Marco Polo

Founded in 2012, Marco Polo is driven by one heartfelt purpose—helping people feel close. 

This purpose began to take form when Co-Founders Vlada & Michal Bortnik were starting a family. Welcoming their second daughter into the world, staying connected to loved ones across the US and abroad felt more important than ever. They wanted to model something special for their kids and to work on something personally meaningful that made a big difference in the world.

They realized that having meaningful connections is one of the key ingredients to happiness. Ideas began to percolate and after several iterations Marco Polo became a reality that’s fulfilling this vision. Marco Polo is a unique social communication app that provides private, authentic, ad-free ways to connect with friends, family, colleagues and clients- think “video-walkie-talkie”.

In 2020, Marco Polo launched Marco Polo Plus, and a new product with Marco Polo Channels, a video-first platform that provides a space for coaches, teachers, creatives, and business leaders to share their expertise in a way that deeply impacts and transforms people, all while getting paid doing what they love.

Future Maker

Rapid Growth

Committed to DE&I 

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Perks & Benefits


Fully Remote

Mission Driven

What is it like to work with us?

We’re a small, fully distributed team that cares about working joyfully and making a difference in the world. We work hard at building an amazing product, and just as hard to create a culture of empathy, trust, and purpose. We strive for “work-life integration,” and our Teamily includes chefs, home improvement experts, and community volunteers. In addition to generous medical, dental, and vision programs, some of our perks include: access to life-coaching, 401(k), and flexible vacation time.

Though our backgrounds are diverse, we share a belief—lives flourish when people feel close. That common inspiration keeps us aligned with our purpose as a team, which is scattered across 11 states, coast-to-coast.

We care deeply about diversity and inclusion at Marco Polo. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We can add teammates from anywhere in the US.

What does it mean to be a Teamily?

At Marco Polo, we are more than just a group of awesome co-workers, we are a close-knit Teamily (Team + Family). We use our app the way it was intended, to keep close by chatting and sharing moments of joy, empathy, and love. From hockey games with the kids to cats purring on laptops, we get to see and learn so much more about each other than we would through typical “water cooler” conversations.

How Marco Polo is different

On your own time

Life is busy. Marco Polo works when you have a moment to talk, even if your schedules don’t match. Unlike other video apps, you don’t need to be live.

For close relationships

With people you love, texts and social media don’t give you the whole picture and calls are hard to schedule. Have spontaneous face-to-face conversations and really see how your loved ones are doing.

Be together with groups

Gather friends and family, chat with your support or hobby group, collaborate with co-workers or fantasy football teammates. Each person can watch and respond when it works for them.

Easy and fun

Speaking face to face is as easy as pressing “Start” and “Stop”. Have fun with doodles and voice filters, too!

Benefits & Perks

Fully remote

Flexible working schedule

Competitive Salary and Equity

Medical, dental, and vision plans

Paid Time off 

Parental Leave Policy

Monthly fitness/wellness Programs

Equity Grants

Senior Data Engineer

New York


Job Openings

The distance doesn’t slow us down. We keep the engine humming from our homes, co-working spaces, and coffee shops—connecting with daily Zoom calls, and retreats. Whether collaborating through Slack, video calls, or of course Marco Polo, our team knows how to keep connected—it’s what we do best!

Does this sound interesting to you? If so, then we’d love to hear from you.

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