Founding Partner (Tech)

WAY Equity Partners Tokyo
  • 💴 No salary range given
  • 🏡 Partially remote
  • 🧪 Minimum years of experience unspecified
  • 💬 No Japanese required
  • 🗾 Japan residents only
  • 🧳 No relocation support

About WAY Equity Partners

WAY is a company builder on a mission to team up with exceptional founders and experts to create best-in-class software companies that solve our customer’s toughest problems. We act like a co-founder, providing our companies with expertise, money, and resources.

Key benefits

  • Build a startup without the personal risk

About the position

All Founding Partners are responsible for crafting the success of their Companies. In scaling from zero to one, you are dedicated to answering a real customer problem by building fast, shipping, and iterating to result in a phenomenal product. At WAY, Founding Partners are excited by the hard challenges and choose to see potential where others see problems.

You are a master of your craft, creating products people love is your bread and butter. As a Founding Partner at WAY, you would build the product from its first iteration and guide it through its 100th, and beyond. You know that you build great products, not only for their technical excellence but because you know how to make something people wan


  • Translate user feedback into tangible, responsive changes in the product. You are obsessed with your customers and have a keen understanding of what they want. You are able to deconstruct their feedback into product iterations, moving ever closer to the product users need.
  • Understand deeply the requisite fidelity of a product at each stage of its development. You are keenly attuned to the importance of gathering user feedback en masse in a product’s early stages, and able to continually iterate and ship MVP versions to gather critical user data.
  • Design the technical architecture of the product. You can build a product from scratch and own it through every phase of development and feedback. You know how to make it work well and look good.
  • Coordinate product development with business. You have a deep understanding of how the product interacts with business goals, and are able to create a long-term vision and roadmap that marries the two.
  • Manage interdisciplinary teams to execute well. You understand the complexities of how front-end design interacts with back-end development, and can effectively manage the relationship between teams of designers and developers.


  • Held a key technical role in an early stage startup, such as a product manager, full stack developer, technical lead, or founder
  • Built and led high-performing engineering team(s) with a strong, collaborative team culture
  • Built a product and grew it to scale, guiding its strategy along the way
  • Decisive and agile; you have strong ideas, but you’re not too proud to change the product based on evidence and feedback
  • Current resident of Japan (or already have plans to relocate to Japan on your own)

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