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What is the competitive advantage of JITX?

JITX is the first automated tool to reduce error, reduce time and reuse, and make better designs. Our roadmap intends JITX to be a full stack, end to end software tool that users just cannot live without.  Building meaningful tooling where Electrical Engineers rely on paper and pencil and a spreadsheet today.   The potential upside for users is huge!  Sales leads are inbound, typically seeking a fully automated SaaS tool that can get designs all the way to the factory floor. Users value it twice as much as legacy CAD tools.  One might assume that the other CAD tools will come through to better compete with a fully automated tool, but according to the user we interview they are falling far short.

Do I need to have a background in electrical engineering or circuit boards?

While having domain expertise is a plus, many of us don’t have it and that’s fine.  Simply put, JITX is a software tool, so our team is primarily software engineers.  We have generalist electrical engineers to test, prioritize product features and onboard our users smoothly through the use of the tool to their specific workflow.As a new hire, you will build a hardware project and play in the JITX tool in your onboarding.   You will have access to terminology and learn the domain, just as many of us have done prior!

Who are the typical customers or users of JITX?

A typical user is a professional Electrical Engineer, from a design house, startup, or an Enterprise organization.  An educational tier allows students to utilize JITX in academic projects.   Their current tech stack include CAD tools such as KiCad, Altium, Mentor Graphics, OrCad, and more.  JITX integrates with popular CAD tools, flawlessly exporting and ensuring a smooth transition between tools.

What is missing from current CAD tools?

Traditional CAD tools on the market have not ensured designs to be error-free, and are not able to build meaningful automation. We make it possible for hardware engineers to write simple code that generates extremely complex designs automatically.  JITX rigorously checks for correctness, reducing the chances of costly mistakes.  JITX visualizes the design dynamically in real-time as user code transforms into real designs.

Is JITX hard to learn for a user?

A traditional Electrical Engineer is one that is familiar with Python, Matlab or embedded C.  With that background, JITX can be learned in an afternoon.  Plus our learning portal provides many resources, tutorials, and videos.  With JITX, we having a budding community of shared experiences, collaboration on best practices and staying in the forefront of design innovation led by our own experienced hardware team.  At JITX, we love feedback, especially from our users and from user research!!! It fuels our thought process in how we prioritize features.

What are the user problems that JITX is solving?

We are happy to showcase a few of the common challenges that an Electrical Engineer face:
Manually rearranging components on a PCB.  With JITX, the advanced automation algorithms remove the tedious manual rearrangements.  We automatically optimize board layouts, saving time.  Bonus: We have a growing open source component library that offers availability or alternatives to parts in real time.Maintaining signal integrity during design.  JITX ensures highest quality signals with built in signal integrity parameters and rules. Difficulty in reusing previous design elements.  JITX’s code based approach allows for reusability, easy refactor and generate new versions programmatically.

What is the competitive advantage of JITX?

JITX is the first automated tool to reduce error, reduce time and reuse, and make better designs.  Our roadmap intends JITX to be a full stack, end to end software tool that users just cannot live without.  Building meaningful tooling where Electrical Engineers rely on paper and pencil and a spreadsheet today.   The potential upside for users is huge!  Sales leads are inbound, typically seeking a fully automated SaaS tool that can get designs all the way to the factory floor. Users value it twice as much as legacy CAD tools.  One might assume that the other CAD tools will come through to better compete with a fully automated tool, but according to the user we interview they are falling far short.

What are the key challenges the company is facing?

Quite literally, we cannot build this extraordinary tool fast enough!   This is an ambiguous space, that it has been hard to move as fast as we would have liked.  We lean with a principled approach and it is more important to build it right.   We cannot wait for every Electrical Engineer to feel the super power of JITX!

Why hasn’t anyone built this yet?

It turns out, these are super hard problems to solve!  Ambitious problems!!!!!  We have tackled each step of the process in a way that has been untraditional - novel algorithms, our own programming language and breaking away from .... the grid like autorouter!  Yes- we believe that there is more to design than 45 and 90 degree angles! We tried traditional paths, such as known programming languages.  We fell upon the same failures as the rest.  At a point when we were dogfooding our product, we came to recognize that this problem can be solved!  Now, we are far enough along that we have confidence in our roadmap.

What does JITX stand for?

JITX stands for Just In Time for EVERYTHING! So that means that this software is automating all parts of the stack.  The end user will use our software to type code, compile, design circuit boards, generating and verifying schematic down to the copper.  Our software will check itself, providing accuracy, and providing checks for common bottlenecks. The X stands for EVERYTHING, meaning the adjacencies such as advanced package design, chiplet interaction, wiring harness design, 3D assembly, and more! What JITX is building a massive multi-sided market between designers, and factories that are already automated.  We want to scale past circuit boards and continue to automate all of the hardware design, helping people to invent.

Why is it so important for JITX to be built now?

This is transformational technology.  We are changing decades of circuit board design at a time when the professional industry is eager to ship products but strained under a shrinking talent market of Electrical Engineers. 25% of Electrical Engineers are over the age of 70 years or older.  Veterans are aging out of the market but eager to ensure their knowledge gets passed down to the younger generations. Younger generations are opting to go into software.Today, circuit boards are design by hand.  A board alone can take a team of expert engineers months to design.  Products are becoming more complex and the industry cannot keep up with the rapidly aging talent pool.  

How is AI used in JITX?

JITX turned hardware design into a coding problem.  Users build libraries of reusable code that they draw onto automatically generate designs. Using a programming language as an alternative draws and analyzes each design, using AI methods to create and validate designs from the code they write. Our customers can automate the knowledge of their senior engineers and apply it across their organization, magnifying that expertise and optimize designs.  AI will continue to become useful to JITX, as we build nudges to learned behavior in the UI.Finally, in an era of collaboration, JITX is a collaboration tool that can be used across the many functions of a hardware engineering organization that in present day siloed.   Quite literally, our software becomes more valuable the more people use it.  It is like Figma for Hardware Design!

How much interaction will I have with the Founders?

Each day, the Founders are part of the Standups.  You will report into a Founder and have weekly 1:1s.  While you will have access of them in the office, you will also have async conversations over Slack.  As we grow, you might start to have less reach with Founders and start reporting into those growing into management roles. The Founder’s hands are deep into the architecture and testing our product, that it ‘s hard to miss them!

What is the growth trajectory for this role?

While a flat organization, we hire each role to be a generalist that can flex and grow from within. We anticipate our future leaders to be amongst the early members of this team!  In our ongoing 1:1s, we continue to inquire into career aspirations and how we can make room as we scale.  Each person on the team is part of the plan for our future growth!

What tools and technologies are used?

While we love polyglots, we do teach you Stanza in your onboarding and we expect this learned within 2 weeks.  While not exclusive to Stanza, we also use some traditional front end technologies such as JavaScript, React, Redux, and VScode.  We have some C++ and Python libraries.   Additionally, we use Slack for async communications, huddles for video and google meeting for larger discussions.  We use Github, Linear, Figma, and other software tools for the planning of our software development and documentation using HackMD.  We use common DevOps tools for scale, such as AWS, Conan, and more.

Why is Stanza so important to JITX?  Is Stanza hard to learn?

Choose your favorite "prototyping language": Python, Ruby, Perl, Javascript, Scheme, Lisp, Smalltalk, etc. Now think about turning your 5000-line proof-of-concept into a performant, reliable product.Now choose your favorite "production language": C, C++, Java, Scala, Rust, OCaml, etc. Think about how different your code would look if you directly wrote the prototype in this production language. What are these differences for?Why not just code everything in a production language directly? What are these prototyping languages for?Conversely, if these prototyping languages are so productive, then why stop? Why not just continue and code everything in them?Stanza was created to eliminate this gap: One super productive programming language that takes you from prototype to production.

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How does JITX handle work-life-balance?

Like many startups, JITX is dynamic.  There can be periods of intense work and longer hours.  We offer flexibility in a hybrid environment that leans to a schedule driven by outcome.  We set our own schedules to accommodate personal needs or tackle urgent tasks.  The goal to achieve a balance suits individual preferences, while committing to achieving the company’s goals.  We aim to create an environment that maintains a fulfilling personal life and well being while contributing to productivity. At JITX, we have a bias for speed, velocity, while navigating ambiguity that requires curiosity and planning.  The hybrid work environment allows for focused concentration on deliverables while collaboration to navigate the intricacies.  

What is the funding situation and runway?

The founders were top of the class for the YCombinator,  attracting the very best investor in securing our Seed, Series A, and soon, Series B to sustain a healthy runway.   In our interview process, we don’t hold back in sharing such numbers.

What is the onboarding and training process like?

Day 01 - you are already contributing!  We begin our planning to welcome our newest member as soon as the offer is signed via HelloSign!  A string of emails will be spread out to secure your benefits getting you through the HR side.Your first two weeks will rotate amongst peers.  You will buddy with a peer on your first deliverable. The outcome is that you feel supported by your team and leaders, in your success.You will embark on a 30-60-90 day plan of Northstars with your leader and people leader.  This allows you independence to forge forward with weekly and monthly feedback with ease.

What is a typical Day at JITX like?

While in a hybrid environment, we do collectively come together for a 10am Standup.  A common day to converge are Tuesdays for collaborations in our South Bay office.    We ask that our new hires be in the office in a steady 3-4 days per week as they get underway.  Then they have flexibility to create a schedule that suits their outcomes, tasks, and personal lives.   At JITX, you might find the work division to be different as evidenced in our standups are company wide!  Everything is connected and relies on each other’s part.  Team members have the ability to move across the stack and a variety of projects.  There is a colossal level of impact with ownership of projects.  Collaboration is rich, transparency is strong, and cooperation is fierce!  

What is the performance evaluation process?

We celebrate you twice a year! Our performance review philosophy rewards performance, your progress, and provides you direction towards your learning, career goals, and flexing your curiosities.  Salary increases and / or equity is achieved in moving levels or with market changes. JITX pays the 75% of the pay range to role, function, according to PAVE, Option Impact, and sometimes other competitive, real time recording salary surveys for Startup organizations with comparable funding data.The reality is that we are not always at our best.  There are missed opportunities to reach outcomes and harder conversations are had. We work collectively to get you to the desired outcome in a transparent, feedback positive way.  Each week, you will have 1:1s with your leader, so surprises in the performance review discussion should not come as a surprise.  You will also gain a 1:1 with our People Leader once a month, or as needed, to ensure that you have the support needed to do your best work.

Is there equity or stock options available?

JITX has ISOs (Incentive Stock Options), which are a type of option granted that gives the team member the right to purchase a specific number of company shares at an exercise price that come with certain tax advantages.    Similarly to a pay range, each role and level also has a range for equity.  If a new hire has a preference for more equity than salary, we adjust accordingly.  Equity is also able to be earned in future performance reviews.

What are the next steps in the interview process?

The Talent Vetting covers what one might expect in a Recruiting and Hiring Manager screening.  A 45-minute phone interview addressing your motivations and some pointed questions towards the success measures of the role, then ending with your own questions.   A Take Home assignment or Collaboration exercise will result in the interview discussion. This will test how you think through the problem, solve it, test it to assure it works, and communicate it.  It permits you to complete in  privacy, without a timer or eyes upon you.  Bonus: it provides you with a flavor of the problems solved at JITX!Most interviews reserve questions for the end but the funny thing is that time runs out, limiting what the candidate asks. With JITX, we flip this around.  We kick off with Q&A with Founders, breaking the ice.  Yes - you get to meet them in person because you will work alongside them everyday!  No question has been off limits — this is our chance to show you that we lead with transparency.  Following the Q&A, we dive into your Take Home assignment or Collaboration exercise, then finish with some behavioral interview questions.A Team Meet & Greet allows you to meet some team members.  Then, we start getting ready for the offer!  We discuss level, salary, equity, start date, and we finalize with references to learn how we can support you at JITX.  We end with a "Wonderful Conversation" with our CEO, Duncan for the verbal offer. Our People Leader, Anita, follows up with your official offer letter.  Once signed, she kicks off the onboarding journey!

What are the benefits?

We have a robust suite of benefits from Kaiser to Anthem PPO, Dental, Vision, 401k, FSA, and 3 weeks of PTO.  Annually, we conduct open enrollment and have the opportunity to add benefits.  Such decisions are weighed in by costs and stage of our growth.  Future benefits added may be a 401k match or additional PTO. Our PTO policy does allow you to run into the negative and rolls into the next year, until it caps at 3 weeks.

How did the Founders meet?

It all started at University of California, Berkeley.   While Jonathan was a Professor, Duncan and Patrick were pursuing their PhDs.  

What is the competitive advantage of JITX?

JITX is the first automated tool to reduce error, reduce time and reuse, and make better designs.  Our roadmap intends JITX to be a full stack, end to end software tool that users just cannot live without.  Building meaningful tooling where Electrical Engineers rely on paper and pencil and a spreadsheet today.   The potential upside for users is huge!  Sales leads are inbound, typically seeking a fully automated SaaS tool that can get designs all the way to the factory floor. Users value it twice as much as legacy CAD tools.  One might assume that the other CAD tools will come through to better compete with a fully automated tool, but according to the user we interview they are falling far short.

What is the competitive advantage of JITX?

JITX is the first automated tool to reduce error, reduce time and reuse, and make better designs.  Our roadmap intends JITX to be a full stack, end to end software tool that users just cannot live without.  Building meaningful tooling where Electrical Engineers rely on paper and pencil and a spreadsheet today.   The potential upside for users is huge!  Sales leads are inbound, typically seeking a fully automated SaaS tool that can get designs all the way to the factory floor. Users value it twice as much as legacy CAD tools.  One might assume that the other CAD tools will come through to better compete with a fully automated tool, but according to the user we interview they are falling far short.

What is the competitive advantage of JITX?

JITX is the first automated tool to reduce error, reduce time and reuse, and make better designs.  Our roadmap intends JITX to be a full stack, end to end software tool that users just cannot live without.  Building meaningful tooling where Electrical Engineers rely on paper and pencil and a spreadsheet today.   The potential upside for users is huge!  Sales leads are inbound, typically seeking a fully automated SaaS tool that can get designs all the way to the factory floor. Users value it twice as much as legacy CAD tools.  One might assume that the other CAD tools will come through to better compete with a fully automated tool, but according to the user we interview they are falling far short.

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