Software Engineer - Operations job @ imo: well-funded startup (Palo Alto, CA)

marissa at megan at
Thu Jun 23 23:41:41 UTC 2011

We are looking for an exceptional Jack or Jill of all trades—software
engineer, network engineer, and systems/database administrator—to help us
build, run, and maintain the systems that power You must be
extremely comfortable writing code for our systems, troubleshooting network
and hardware issues, and helping us scale our systems to support our growing
user base.

-Ensuring imo’s servers are up and running at all times
-Programming complex systems using languages such as Python
-Designing and deploying efficient and cost-effective load balancing systems
-Predicting data center growth
-Tracking data center issues
-Automating, streamlining, and documenting data center processes
-Writing and maintaining installation scripts
-Debugging hardware, network, and Linux-related issues
-Installing and troubleshooting machines, switches, routers, etc.

-BS/MS/PhD in computer science, or equivalent
-Strong background writing code for large projects
-Extensive experience in data center hardware deployment and building
scalable infrastructure
-Solid understanding of Linux
-Scripting knowledge with shell scripts (Bash, zsh, etc.) and Python
-Ability to design and implement systems in Python
-Familiarity with C/C++ networking code

Extra credit:
-Past work experience in a large Internet-serving environment
-Experience building and designing scalable distributed systems
-Thorough understanding of TCP/IP and network programming.
-Adept at hacking open source software
-Experience with HTML, CSS, Javascript, MySQL a plus

-Competitive salary plus $30k starting bonus and stock options
-$500/month housing stipend for living within a five-mile radius of the
-401(k) and health, dental and vision benefits
-Snacks and weekly lunches/dinners
-Gym membership
-Conference stipend
-imo-sponsored team events and outings

About imo: Based in Palo Alto, CA, imo is a small startup founded and funded
by one of the first ten employees at Google. Our current team consists of
top TopCoders, ACM ICPC World Finalists, and medalists of the International
Olympiads in Informatics. We work on challenging projects that we choose
from the ground up that have direct impact on our users. Our web-based
service allows users to hold text, voice, and video chats on multiple
instant messaging protocols. Currently supported protocols include AIM,
Facebook Chat, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, MySpace, Skype, and Yahoo
Messenger. The service is free and requires no user-registration or sign-up.
Currently, we have over one million unique accounts active on over a
30-day period.

Please email your resume to jobs at to apply.

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