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The Atlas: Lead Backend Engineer

at Airseed in San Francisco, CA   —   Jul 19, 2014   |  
"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."
- Ayn Rand, Philosopher

Airseed is a developer platform that provides consumer data focused tools, analytics, and intelligence for web and mobile apps. We enable and empower developers while facilitating personalization and enhancing consumer / user experience.

Airseed is based in San Francisco, CA. Our investors include Google Ventures, 500 Startups, Kima Ventures and top angel investors.

The Ideal Fit

We're scouting founding team members that are passionate about disrupting the status quo, and are high-grade engineers and doers. We look for those that want join a very early stage team with a founder-level equity position. As we develop the cutting edge tech, we look for engineers that can wear multiple hats, learn and pick up new technologies quickly.

We love talking to engineers and hackers who have backgrounds in the following:

• Application Development: Worked on API development, data visualization, while maintaining high scalability and reliability. Worked on full stack including Ruby (Rails), Javascript, and MySQL.
• Infrastructure: Worked on scalable infrastructure solutions like caching, queuing, automated deployment, and parallel processing technologies.
• Data Mining & Machine Learning: Worked with highly messy unstructured datasets. Also worked on data mining and/or information retrieval, using MapReduce (e.g. Hadoop), and Graph databases (e.g. Neo4j) to deliver recommendations and predictive analytics

• Ruby (Rails) / Python
• Distributed Systems

• Information Security
• DevOps
Experience with core technologies like Ruby, Rails, Redis, MySQL, Neo4j, and ElasticSearch
Experience with solving complex problems on distributed systems and managing infrastructure
Design and implement scalable infrastructure solutions including caching, queuing, devops, and parallel processing in order to manage data at scale
Passion to manage messy, unstructured data in order to build a consumer intelligence platform for developers and brands
Comfortable in multiple languages, frameworks, APIs, and environments
Passion -- coupled with neurosis -- for security, and a practical and balanced approach to security issues
Fanatical (or aspiring) contributor to the open-source community
Exemplify the Airseed Core Values (
Exceptional when it comes to dealing with chaos
Desire to build a standalone, platform-based company (e.g. Twilio, Stripe, Parse) that people and businesses alike depend on; Airseed is not intended to be a quick flip...we're building a $1 billion dollar company
Experience: 3-10+ years (experience is not as important as hustle and ability to learn quickly)
Currently live in SF/Bay Area (or planning to move to SF)
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