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Re: [ruby-83] [JOB] - Atlanta Venture-Backed Startup: Salary (up to $130k) + Equity (up to 6%) + Benefits + Exit Path

From: Ken H.
Sent on: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 11:23 AM

On Oct 1, 2012, at 10:42 PM, Charles Brian Quinn <[address removed]> wrote:

Now *that* -- ladies and gentleman -- is a fantastic job posting!  Wow.

On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 8:19 PM, David Moeller <[address removed]> wrote:
Greetings Rubyists,
Are you interested in taking a chance? Are you tired of the safety of your corporate position or free-lance development?  Is there a feeling deep down inside that you can build a lasting product, impact every aspect of the technology stack, and love the experience?  Do you dream of founding your own startup one day?   

***Email: [address removed] if you are interested***

We're looking for one person to join our team.  And this person will be showered with compensation (on par with NYC/SF:: up to $130k DOE), equity (equivalent of a technology co-founder:: up to 6% DOE), and a benefits package that would make most HR managers at Fortune 500s cringe.  In return, we want a team player with a sense of urgency, attention to detail, strong written and verbal communication skills, and a strong tie to the products he or she builds.  It would be fantastic if you've built scalable web applications and know what EC2, S3, and RDS are. 

About Us
We've won a handful of startup competition awards, which doesn't mean much, but it isn't a bad sign. TechCrunch Disrupt, VentureAtlanta, ATDC/TAG CapVenture, and the MIT Enterprise Forum's Run It By the Pros.  We've raised almost $2M in capital from some of the top investors on the planet, which again, doesn't necessarily mean much, other than that you can be assured you will be paid.  We've also grown to close to 20,000 users and have close to 40 instances on Amazon powering our back-end.  Oh, and we have partnerships with some of the biggest companies in our space: CloudFlare (currently valued at >1Billion), Parallels (predicted to IPO this year), Namecheap (top rated domain name registrar in the world by LifeHacker), and I could go on and on.  We're a top 40 Innovative Company in Georgia, have garnered attention from USA Today and Inc Magazine, and really really don't want to leave Atlanta.  The founding team of CodeGuard has launched and exited several companies, and sees this as no different.

Lead Developer Posting

CodeGuard-ians are an elite, close-knit A-Team of enthusiastic developers, designers and business-folk. We’re working on one of the easiest-sounding (backups are simple, right?) hard problems on the internet today. There are hundreds of millions of websites on the internet today that have no protection from malware, development mistakes, hacking and server failures, and we want to put a stop to that.

You'll be helping us build new and innovative solutions to extremely difficult engineering challenges in a collaborative and fast paced environment. One day you could be working on sharding tables in our MySQL database to reduce query times, while the next could be building a new, user-facing feature in our Rails app. Or, you could be elbow deep in Ruby trying to shave a few seconds off of the millions of file comparisons we do every day.

These problems can be tough, but you’ll never face them alone. As a small engineering team, we like to make sure everyone is involved in the decision-making process. But, because the team is small, this also means that everyone has the freedom to implement solutions in the way they see fit, and must be able to work well independently with little or no supervision. We work fast, iterate even faster, and ship code several times a day; so your hard work will be impacting real users within hours of completion.

CodeGuard has world-class challenges, and we need world-class engineers to help solve them. If you’re a passionate software engineer who loves to code and isn’t intimidated by challenging problems we’d love to hear from you.



  • 5+ years experience building database-backed applications
  • Understanding of the various aspects involved in running a large-scale web application, and mastery of your favorite application framework
  • You function well in a fast-paced, informal environment where constant change is the norm and the bar for quality is set high
  • You have a technical background and a BS or MS in a computer-related or hard science field


  • You can concisely explain a deep, technical solution in a way my grandmother could understand
  • You communicate clearly and efficiently in verbal and written communication both inside and outside of the team
  • You are extremely comfortable working directly with customers/end-users and partners


  • Understand that programming languages are tools, not ideologies and are comfortable working in the right one for the task at hand (we use Ruby, PHP, and Javascript, mostly)
  • Demonstrated ability to master any programming domain, given a little time to do so
  • You have become an expert in more than one technology stack in your life, and you are comfortable with the idea of mastering several more
  • Test-driven development means something to you
  • Experience in a release-often environment using source control (we use git and capistrano)
  • Comfortable tweaking some CSS, tuning the database, updating a WordPress plugin and writing some server automation code, all in the same afternoon


  • Battle-worn MySQL knowledge, especially around scaling applications. You can talk at great length about how you've done this right and wrong at your previous jobs
  • Writing SQL queries by hand does not scare you. You can articulate the difference between stored procedures and triggers, as well as, inner and outer joins
  • Intense curiosity about bleeding edge storage and database solutions, but enough experience to know that ‘measure twice, cut once’ doesn’t just apply to construction


  • Comfortable working in a linux environment, bash scripts are your friends
  • Understanding of common protocols like HTTP, FTP, SFTP, and SSH
  • You think in milliseconds, terabytes, disk seeks, network latency and error rates

Bonus Points

  • Experience with Amazon Web Services, Git, WordPress, cPanel, or Plesk
  • Understanding of NoSQL databases like Mongo, Redis, Riak, and Cassandra
  • You feel comfortable doing things, even when no one is telling you exactly what to do
  • The idea of owning a large portion of a codebase fills you with joy
  • You take pleasure in helping others around you become better developers, and working to make the people around you successful
  • You are not wedded to any particular development philosophy or buzzword; instead you believe in adapting your skills to the needs and personalities on a team as it grows
  • Excellent typing ability in the presence of flying nerf darts

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