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Funding20M-50M USD
IndustryMobile, Security, Consumer, Enterprise
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Software Engineer (Ruby on Rails)

at Lookout in San Francisco, CA   —   Jul 08, 2014   |  
We are passionate about creating useful, usable, and technologically game-changing software. Together, our disruptive technology and your work will be instrumental in helping people all over the world do more with their device, and do it safely. You’ll find yourself among engineers who are consistently pushing the edge and solving unprecedented problems in data analysis, reverse hacking, high performance computing, web crawling, massive scalability, cross platform development, and much more. We’re growing fast and have lots of opportunities for both greenhorn and senior engineers alike.

About the Role:

We’re a small team working on a very large, modern system with a user base of millions, so you’ll get to work on a cutting-edge product and service on a large scale. Our flat organizational structure and small development team provide you with the opportunity to work on sizable projects that really matter. We’re built on an open stack top to bottom, and contribute to various open source projects. We have one of the largest Rails implementations out there, and it’s only increasing in scale. Our hybrid dedicated/cloud environment is comprised of both physical hardware and EC2 instances to service different layers of the stack.

Lookout’s backend system sustains a massive volume of data and an increasingly high level of demand, from data ingestion to delivery to dynamic analysis. What do we mean by massive volume and demand? Millions of devices connecting each day, billions of full-stack requests per month, managing petabytes of data. Our service handles collaborative anti-malware scanning with smartphones and provides constant support to mobile clients in the field, enabling users to receive real-time threat protection, backup and restore their data, and find and protect their lost devices. We’re looking for exceptional engineers to help us build and evolve our highly reliable and responsive service at an ever increasing scale.

Why Lookout?

Besides building something meaningful, here’s why you’ll love working here:
• We’re a small company: it’s fun, dynamic, open, collaborative, and you will make a difference.
• You’ll have the ability to work directly with people who lead the industry – which is pretty cool!
• We work in the heart of SOMA in San Francisco, walking distance from Caltrain, MUNI, and BART.
• We’re funded by top-tier venture and angel investors who have helped build companies such as Skype, Facebook, Admob, PayPal, Foursquare, Dropbox, Juniper, Vontu, and Symantec.
Nearly all positions are full-stack development, so you can play on your strengths while engaging your interests in new and powerful technologies, from Ruby on Rails and MySQL to HTML5, node.js, NoSQL.
Help build and scale our backend services
Create and extend front-end and back-end solutions using technologies such as Ruby on Rails, MySQL, JavaScript, and more
Conduct unit, functional, integration, and other forms of automated testing
Help us meet aggressive performance and scalability goals keeping us ahead of dramatic growth in the space
Help us define the Lookout user experience to continue to delight our users
Help us move towards continuous deployment
Previous experience creating useful applications
Standout qualities which make you exceptional in the ability to code (be sure to note anything you’ve accomplished or competed in i.e. ACM or other programming / math / computing competitions)
Excellent coding skills. You’re a standout among your peers, who tend to seek you out for your input on hard problems
A quick and avid learner
Strong object-oriented design ability. You’re a natural problem solver.
You’re an excellent communicator - you get your point across clearly and concisely, day to day among your teammates, as well as when writing code
Skilled at troubleshooting – you appreciate the value of testing and can resolve the trickiest of issues, and take the initiative to pitch in and help as issues arise
Bonus points:
Previous experience creating useful web applications
Standout qualities which make you exceptional in the ability to code (i.e. notable side projects, ACM or other programming / math / computing competitions, contributions to open-source software)
Experience creating highly scalable systems
formal education isn't a requirement, especially if you have interesting side projects to show us.
Competitive Salary + Equity
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