeFi integrations, including the yield farming of milestone escrowed funds in stablecoin protocol, and automated yield farming from donor’s wallet
• Spearheading the decentralization of the platform:
• Tokenomics and white paper development
• Decentralized curation of projects
• Collective impact verification protocols
• Token staking with impact projects
• NFT Utility for User Roles
• Vetting, hiring, and managing collaborating development contractors and in-house team members
• Platform cyber security – including the management of external audits
• Assure that all development is compliant with global privacy, data, and banking regulations
•Technical evaluation of potential protocols and partners (Elbow.fi (delta-neutral yield farming protocol), Popcorn Network, Cask.fi, Etherspot.io, ixo.world, Chainlink, Celo
• Create systems to track and report development progress
• Lead and manage relationships with technical partners
• Write funding proposals for development grants with our partners
• Keeping up with new developments in the blockchain space and integrating them into the platform vision as needed


• 1+ years experience with Solidity/Rust development
• A deep understanding of blockchain fundamentals, common vulnerabilities, and the EVM
• Experience coding full stack with any flavor of MVC framework, including React, Angular, Vue
• Deep technical experience developing digital platforms built for consumers
• Deep understanding of the web 3 ecosystem and community
• Advanced understanding of major blockchain protocols and standards, with a focus on Chainlink Keepers, Celo, Polygon
• Experience scaling applications and utilizing various deployment strategies with a decentralized team
• A passion for our mission and values
• Native level fluency in English

Nice to Have

• Experience working with yield accruing tokens/protocols
• Experience working with sidechains (Avalanche, Polygon, Arbitrum)
• Familiarity with standard DevOps tooling

We Offer

• A unique chance to help found a ground-breaking company working towards massive positive impact and contribute to the refi revolution
• Generous stock options (technical co-founder vesting potential)
• Remote working environment and team hub in Costa Rica (Surf lessons, papayas, and sunny jungle vibes on demand)
• Support from an inspired, multi-disciplinary founding team
• Fun work environment (we are here to enjoy the ride)

To Apply

If you feel like you would be a good fit for the role, please send an email to us by clicking on Apply Now below and send us the following:

• Your GitHub page/ LinkedIn/ and/or your personal website
• A cover letter with an introduction about you and why you think Gaia Gives is right for you.

At Gaia Gives, we strive to create an inclusive environment that empowers all involved. We believe that our products and services benefit from our diverse backgrounds and experiences and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer: all qualified applicants are considered for positions regardless of race, ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, marital status, gender identification, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

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