Who We Are
Culdesac is a real estate and technology startup that builds cities for people, not cars. Our goal is to create the first car-free city in the US. We started by creating the first car-free neighborhood built from scratch in the US - Culdesac Tempe, a $170 million mixed-use neighborhood development for 1,000 residents opening in 2022. The neighborhood covers 17 acres and features 55% open space, shared courtyards, and abundant bookable spaces. Culdesac is the co-developer and tech-enabled property manager.
Read more about our vision, our product, and how we are changing how people live, work, and move:Introducing Culdesac: Building car-free neighborhoods from scratch
by Ryan Johnson (CEO & Founder)The Capital of Sprawl Gets a Radically Car-Free Neighborhood
by The New York TimesPaying Rent Will Get You Wheels in New Car-Free Complex
by BloombergNew Arizona Development Bans Residents From Bringing Cars - WSJ
by Wall Street Journal11 rules for buying an ebike. Ebikes are about to change the world.
By Ryan Johnson (CEO & Founder)
We’re headquartered in Tempe, AZ and were founded in 2018. CEO Ryan Johnson was previously on the founding team of Opendoor. We raised $30M Series A
in January 2022. Our investors include top VCs like Khosla Ventures, Zigg Capital, Initialized Capital, and Y Combinator.The Role
As a Behavior Design Fellow
at Culdesac, you will help implement strategies to advance car-free culture and the community experience at Culdesac.
In this part-time role, you will use your understanding of behavioral science, and work closely with the Experience Design team to identify the key behaviors and culture to promote, design behavior change experiments, and define and collect metrics to measure impact.
While you are grounded in the principles of behavioral science, you are eager to take research to the real world and implement scrappy, creative solutions that improve the resident experience.The Requirements
While our role description represents what we are ideally looking for, we encourage you to apply even if your resume includes strengths and experiences that don’t match everything listed here.
Experience partnering with the broader team
to collaboratively take ideas from the research stage to execution. Though a number of disciplines may include design frameworks applicable to our work, a background in behavioral science or economics stands out.
Ability to move fast to implement and iteratively test ideas while remaining grounded in the user experience and creating better resident outcomes.
Interest in community cultivation beyond the borders of the Culdesac development.Passion for problem-solving
; you consider yourself scrappy, and self-motivated. You are someone who uses creative thinking to identify feasible behavioral solutions.
Prioritizes a lifestyle leveraging public transportation, micromobility,
and other alternatives to private cars.Locations
We're headquartered in Tempe, AZ, with our office located in the heart of downtown Tempe. We encourage employees to work in our beautiful Tempe office and offer relocation assistance to those who’d like to move to Tempe. We also have remote positions, and we work hard to create a first-class, remote-friendly environment.Our Values
As sprawl became commonplace in our cities, we felt less connected to each other. We normalized hour-long commutes, even as private vehicle ownership became the largest source of carbon emission pollution. Our cities blend technology, real estate, and culture to reimagine our daily lives. Come help us make our residents happier, healthier, and more productive in the years they spend with us and the moments they spend together.At Culdesac, we:Work as a team
Be inclusive, drawing on the strengths of people who bring a different perspective.Find ways to work together that overcome disciplinary and geographic separations.Ship, including the last 10%
Be output oriented. Ship.Our mission weaves us deep into people's lives. Respect that trusted relationship by seeing your work through to the end, including the last 10%.Embrace the full stack
We have a competitive advantage in operationally complex, capital-intensive work.Tackling all the layers in the stack gives us an opportunity to deliver an exceptional user experience.Always remember Rule #0: learn from those who have done it before.Ask people for feedback
Only users know if we’re creating value for them.We get better by observing behavior and asking others how we can improve.Respect the limits of what we can know and plan. In the complex organism of a city, emergent behavior rules.Design for humans
The messiness of human preferences and decision making is the rich soil where our product grows.Human paradoxes and contradictions are our opportunity to create joy.Next Steps
If you think Culdesac might be a good fit, we encourage you to apply! You have nothing to lose, and we'll respond to you within a week. If we move forward, here's our typical process:
1. A 30-minute video call with our Experience Design Lead to understand your high-level background and cover logistics & expectations.2. A 30-minute take home assignment.3. A 30-minute video call with a senior member of our team to further discuss the application of behavior design at Culdesac.4. A final 45-minute video call with our COO overviewing how you would fit in Culdesac’s mission, vision, and culture.
At each step, we leave time for you to ask us questions. We look forward to hearing from you!
Culdesac is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.