Summary

Join us in launching a new infrastructure fintech company to build foundational infrastructure for the upcoming paradigm shift to real-time payments. We are seeking a highly motivated Co-Founder & CTO. This person will head the engineering and product team in charge of infrastructure, architecture, and design, and use their technical knowledge to drive the product build.

 

The Opportunity

Within the next decade, the majority of account-to-account transactions in the US could go through the FedNow Service and the RTP Network. The last shift of this magnitude happened 50 years ago with the introduction of ACH, and the previous one was 100 years ago with the launch of FedWire. Real-time payments are now ubiquitous in many parts of the world, and the US is catching up with the launch of FedNow in 2023.

 

However, without a significant overhaul of payment infrastructure inside financial institutions, the adoption of real-time rails is set to be painful. Banks are used to batch-processing payments, and routinely shut down systems during evenings and weekends for maintenance and updates. This is incompatible with FedNow requirements: systems must be on 24/7, and payment messages must be acknowledged within seconds of receipt. Banks in other parts of the world faced those same challenges when launching real-time payments, and their response has been to gradually embrace cloud-native architecture and microservices, including rail connectivity infrastructure providers operating under a SaaS model. We expect a similar shift to rails-as-a-service in the US, a large market with room for multiple players, but none or very few currently in the market.

 

Our newest company is taking the burden of setting up and maintaining connectivity to the RTP Network, the FedNow Service and other rails off of financial institutions. Behind the scenes, the venture will set up sophisticated infrastructure involving a mix of dedicated hardware and cloud environments to connect to various rails. Following SaaS multi-tenant architecture best practices, this connectivity infrastructure will be abstracted and delivered to banks through a simple API.

 

Join us in taking account-to-account payments to the 21st century. Diagram has significantly de-risked this opportunity by funding the company, lining up potential follow-on investors, validating the problem and our proposed solution through dozens of industry conversations, developing high-level plans for hiring needs and product build, and growing a strong commercial pipeline. This opportunity is ideal for a motivated entrepreneur looking to enhance their chances of success, all while retaining significant founder equity.

 

Please note: This is not an employee opportunity at Diagram Ventures, but in a new company created through our venture studio model. This company will be independent of Diagram Ventures, and the founding team will receive the majority of the equity in the venture.

 

Who We’re Looking For

We are assembling a team of entrepreneurs, technologists, and financial services professionals. We are now looking for an accomplished technical co-founder to lead the engineering build of a cloud-native gateway into US real-time rails: grow an engineering team over time and build a high-quality product. 

 

As one of the co-founders, you will build and scale a venture with a meaningful mission from the ground up. If you are up for it, you will:

  • Work closely with the founding CEO to define the product vision and technical strategy, and ultimately drive the execution of this vision
  • Set up the technology infrastructure, processes, and standards from the ground up - selecting stack, defining the architecture, etc.
  • Be hands-on in delivering the MVP of the product, working alongside early pilot partners 
  • Build and manage the development roadmap, build vs buy strategy, define and track important metrics, progress, and budget
  • Build and lead a passionate engineering team to continually develop the product in alignment with the broader strategy and vision
  • Manage vendors and vendor relationships
  • Work with compliance, regulatory and legal teams to ensure that the technical processes adhere to all banking and scheme requirements

 

The ideal founder for this venture would bring the following:

  • A proven track record in technical leadership roles: hiring, leading and growing a team, ideally in a start-up or scale-up environment
  • Experience building and scaling fintech infrastructure, ideally payment processing in a cloud-native environment
  • At least 5 years of experience directly managing engineers and their careers
  • At least 3 years of experience developing critical, high-scale applications natively on the public cloud

Other highly desirable assets include:

  • Familiarity with real-time payments and ISO20022. Direct experience working with FedLine and/or implementing FedWire, FedACH, RTP, FPS or SEPA is nice to have.
  • Hands-on ability to lead the product build – orchestrating the infrastructure setup (a mix of cloud infra and dedicated hardware to connect to the FED and TCH), designing the API and webhook stack, designing the ISO20022 format translation and payment orchestration layer, and ensuring long-term resiliency, scalability and high-availability of infrastructure.

 

About Diagram Ventures

Diagram is a venture builder that conceives and launches technology companies in the financial, crypto, and climate industries. We've designed a unique platform for entrepreneurs who have a proven track record or domain expertise to start their next business by combining access to venture capital investment, hands-on support, and a vast network of partners and incumbents. Since 2016, Diagram has raised over $205M and launched 13 new companies across North America. Our ecosystem is home to 90+ angel investors, including 45+ entrepreneurs with >$15B in exits and an extended global network of corporate partners, investors, and builders. Notable Diagram portfolio companies include Synctera (Series A), Conduit (Seed) and Dialogue (IPO).

Applying for this position

Diagram and its portfolio companies are equal opportunity employers.  We appreciate your interest in working with us; however, only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Diagram may contact you about other possible opportunities you may be a fit for. We launch five new ventures each year and are continually excited to talk to founders and top talent who want to join us. 

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