Recommendations Infrastructure Engineer
Flipboard - Palo Alto, CA

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Our mission is to let people discover and share content in beautiful and simple ways.

Headed by Mike McCue, former CEO of Tellme, and Evan Doll, former Senior iPhone Engineer at Apple, Flipboard is inspired by the beauty and ease of print media and combined with the power of social media, helps inform, entertain and inspire people every day.

The company is based in Palo Alto, California and backed by legendary investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer, Index Ventures and Insight Venture Partners.

Recommendations Infrastructure Engineer

At Flipboard we are re-imagining how people consume and produce news and information in the mobile-first world. In the Data Products group, we drive this forward by building tools to help users in the face of information overload; connecting them with other users, finding content for them to curate, and recommending stories and magazines to read. We use a wide range of data-driven techniques to achieve this, drawn from (amongst others!) machine learning, collaborative filtering, topic modeling entity extraction, social network analysis, psychology and old-fashioned straight-up product design. We deal with millions of users and documents – and, therefore, billions of signals – daily.

This means developing high-performance distributed systems at scale.


We need a great software engineer to work with us on scaling and developing our systems. On a day to day basis, you'd be working with Hive, HBase, Storm, Kafka, ElasticSearch and similar software on top of Amazon AWS; we primarily develop in Java and Python. You'd be working with a small team of engineers and data scientists. You will have your hand in a variety of projects - data collection, data analysis, algorithm development, scaling the system to tens of millions of DAUs and working with engineers across other teams in bringing our architecture forward. Our organization is flat and merit-based; you'd have substantial independence and responsibility from day one. This is a role which needs an adaptable engineer and which comes with constant variety.


Deep proficiency with Java and/or Python and with SQL

Experience with Hadoop (or other Map/Reduce frameworks) and NoSQL databases

Experience with implementing numerical data-processing systems at scale (simulations, finance, machine learning, bioinformatics, search etc)

Self-starter with excellent communications skills

Full-stack engineering experience a big plus.

Experience with Numpy/Scipy, R, Matlab, Julia or other similar technical computing environments

Why Join Flipboard

Build a product that millions use and love every day, transforming how people discover, browse and share media. By joining Flipboard now, our startup culture will enable you to learn and grow while shaping the product, the company, resulting in the most impactful work of your career.

Team-up with cutting-edge thought leaders from Apple, Google, Netflix, Adobe, Ellerdale, Sony, Ning, Tellme, and Microsoft, Time Inc. & Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to help grow the world's first social magazine across multiple platforms.

CEO, Mike McCue is a creative visionary experienced at building innovative products and companies (acquired by Netscape & Microsoft).

Collaborative teams work together with strong purpose and vision. “Mock O’clock” held each week serves as a forum for team members to demo new ideas and projects.

Pick your equipment: we provide your choice of computers, screens, tablets, and peripherals.

Flipboard’s HQ is an open, beautifully converted art studio centrally located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto.

Compensation including base, equity, plus generous, comprehensive benefits

Benefits & Perks:
401(k) with company contribution

Vision, dental, life, and health insurance

Unlimited “out of office time” for holidays, vacation, sick leave, and personal or family needs

Flexible hours

Subsidized commuter programs

Beer Fridays: casual team & friend meet-ups at Flipboard HQ

Team celebrations: company anniversaries, birthdays, Thanksgiving, weddings/babies- you name it, we celebrate it.

Flipboard Sports- Basketball team, certified rock climbers, biking, or anything you’d like to organize.

Lots of snacks (healthy and otherwise).