Server-side web engineer (Linux, Python, MongoDB)
Songza - New York, NY

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Songza needs a Linux/Python expert to help us keep up with growing demand. It takes a lot of cutting-edge technology behind the scenes to keep pumping out millions of music tracks every day. Last year, we scaled up to handle a 10x growth in traffic. The next 10x is going to be harder, and the 10x after that harder still. We need the best people to supply the magic that makes that all work.

All of our services (internal and external) are HTTP-based, written in Python, running on AWS Linux hosts. Our engineers are generalists. One week you might be adding a new feature to the web site, the next week working on database scale-up, and the week after that, improving site reliability or deployment process.

We want people who think is the shit. Who solve Project Euler problems for fun. Who contribute to OSS. Who have a solid theoretical background (but don't let that get in the way of writing great code). Who have built, shipped, and supported real products that people use.

We think it's cool if you own a Rasberry Pi. Or an Arduino. Or more than one soldering iron. We'd be blown away if you reverse engineered our API with a sniffer and built your own app on top of it. The business guys might not like that, but they don't make the hiring decisions.

Most important, you must love working in a high-speed environment, where everybody makes a difference. Write code in the morning, deploy that afternoon. Your ability to drive technical decisions is a function of how good your design and code are, not your job title or how well you dress.

Skills & Requirements Must know:
  • Linux
  • Python
Beyond that, the more of these you know, the better, but we're not about checklists. We're about really smart people who know the basics and are eager to learn more.
  • Django
  • Gunicorn / gevent
  • Nginx
  • MongoDB
  • REST
  • AWS
  • DVCS
  • Map-Reduce

About Songza Songza is one of the most exciting startups in New York City. We're internet radio done right. We stream music to millions of users every day, via web, iPhone, iPad, Sonos, and Android. Always free, and never any audio ads.

Songza has millions of monthly active users and is growing like crazy. To keep pace, we need to find the most awesome software engineers in New York. We're hoping you're one of them.

Our office is a funky, open space. It’s clean and colorful, and will never be featured in the Herman Miller catalog. We're in Long Island City, one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in New York. One stop from Grand Central Station. Easy to reach by subway from Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens. We don't have a rock-star chef to cook you free lunch every day, but we do have beer in the fridge, and microwave popcorn. And a 20+ million track music library to listen to all day long.

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The fine print:
  • We are unable to sponsor work visas.
  • No telecommuting.
  • Full-time only (no contractors).