💼 | 🗓️ Founded in 2015 | 💲 -
👥 - Employees | 📍 Partially Remote

About Upside

When Pennsylvania native Alex Kinnier arrived in Palo Alto to build Google’s large advertiser ad-server system, he saw a troubling news for brick-and-mortar stores. They needed a way to bridge the gap between online and in-person shopping. Working with his advisor, noted economist Hal Varian, and co-founder Joanna Kochaniak, Alex launched GetUpside (now Upside).

Consumers use the Upside app for everyday purchases, merchants use their platform to earn more profit without changing their business models, and as a result the offline world is made more efficient. And, it makes a difference for our communities.

Upside is known for its fun, dynamic work culture and its emphasis on their 3 key considerations: personalization, measurable impact, and mutual benefit. Those three considerations don’t just impact the app. They’re ingrained into the company culture (and benefits like free daily lunches, unlimited PTO, and stock options).

Learn more about the company with the Upside Fact Sheet.

Technical Leadership Team

Rick McPhee

Head of Engineering
LinkedIn Profile

Tech Stack


  • AWS

  • AWS Lambda

  • Dropwizard

  • DynamoDB

  • Java

  • Jenkins

  • MySQL
  • Python

  • Terraform

What They're Building

Upside is one of the most popular cash back apps on the Google Play and App Stores. They’ve partnered with tens of thousands of gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores. Their one-of-a-kind app allows users to simply scan their receipts (or Check In!) and earn cash back.

Learn more with the Upside app overview.