Alma Networks is a startup founded by Adam D’Angelo, who was previously CTO and VP of engineering at Facebook, and Charlie Cheever, who led Facebook Platform and Facebook Connect. We’re working on building a community-generated database of the trusted information that interests people most. Some of the challenges are highly algorithmic, such as coming up with ways to organize and categorize the information effectively so that users can efficiently find what they need; others are very technical, such as working to make a web application that is complex while still being very fast; and many of the challenges are in product design, such as figuring out a way to set up and grow a healthy community and constructing intuitive interfaces for users. Alma Networks is based in Palo Alto, CA and has seed funding.
We are committed to building a cutting-edge technology company that develops software the right way and is a place where engineers love to work. Some of the tools we are using include Python, Pylons, memcached, Thrift, and git. We’re using continuous deployment and EC2, so all code you write will go live to production within minutes no matter what time it is. Both founders are developers. We want to build a fantastically strong engineering team and the first engineer that joins us should set the tone for that.
B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in Computer Science or equivalent.
Extraordinary software engineering talent.
Substantial experience developing web applications.
Knowledge of TCP/IP and network programming.
Experience with compilers, distributed systems, and machine learning a plus.
Proficiency programming in Python a plus.
Familiarity with functional or declarative programming languages (OCaml, Erlang) a plus.
The number of years of professional experience you have isn’t important to us.
You should be ready to make this startup the primary focus of your life.
You will be required to make good decisions about important things without much oversight. You should be comfortable with autonomy and ownership of large areas of product and infrastructure. It’s a plus if you have worked on projects in your spare time, such as programming games in middle school or high school. An ideal candidate will have the potential to grow into a strong leadership role over time–in either a technical or management capacity (i.e. eventually the equivalent of a Google Fellow or a V.P.)
We think we are working on something that is very important and that lots of people will use every day. If you’re interested, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For someone who is talented but not super experienced, this should be a great opportunity to learn a whole lot very quickly. And for someone who is more experienced, I can say it’s a super fun project to work on that I’m really excited about.