Backend Software Engineer
Dropcam - San Francisco, CA

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Dropcam ( is making the next great consumer gadget - a user-centric web-connected video camera you watch from anywhere. Use your smartphone to check in on your baby, pets, home, or small business.

It sounds easy, but making a stable, highly available media streaming system that's easy enough for mom and dad to use is hard.

If you're up for interesting problems at a startup building a real mass-market product, we’d love your help developing a proud, user-focused engineering culture and fulfilling our mission: watch anywhere from anywhere.

  • Design and maintain the backend software that powers the Dropcam platform
  • Design and maintain tools to help manage Dropcam servers
  • Maintain and provision servers
  • Investigate bugs and diagnose issues
  • Share your knowledge with the team by conducting design and code reviews
  • Fluent in Python and C
  • Extensive knowledge of networking protocols and technologies (SSL, etc.)
  • Extensive experience developing networked applications
  • Knowledge of Linux systems and POSIX
  • Experience working with very large amounts of data and scalable systems
  • Experience with database systems (PostgreSQL preferred)
  • A degree in computer science or related technical discipline, or the equivalent
  • Strong communication and documentation skills
  • Downtime makes you cry
Nice to Have
  • Good working knowledge of media codecs and technologies (H.264, AAC, etc.)
About Dropcam

Dropcam ( is a venture-backed San Francisco startup building a consumer-focused, web-connected internet camera focused on the home monitoring market. Our goal is to help you watch the things you love from anywhere in the world and make sure they’re safe and sound.

The company's first product, Dropcam HD, was announced at CES 2012 to rave reviews and media coverage. The Dropcam HD pairs with an online service that provides cloud-based recording and alert notifications. Users watch video of their children from work, their homes and cars while on vacation, and their businesses when relaxing over the weekend.

Dropcam offers a long list of benefits, including:
  • competitive base salaries
  • pre-IPO stock options
  • medical and dental benefits
  • breakfast and catered lunch daily
  • an amazing 17th floor view overlooking San Francisco
  • your favorite flavor of Keurig K-cups for coffee
  • really nice folks building a company to be proud of
We’re a small team developing the next great consumer gadget – join us in making it a reality!

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