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Wanted: Inside Sales Account Executive

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-inside-sales-account-executive/

Job Description
Backblaze is looking for an Inside Sales Account Executive to join our Backblaze for Business sales team. This is an important role that will help determine the growth path of the company. Finding exceptional individuals who love working in a dynamic and challenging environment is our highest priority. We are searching for people who have successfully met and exceeded sales goals and would prefer to hire someone who has worked at a B2B Software as a Service or Data Protection company.

The History of Backblaze from our CEO
In 2007, after a friend’s computer crash caused her some suffering, we realized that with every photo, video, song, and document going digital, everyone would eventually lose all of their information. Five of us quit our jobs to start a company with the goal of making it easy for people to backup their data.

Like many startups, for a while we worked out of a co-founder’s one-bedroom apartment. Unlike most startups, we made an explicit agreement not to raise funding during the first year. We would then touch base every six months and decide whether to raise or not. We wanted to focus on building the company and the product, not on pitching and slide decks. And critically, we wanted to build a culture that understood money comes from customers, not the magical VC giving tree. Over the course of 5 years we built a profitable, multi-million dollar revenue business — and only then did we raise a VC round.

10 Years Later We Are a Growing & Thriving Company with

  • A brand millions recognize for openness, ease-of-use, and affordability.
  • A computer backup service that stores over 700 petabytes of data, has recovered over 35 billion files for hundreds of thousands of paying customers — most of whom self-identify as being the people that find and recommend technology products to their friends.
  • A growing, profitable and cash-flow positive company.
  • And last, but most definitely not least: a great sales team.

The Ideal Account Executive Candidate will

  • Have extensive B2B sales experience with a primary focus on companies <500 employees with strong brand recognition and demand generation activities.
  • Give excellent product demonstrations that use the customer’s pain points and needs to create a uniquely customized value proposition.
  • Have a track record of managing inbound interest while generating new pipeline through prospecting and referrals.
  • Knowing how to sell on value instead of relying on discounting.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the entire SaaS sales cycle from qualification to successful trial completion.
  • Focus primarily on qualifying and closing inbound leads while also self-generating sales pipeline with accounts that match our Ideal Customer Profile.
  • Deliver a compelling and customer-centric product demonstration.
  • Keep opportunities updated with accurate next steps to improve monthly forecast accuracy.
  • Provide input to product and marketing teams from conversations with customers and prospects.
  • Manage contract T’s & C’s negotiations during the sales process.
  • Regularly meet and exceed monthly quota targets after onboarding and ramp period.
  • Approach all deals with a customer-first “ready to help” mentality.
  • Work cross-functionally with different organizations such as Sales, Marketing, Customer Success, Support, Product Development, and Engineering.

Requirements

  • Articulate and execute a detailed plan for exceeding monthly sales targets.
  • 1-3 years of sales experience (in a closing role), preferably in SaaS platform software.
  • Ability to speak to executive-level decision-makers and ask intelligent questions about their business challenges and professional goals.
  • Track record of success by exceeding quota on a regular basis.
  • History of building new net business through prospecting and referrals.
  • Great communicator with the ability to convey authenticity through active listening.
  • Give persuasive and engaging product demonstrations.
  • Highly organized and able to balance dozens of accounts.
  • Adaptability to thrive in times of ambiguity but willing to raise your hand and ask for help when necessary.
  • Strong personal ethics with a competitive mindset. You want to earn a spot at the top of the leaderboard through hard work and continuous effort.
  • You have the desire and willingness to learn new job skills through independent study.
  • Knowledge of modern sales software including (but not limited to) Salesforce, Outreach, DiscoverOrg, Cirrus Insights, and UberConference.

This position is an experienced sales role with little to no travel requirements. Must be able to report into our San Mateo office daily.

Desirables

  • Understanding of modern sales process for SaaS.
  • Cloud backup solution landscape familiarity.
  • File backup terminology, use cases, and common pain points.
  • Creative and/or highly interpersonal background.
  • Achieving 90% of sales targets within 90 days of hire.

Benefits

  • Competitive healthcare plans
  • Competitive compensation and 401k
  • All employees receive option grants
  • Unlimited vacation days
  • Strong coffee
  • Fully stocked micro kitchen
  • Catered breakfast and lunches
  • Awesome people who work on awesome projects
  • New parent childcare bonus
  • Normal work hours
  • Get to bring your pets into the office
  • San Mateo Office — located near Caltrain and Highways 101 & 280

If this all sounds like you:

  1. Send an email to jobscontact@backblaze.com with the position in the subject line.
  2. Tell us a bit about your work history.
  3. Include your resume.

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Welcome Cheryl — Data Center Tech

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-cheryl-data-center-tech/

Our data center team continues to grow at a rapid pace as we’re now storing way over 600 petabytes of data! The latest addition to the team is Cheryl, who joins our team as a datacenter technician! Lets learn a bit more about Cheryl, shall we?

What is your Backblaze title?
Data Center Technician.

Where are you originally from?
I am originally from San Jose, CA.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
I am extremely inspired by the history of how Backblaze came to be, how far we have come and what it is today. I feel honored to be a part of something so special and rare.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
My desire is to expand my current Linux vocabulary while increasing my technical skills in the environment.

Where else have you worked?
I have a pretty eclectic working career. I started out in tech in the Silicon Valley prior and up to the “bubble burst” — providing support for Merrill Lynch, Hotmail, and Passport. During this time, I worked as a part-time sports model for Umbrella Girls USA, following AMA and Nascar. I then became a full-time mom and designed costumes for Umbrella Girls USA. A few years down the road, I re-entered the work force as a restaurant manager working for Stephanie Pearl at Marche, Tom Gallo at Galletto Ristorante, then Black Bear Diner here in Sacramento.

Where did you go to school?
I studied business at Sierra College and Computer Science/HIM through DeVry University.

What’s your dream job?
My dream job is in an environment where I can learn something new every day and be a part of a team working towards a common goal (on the beach).

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
My favorite place I have visited (so far) is Barbados. The people and culture are warm, generous, purposeful and progressive. All of my favorite qualities in one small island!

Favorite hobby?
My favorite hobby is spending time outdoors. I especially love backpacking and trail running.

Of what achievement are you most proud?
Being a mom is the greatest achievements I am most proud of and is the most important “hat” I wear.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek.

Coke or Pepsi?
Coke.

Favorite food?
Mexican.

Why do you like certain things?
Simply, I like certain things either because my senses tell me something may be good or I have just been exposed to it long enough.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I absolutely love life and all of the experiences that come with it. Every day I have something to learn as well as something to teach.

You’ll definitely learn a lot about Linux while on the data center team! Welcome aboard!

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Wanted: Paralegal and Compliance Analyst

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-paralegal-and-compliance-analyst/

Want to work at a company that helps customers in 156 countries around the world protect the memories they hold dear — a company that stores over 500 petabytes of customers’ photos, music, documents, and work files in a purpose-built cloud storage system?

Here’s your chance. Backblaze is looking for a Paralegal and Compliance Analyst!

Company Description:
Founded in 2007, Backblaze started with a mission to make backup software elegant and provide complete peace of mind. Over the course of almost a decade, we have become a pioneer in robust, scalable low cost cloud backup. Recently, we launched B2 — robust and reliable object storage at just $0.005/gb/mo. Part of our differentiation is being able to offer the lowest price of any of the big players while still being profitable.

We’ve managed to nurture a team oriented culture with amazingly low turnover. We value our people and their families. Don’t forget to check out our “About Us” page to learn more about the people and some of our perks.

We have built a profitable, high growth business. While we love our investors, we have maintained control over the business. That means our corporate goals are simple: grow sustainably and profitably.

Some Backblaze Perks:

  • Competitive healthcare plans
  • Competitive compensation and 401k
  • All employees receive option grants
  • Unlimited vacation days
  • Strong coffee
  • Fully stocked micro kitchen
  • Catered breakfast and lunches
  • Awesome people who work on awesome projects
  • New parent childcare bonus
  • Normal work hours
  • Get to bring your pets into the office
  • San Mateo Office — located near Caltrain and Highways 101 & 280

Paralegal and Compliance Analyst Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate and develop relationships with internal business teams and third parties to draft a variety of corporate, contract and operational matters, obtaining approvals and signatures, and maintaining electronic and physical files
  • Serve as the primary representative for all privacy inquiries, audits and on-going efforts
  • Lead the continuous improvement of the privacy compliance program and risk assessment process, including maintenance of written policies and procedures
  • Work across organizational teams to ensure that privacy processes are fully understood and implemented, including remediation of instances of noncompliance
  • Draft legal documents for corporate governance including Board meeting minutes, corporate resolutions and consents, corporate entity management, and equity matters
  • Assist in gathering information and documents in response to legal cases, subpoenas, and administrative agency requests
  • Manage tools for documenting and tracking compliance with data privacy obligations
  • Coordinate annual review of privacy-related certifications
  • Assist with the management of external counsel, track invoices for compliance with policies and budget

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years of paralegal experience, with experience in both law firm and/or in-house technology company environments
  • Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year university or equivalent
  • Familiarity with regulations and certifications like GDPR, SOC II, HIPPA, PCI, etc.
  • Experience with data analytics software and tools such as SQL, Tableau, Excel, Google Sheets
  • Must be organized and have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be proactive, flexible, self-starter, and a good team player

If this all sounds like you:

  1. Send an email to jobscontact@backblaze.com with the position in the subject line.
  2. Tell us a bit about your work history.
  3. Include your resume.

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Backblaze Cloud Backup Release 5.4

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/backblaze-cloud-backup-release-5-4/

New Backblaze Release

We’re releasing an update today for Backblaze Cloud Backup, version 5.4! This is a smaller release, but it does provide some bug fixes and adds in some building blocks for future releases.

What’s New:

  • Windows
  • Mac
    • Support for Dark Mode
    • Mojave Advanced Privacy Protections Support
    • Mojave Installation Flow
    • Minor bug fixes

Release Version Number:
Mac — 5.4.0
PC — 5.4.0

Availability:
October 4th, 2018

Cost:
Free for Backblaze Cloud Backup consumer and business customers and active trial users.

Upgrade Methods:

  • Immediately when performing a “Check for Updates” (right-click on the Backblaze icon and then select “Check for Updates”).
  • Immediately as a download from: https://secure.backblaze.com/update.htm.
  • Immediately as the default download from: www.backblaze.com.
  • Auto-update will begin soon.

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Backblaze and macOS 10.14 Mojave

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/mojave-permissions/

Last week, Apple released macOS 10.14 “Mojave.” Many Backblaze users experienced a less-than-ideal update experience. We wanted to take a moment to summarize what happened, how to fix the issue, and what we’re doing to avoid this in the future.

If you’re updating or have updated to Mojave, please make sure you are running the latest version of Backblaze and once Mojave is installed enable Full Disk Access by following these steps: Mojave FAQ.

What Happened

With macOS 10.14, Apple released a new privacy flow. These privacy protections closely mirror how apps behave on iOS devices. Specifically, the user is asked for permission when an app needs access to certain features or functions (like using the camera or accessing contacts).

Backblaze is designed around ease of use and having a comprehensive backup, and as a result backs up all user data by default. Because of this, we are in a unique position where we need access to all computer files in order to back them up. This was previously possible with root access but is no longer the case with Mojave as the user needs to explicitly grant Full Disk Access to Backblaze in order for us to back up your photos, calendar, contacts, Safari bookmarks, etc.

As a result of the privacy changes Backblaze users updating to Mojave saw their “files selected for backup” numbers decrease as directories were essentially silently excluded from backup. The solution was relatively simple: grant Backblaze’s bzserv full disk access. However, we quickly realized this was a cumbersome process because you had to unpack the Backblaze package, and so we have rewritten the app to be more streamlined. The bad news is that this means that people who had already granted Full Disk Access will need to do so again using the new method detailed above. The good news is that this is now an easier process.

Since Mojave released, we have been letting users know the actions needed to enable permissions. We have also updated our app to provide convenient how-to instructions. When you upgrade to our new app, three windows will open on your machine:

  1. The Applications folder with the Backblaze app
  2. The Security & Privacy settings pane where you grant permissions
  3. An animated GIF showing you exactly what to do

Going Forward

While we test our service on beta OS releases for both Mac & Windows, the edge-cases in the final Mojave release and the way that Backblaze interacts with those edge cases meant that this time we had to play catch-up. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience to our customers.

We’re also currently reviewing the circumstances of this launch to see what we can do differently next time to make sure the next macOS releases are as smooth as the previous ones!

Again, we are sorry for any hassle you have experienced related to the interaction between our previous application and the new Mojave system. And thank you for your patience as we sorted things out.

If You Have Updated to Mojave Or Are Planning To Do So

  1. Make sure that you are running the latest Backblaze client (latest version found here).
  2. Make sure that Backblaze has Full Disk Access as described in the Mojave FAQ.
  3. Make sure your other programs have not been adversely affected by the update.

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Help Wanted: Data Center Technician

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/help-wanted-data-center-technician/

Wanted

Want to work at a company that helps customers in 156 countries around the world protect the memories they hold dear — a company that stores over 500 petabytes of customers’ photos, music, documents, and work files in a purpose-built cloud storage system?

Here’s your chance. Backblaze is looking for a Data Center Technician!

Company Description:
Founded in 2007, Backblaze started with a mission to make backup software elegant and provide complete peace of mind. Over the course of almost a decade, we have become a pioneer in robust, scalable low cost cloud backup. Recently, we launched B2, robust and reliable object storage, at just $0.005/gb/mo. Part of our differentiation is being able to offer the lowest price of any of the big players while still being profitable.

We’ve managed to nurture a team-oriented culture with amazingly low turnover. We value our people and their families. Don’t forget to check out our “About Us” page to learn more about the people and some of our perks.

We have built a profitable, high growth business. While we love our investors, we have maintained control over the business. That means our corporate goals are simple: grow sustainably and profitably.

Some Backblaze Perks:

  • Competitive healthcare plans
  • Competitive compensation and 401k
  • All employees receive option grants
  • Unlimited vacation days
  • Strong coffee
  • Fully stocked micro kitchen
  • Catered lunches
  • Awesome people who work on awesome projects
  • New parent childcare bonus
  • Normal work hours

Want to know what you’ll be doing?

  • Work as Backblaze’s physical presence in Sacramento area datacenter(s)
  • Help maintain physical infrastructure including racking equipment, replacing hard drives and other system components
  • Repair and troubleshoot defective equipment with minimal supervision
  • Support datacenter’s 24×7 staff to install new equipment, handle after hours emergencies, and other tasks
  • Help manage onsite inventory of hard drives, cables, rails, and other spare parts
  • RMA defective components
  • Set up, test and activate new equipment via the Linux command line
  • Help train new datacenter technicians as needed
  • Help with projects to install new systems and services as time allows
  • Follow and improve data center best practices and documentation
  • Maintain a clean and well organized work environment
  • On-call responsibilities require being within an hour of the SunGard’s Rancho Cordova/Roseville facility and occasional trips onsite 24×7 to resolve issues that can’t be handled remotely
  • Work days may include Saturday and/or Sunday (e.g. working Tuesday – Saturday)

Requirements

  • Excellent communication, time management, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Ability to lift/move 50-75 lbs and work down near the floor on a daily basis
  • Position based near Sacramento, California and may require periodic visits to the corporate office in San Mateo
  • May require travel to other data centers to provide coverage and/or to assist with new site set-up.

If this all sounds like you:

  1. Send an email to jobscontact@backblaze.com with the position in the subject line.
  2. Tell us a bit about your work history.
  3. Include your resume.

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Welcome Ebony — Data Center Tech

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-ebony-data-center-tech/

Ebony

One of the positions that we’re continually hiring for at Backblaze is for Data Center Technician. As we store more and more data, we need to make sure that all of our physical drives and servers are running smoothly, and that’s what the techs do on a daily basis. The newest addition to that team is Ebony! Lets learn a bit more about her shall we?

What is your Backblaze Title?
Data Center Tech.

Where are you originally from?
Berkeley, California.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
The Friendly People.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
More about Linux.

Where else have you worked?
Sungard.

Where did you go to school?
Berkeley High.

What’s your dream job?
Football player.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
Vegas.

Favorite hobby?
Reading.

Of what achievement are you most proud?
Bettering myself.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek.

Coke or Pepsi?
Pepsi.

Favorite food?
Meatloaf.

Why do you like certain things?
Because certain things like me.

Anything else you’d like you’d like to tell us?
Keep up the good work.

We’ll be sure to keep up the good work and are stoked that you’ve joined our data center crew! Welcome aboard!

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Mac and iOS Users: Remember to Back Up Before You Upgrade!

Post Syndicated from Roderick Bauer original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/mac-and-ios-users-remember-to-back-up-before-you-upgrade/

macOS Mojave

New versions of Apple’s operating systems are coming to your iPhone and Mac in the next week! iOS 12 was released today, and macOS 10.14 “Mojave” is available a week from today on September 24. If you’re planning to upgrade your Mac or iOS devices with Apple’s newest software, you should make it a point to back up before you install anything new.

The new releases were announced in June at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which gathers thousands of Apple developers from around the world each year. It’s a familiar annual processional: Apple introduces new versions of both the Mac and iOS operating systems. They’re tested by developers and the public throughout the summer.

Back up Early and Often

Changing your Mac or iPhone’s operating system isn’t like installing a new version of an app, even though Apple has tried to make it a relatively simple process. Operating system software is essential software for these devices, and how it works has a cascading effect on all the other apps and services you depend on.

If you’re not currently backing up, it’s easy to get started using our 3-2-1 Backup Strategy. The idea behind the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy is that there should be three copies of your data: The main one you use, a local backup copy, and a remote copy, stored at a secure offsite data center like Backblaze. It’s served us and thousands of our customers very well over the years, so we recommend it unabashedly. Also check out our Mac Backup Guide.

Our advice is to make sure to back up all of your systems before installing operating system software, even final released software. It’s better to be safe rather than sorry, especially where the safety and security of your data are concerned.

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The Maltese MacBook

Post Syndicated from Roderick Bauer original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/the-maltese-macbook/

Still from the 1941 John Huston film, The Maltese Falcon, with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet

Last year we decided to use Apple’s big fall announcement day to talk about backing up Windows computers. This year we’re continuing the tradition of writing something that runs a bit counter to all the hoopla with a tongue-in-cheek post in the style of hardboiled detective fiction entitled, “The Maltese MacBook,” with apologies to Dashiell Hammett.

— Editor

It was a Wednesday and it would have been just like any other Wednesday except Apple was making its big fall product announcements. Just my luck, I had to work in the San Francisco store, which meant that I was the genius who got to answer all the questions.

I had just finished helping a customer who claimed that Siri was sounding increasingly impatient answering his questions when I looked up and saw her walk in the door.

Her blonde hair was streaked with amethyst highlights and she was wearing a black leather tutu and polished kneehigh Victorian boots. Brightly colored tattoos of Asian characters ran up both of her forearms and her neck. Despite all that, she wouldn’t particularly stand out in San Francisco, but her cobalt-blue eyes held me and wouldn’t let me go. She rapidly reduced the distance between the door and where I stood behind the counter at the back of the store.

She plopped a Surface Pro computer on the counter in front of me.

“I lost my data,” she said.

I knew I’d seen her before, but I couldn’t place where.

“That’s a Windows computer,” I said.

She leaned over the counter towards me. Her eyes were even brighter and bluer close up.

“Tell me something I don’t know, genius,” she replied.

Then I remembered where I’d seen her. She was on Press: Here a while back talking about her new startup. She was head of software engineering for a Google spinoff. Angels all over the valley were fighting to throw money at her project. I had been sitting in my boxers eating cold pizza and watching her talk on TV about AI for Blockchain ML.

She was way out of my league.

“I was in Valletta on a business trip using my MacBook Pro,” she said. “I was reading Verlaine on the beach when a wave came in and soaked Reggie. ‘Reggie’ is my MacBook Pro. Before I knew it, it was all over.”

Her eyes misted up.

“You know that there isn’t an Apple store in Malta, don’t you?” she said.

“We have a reseller there,” I replied.

“But they aren’t geniuses, are they?” she countered.

“No, they’re not.” She had me there.

“I had no choice but to buy this Surface Pro at a Windows shop on Strait Street to get me through the conference. It’s OK, but it’s not Reggie. I came in today to get everything made right. You can do that for me, can’t you?”

I looked down at the Surface Pro. We weren’t supposed to work on other makes of computers. It was strictly forbidden in the Genius Training Student Workbook. Alarms were going off in my head telling me to be careful:  this dame meant nothing but trouble.

“Well?” she said.

I made the mistake of looking at her and lingering just a little too long. Her eyes were both shy and probing at the same time. I felt myself falling head over heels into their inky-blue depths.

I shook it off and gradually crawled back to consciousness. I told myself that if a customer’s computer needs help, it doesn’t make any difference what you think of the computer, or which brand it is. She’s your customer, and you’re supposed to do something about it. That’s the way it works. Damn the Genius Training Student Workbook.

“OK,” I said. “Let’s take care of this.”

I asked her whether she had files on the Surface Pro she needed to save. She told me that she used Backblaze Cloud Backup on both the new Surface Pro and her old MacBook Pro. My instincts had been right. This lady was smart.

“That will make it much easier,” I told her. “We’ll just download the backed up files for both your old Macbook Pro and your Surface Pro from Backblaze and put them on a new MacBook Pro. We’ll be done in just a few minutes. You know about Backblaze’s Inherit Backup State, right? It lets you move your account to a new computer, restore all your files from your backups to the computer, and start backing up again without having to upload all your files again to the cloud.

“What do you think?” she asked.

I assumed she meant that she already knew all about Inherit Backup State, so I went ahead and configured her new computer.

I was right. It took me just a little while to get her new MacBook Pro set up and the backed up files restored from the Backblaze cloud. Before I knew it, I was done.

“Thanks” she said. “You’ve saved my life.”

Saved her life? My head was spinning.

She turned to leave. I wanted to stop her before she left. I wanted to tell her about my ideas for an AI-based intelligent customer support agent. Maybe she’d be impressed. But she was already on her way towards the door.

I thought she was gone forever but she stopped just before the door. She flipped her hair back over her shoulder as she turned to look at me.

“You really are a genius.”

She smiled and walked out of the store and out of my life. My eyes lingered on the swinging door as she crossed the street and disappeared into the anonymous mass of humanity.

I thought to myself: she’ll be back. She’ll be back to get a charger, or a Thunderbolt to USB-C adaptor, or Magsafe to USB-C, or Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2, or USB-C to Lightning, or USB-A to USB-C, or DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort, or HDMI to DisplayPort, or vice versa.

Yes, she’ll be back.

I panicked. Maybe she’ll take the big fall for Windows and I’ll never see her again. What if that happened?

Then I realized I was just being a sap. Snap out of it! I’ll wait for her no matter what happens.

She deserves that.

The Maltese Falcon

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Welcome Athrea – Jr. Support Technician

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-athrea-jr-support-technician/

As Backblaze grows, one of the departments that grows right along with it is our support team! We do all of our support in-house from our headquarters and as we get more and more customers, the number of tickets that we receive daily also increases. To help us with those tickets, we have a brand new Jr. Support Tech! Athrea! Lets learn a bit more about her shall we?

What is your Backblaze Title?
Jr. Support Technician

Where are you originally from?
Born in the Philippines, but was raised here in San Francisco.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
The environment and the mission. While I was on site for my interview I was informed of the company’s mission and core values. I was amazed by Backblaze’s values and its aim.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
I love to learn and anything they are willing to teach me, I would be grateful to take part in.

Where else have you worked?
In many many different places. I’ve dabbled in many different jobs. From bookstores to huge companies. I wanted to find a place I could feel comfortable at.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
I love to travel, but so far my favorite place is an island in the Philippines called Palawan. It was absolutely beautiful. There are a few islands in Palawan that I could visit, but I went to Puerto Princesa and went to the Underground River.

Favorite hobby?
Reading, games, taking pictures, writing, watching movies and TV, exploring. I am currently still trying to finish Final Fantasy XV and Zelda Breath of the Wild. I love taking pictures. It’s been a hobby of mine since I was in high school. My cousin and I love to explore San Francisco, we love to drive around and then park the car. We’d walk around trying to discover little things about SF.

Of what achievement are you most proud?
Achieving where I said I’d be at three years ago. Three years ago, I said to myself that I would go back to school and be in the industry that I wanted to be in.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Both? I can’t decide. I grew up watching Star Trek with my grams and Star Wars with my cousins. They both mean something to me.

Coke or Pepsi?
Coke. I’m sorry Pepsi, but Coke.

Black iced tea?
Yes, please. I love Black tea. White tea is lovely too.

Favorite food?
Anything chicken, veggies, or seafood. I don’t eat red meat. I don’t really eat pork either, but bacon is just too hard to resist sometimes.

Why do you like certain things?
Too much knowledge. When I learn something new about something and I find it to be interesting, I would dive into it headfirst. I love doing research and discovering new things.

Anything else you’d like you’d like to tell us?
I’m excited to join the team.

We’re excited to have you on the team! Welcome aboard!

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Welcome Cameron — Senior DevOps Engineer

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-cameron-senior-devops-engineer/

Backblaze continues to grow and our operations team is growing right along with it. The latest person to join our operations team is Cameron, our Senior DevOps Engineer. Lets learn a bit more about Cameron shall we?

What is your Backblaze Title?
Senior DevOps Engineer.

Where are you originally from?
Hayward, CA.

What attracted your to Backblaze?
The amazing coworkers and environment.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
A lot about large scale physical infrastructure.

Where else have you worked?
Redbeacon and Datanyze.

Where did you go to school?
Sonoma State.

What’s your dream job?
This one! Or maybe a pilot or race car driver.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
London.

Favorite hobby?
UAVs, cooking, driving, and gaming.

Of what achievement are you most proud?
I am a nationally listed high performance driving instructor.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Both!

Coke or Pepsi?
Coke.

Favorite Food?
Pizza.

Why do you like certain things?
I like solving complex problems, almost more than actually using the solution.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I love the Grateful Dead and go to or listen live online to around 50 shows per year.

Welcome aboard Cameron!

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Wanted: DevOps Business Analyst

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-devops-business-analyst/

As a DevOps Business Analyst, you will apply your expertise in data analytics to inform decision making, help optimize business growth, and improve the efficiency of Backblaze’s data center operations. A successful candidate must be able to develop tools and reports that provide insight and highlight potential issues. The tools developed should be easy to use, and reports should be clear, visual, on demand, interactive, and with a high level of detail.

Responsibilities:

  • Produce forecasts and analysis to provide insight into capacity planning, resource utilization, operational efficiency, SLA compliance, and risk management.
  • Analyze operational costs normalized to business metrics like storage capacity ($/GB), power provided ($/kW), etc.
  • Present and explain statistical/forecasting analyses visually to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Bring together Backblaze internal information and market data to help leaders understand operational related growth issues.
  • Demonstrate judgment and discretion when dealing with sensitive information.

Sample projects:

  • Forecast capital equipment needs for servers and storage based on sales forecast.
  • Model total cost of ownership (TCO) for data centers including direct costs like power and rent, as well as indirect costs such as taxes.
  • Forecast future storage requirements, data center power and network bandwidth by data center and region.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS or BA in a quantitative field (e. g., Finance, Economics, Math, Operations Research, Statistics, Data Science, Management Science, Social Sciences, etc.).
  • Experience with analytic tools (spreadsheets, etc.).
  • 4+ years experience in an analytical role, ideally in an environment requiring supply chain management (e.g. manufacturing, high growth data centers, etc.).
  • Experience presenting to leadership and working collaboratively with other cross-functional partners.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with SQL and data visualization software, such as Tableau.
  • Experience in forecasting methods and techniques such as trend analysis, longitudinal analysis, clustering, categorical analysis, business simulations, etc.
  • MBA or Masters degree in a quantitative field.

Interested in Joining Our Team?
If this sounds like you, follow these steps:

  1. Send an email to jobscontact@backblaze.com with the position in the subject line.
  2. Include your resume and cover letter.
  3. Tell us a bit about your experience.

Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Help Wanted: Senior Staff Accountant

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/help-wanted-senior-staff-accountant/

Want to work at a company that helps customers in 156 countries around the world protect the memories they hold dear? A company that stores over 500 petabytes of customers’ photos, music, documents and work files in a purpose-built cloud storage system?

Well here’s your chance. Backblaze is looking for a Senior Staff Accountant!

Company Description:
Founded in 2007, Backblaze started with a mission to make backup software elegant and provide complete peace of mind. Over the course of almost a decade, we have become a pioneer in robust, scalable low cost cloud backup. Recently, we launched B2 — robust and reliable object storage at just $0.005/gb/mo. Part of our differentiation is being able to offer the lowest price of any of the big players while still being profitable.

We’ve managed to nurture a team oriented culture with amazingly low turnover. We value our people and their families. Don’t forget to check out our “About Us” page to learn more about the people and some of our perks.

We have built a profitable, high growth business. While we love our investors, we have maintained control over the business. That means our corporate goals are simple — grow sustainably and profitably.

Some Backblaze Perks:

  • Competitive healthcare plans
  • Competitive compensation and 401k
  • All employees receive option grants
  • Unlimited vacation days
  • Strong coffee
  • Fully stocked micro kitchen
  • Catered breakfast and lunches
  • Awesome people who work on awesome projects
  • New parent childcare bonus
  • Normal work hours
  • Get to bring your pets into the office
  • San Mateo Office — located near Caltrain and Highways 101 & 280

Senior Staff Accountant Responsibilities:

  • Accurately prepare complex accruals, journal entries and balance sheet reconciliations as part of the monthly, quarterly and annual close process.
  • Ability to research and apply fundamental accounting theories and concepts under US GAAP.
  • Maintain fixed asset ledger, which includes interacting with equipment leasing companies, facilitating leasing documentation and interactions with various departments.
  • Conduct periodic physical inventory counts working with Operations.
  • Prepare schedules and documentation for external audits, internal control audits and various other regulatory audits.
  • Identify and implement process improvements to help reduce time to close, improve upon accuracy of underlying accounting records and enhance internal controls.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA highly preferred.
  • 5+ years relevant accounting experience.
  • Big 4 experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge of inventory and cycle counting preferred.
  • Prior experience working with Quickbooks, Excel, Word experience desired.
  • Positive work ethic, strong analytical and organizational skills with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively across functional areas in a collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

If this all sounds like you:

  1. Send an email to jobscontact@backblaze.com with the position in the subject line.
  2. Tell us a bit about your work history.
  3. Include your resume.

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What To Do When You Get a B2 503 (or 500) Server Error

Post Syndicated from Brian Wilson original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/b2-503-500-server-error/

Backblaze logo
Just try again — it’s free, easy, and will work.

Seriously, that’s it. Occasionally, I’ll see questions that amount to, “I’m getting a 503 error; does that mean B2 is down?” To address that question, I wanted to take today’s post to go into a bit more detail on how to handle a 500 or 503 error. The short answer is no. B2 is not down. It simply means that B2 is functioning as designed as the most affordable, easy to use cloud storage service on the planet.

As we’ve described in our developer docs, the best decision is to write your integration in a way that it retries in the event of a 500 or 503. This modest amount of upfront work will result in a stable and transparent long term experience.

The Backblaze Contract Architecture

To understand the vast majority of B2 500 and 503 errors, it’s helpful to go into the “contract architecture” for B2. To create a service that is fully scalable at incredibly low cost, Backblaze has had to innovate in a number of areas. One way is what we refer to as “contract architecture.” It’s the approach that let us cut a large expense in traditional cloud storage infrastructure — high bandwidth load balancers for uploads.

Here’s how it works: when a client wants to push data to Backblaze, it contacts a “dispatching server.” That dispatching server figures out where there data will ultimately live inside a given Backblaze data center.

The dispatching server tells the client “there is space over on vault-9015.

Armed with that information (and an auth token), the client ends its connection with the dispatching server and creates a brand new request directly to vault-9015. The “contract” concept is not novel: ultimately, all APIs are contracts between two entities (machines). In the B2 case, our design leverages that insight as the client and vault negotiate how they will work together. In this example, once authenticated, the client continues to transmit to vault-9015 until it’s done or the vault fills up (or happens to go offline). In those instances, all the client has to do is return to the dispatching server to get information for the next available vault. This is a relatively trivial step and can be easily handled at the software level.

What Causes a B2 500 or 503 Error Response?

The client knows when to go back to the dispatching server because it receives (wait for it) a 500 or 503 error from vault-9015. The system is designed to send a firm message that says, in effect, “stop uploading to vault-9015.” We documented the specifics of what happens where in the B2 error handling protocols. The bottom line is an error in the 500 block should be interpreted by the client as the signal to GO BACK to the dispatching server and ask for a new vault for uploads. Rinse and repeat. It’s a free process that causes negligible incremental overhead.

What if, after getting a 503 and asking the dispatch server for a new URL, you try to upload and get ANOTHER 503 from the new vault? To address this unusual case, write your software to pause for a few seconds, then go back to the dispatch server. In this scenario, the user has hit a statistically unusual situation where the user was told to go to a vault with very little space left and somebody else got there and filled up that space. The second 503 is a sign the system is functioning as designed. Your program can elegantly handle it by going back to the dispatch server.

Other services, notably, Amazon S3, provide the client with a “well known URL.” The client can merrily push data to the URL and Amazon handles load balancing and finding open storage space after receiving the data. That’s a totally valid approach, but objectively more expensive as it involves high bandwidth load balancers. There are other interesting implications to the load balancing scenario. If you’re interested, I wrote a blog post on the difference between the two approaches.

As I discussed in that post, the contract architecture does introduce some complexity when the client has to go back to the dispatching server. But, for that modest amount of error handling upfront, we help fuel Backblaze B2 as an infinitely scalable, fully sustainable service that has and will continue to be the affordability leader in the object storage market.

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Access Issues on Mobile Apps

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/access-issues-on-mobile-apps/

Some users may experience access issues on our mobile apps until around September 20, 2018. We are sorry for any trouble this may cause and recommend using our mobile website to view and restore files in the meantime.

What’s Happening:
As part of a large infrastructure project, we are working on the underlying code in our mobile apps. However, as we near the end of the project, some customers may experience access issues until late September. This infrastructure project lays the groundwork that will support continued development of our mobile apps (and we just hired more folks to help with that!).

Who’s Affected:
Most users should not experience any issues, but if you do find yourself unable to log in, this may be why. We expect the work to be completed on or around September 20, 2018.

Accessing Files via The Mobile Web:
For users wanting to access their Backblaze account on their phones, the mobile browser is still a good option. To restore a file from the mobile web, go to www.backblaze.com from your mobile browser of choice, log in, and then select the file you wish to download in the View/Restore files tab. In last year’s update we also provided the ability to download single files in just one click.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience and will get mobile apps back up and running soon!

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Welcome Skip — Director of Product Marketing, B2 Media and Entertainment

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-skip-director-of-product-marketing-b2-media-and-entertainment/

Skip

Backblaze continues to grow, and B2 Cloud Storage is growing rapidly right along with it. One area where B2 excels is offering simple, low-cost storage for media and entertainment companies. To help foster those relationships, we’ve brought on Skip to help steward the M&E side of B2 Cloud Storage. Lets learn a bit more about Skip shall we?

What is your Backblaze Title?
Director of Product Marketing, B2 Media and Entertainment.

Where are you originally from?
I was born in San Diego, and raised in both San Diego North County and the Bay Area.

What attracted your to Backblaze?
I’ve always admired Backblaze — the people, the approach to growing a business, the openness and transparency. I’ve always looked for ways to work with the company while at previous companies, and am so excited to join.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
Everything! By which I mean everything about Backblaze, and what a truly open, inquisitive, approach that focuses on what the customer wants to accomplish in media and entertainment will lead to, and how to deliver incredible new ways for our customers’ storytelling and production in the modern age.

Where else have you worked?
At Apple I was a Technology Evangelist for their media and entertainment ecosystem, including Final Cut Pro, Xsan, Xserve and Xserve RAID. Before that I drove Alain Pinel’s Marketing and Technology using NeXT workstations! Since Apple I’ve worked at large companies like Quantum, and small M+E storage startups.

Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Berkeley High, then San Jose State. The Marine Corps sent me to a ton of schools, too.

What’s your dream job?
A place where ideas and values matter, smart, customer-focused and unconventional ‘reach for something truly great’ wins over rote, ‘turn-the-crank’ and ‘good-enough’.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
Devon Island — the largest uninhabited island on earth, only a few hundred miles from the North Pole.

Favorite Hobby?
Lately it’s been cooking! But writing, and personal software projects, usually.

Of what achievement are you most proud?
Leading the Virginia Tech team to build the worlds fastest supercomputer in Education on a terrifyingly short timeline.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek. I’ve always been drawn to the ‘let’s explore’ ethos and mission.

Coke or Pepsi?
Coca-Cola BlaK! It was crazy good — coffee infused Coke!

Favorite Food?
Margherita pizza.

Why do you like certain things?
I’m drawn to learning how things work. As a kid I took everything apart to see how it worked. I’ve learned that the one thing you’re most afraid of is exactly what you should explore next.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I’ve been based in the Hill Country outside of Austin Texas for several years, and can’t wait to home-base in the Bay Area again.

Welcome aboard Skip. While we can’t really keep Coca-Cola BlaK in stock, we will certainly have some strong coffee and Coke Classic around!

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Welcome John – CFO/COO

Post Syndicated from Gleb Budman original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-john-cfo-coo/

Backblaze and most U.S. companies are incorporated in Delaware, which requires assigning a President and Secretary. As good practice and typically required to do business in other states, companies also assign a Chief Financial Officer (CFO). When we started Backblaze over a decade ago, we listed Brian Wilson (co-founder and CTO) as the CFO. BrianW always joked he was the least qualified person for the role as he never balanced his checkbook. He was being modest – in reality he put together simple processes to follow to track finances and kept detailed records.

As Backblaze grew, our finances became more complex. We switched from spreadsheets to Quickbooks and from cash-based accounting to GAAP accounting; went from one product line to three; hired people in multiple states; etc. Luckily we recruited an amazing finance person, Cecilia, who became our controller and made all of this happen.

As we open new data centers, expand internationally, and generally keep growing our finances have become even more complex. We wanted help not only with the workload, but also with visibility and planning, and started thinking it was time for us to recruit a CFO.

But finance wasn’t the only area that grew: HR and legal functions did as well. As we contemplated the role, we ideally wanted someone who would love and care for those areas as well.

I’m thrilled to have John join our team as CFO and Chief Operating Officer (COO), taking on finance, legal, HR, and corporate IT. John has led finance for startups and public companies, is strategic while digging into the details, is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met, and comes with no ego but a passion for learning and helping. Lets learn a bit more about John!

What is your Backblaze Title?
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Where are you originally from?
Born in Vietnam but immigrated to the Bay Area when I was 1 year old.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
Taking on the challenges of growing a company along the side of some really, really smart folks.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
Having seen how technology can advance the efforts to finding a cure for various diseases or improving the lives of patients, I wanted to learn firsthand what it takes to build and sustain a tech business from a team made up of fantastic individuals at all levels of the organization.

Where else have you worked?
Prior to graduating, I was a pharmacy tech, research associate and teaching assistant while attending UCSB and a QA associate at Genentech. Started my professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and have held executive leadership roles in multiple medical device and biotech companies.

Where did you go to school?
I attended the University of California, Santa Barbara.

What’s your dream job?
My dream jobs are the ones I am a part of a team building something special.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
Japan has been my favorite country to visit.

Favorite hobby?
Traveling and getting to know/experience the local culture of the countries I have visited.

Of what achievement are you most proud?
My most significant achievement has to be the families I have cultivated and have been a part of – both on a personal and a professional level.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Wars.

Coke or Pepsi?
Coke.

Favorite food?
Hard to narrow down to one particular food because I love all types of food, especially the local cuisines of the countries I have visited.

Why do you like certain things?
I like what makes me and those important to me happy, which could be as simple as reading a book with my kids to contributing my efforts towards a greater cause like finding a cure for cancer.

Anything else you’d like you’d like to tell us?
Otherwise, I am pretty boring so not much else of note.

Welcome aboard John, we’re happy to have you!

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Welcome Vanna — Office Administrator

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-vanna-office-administrator/

Backblaze is growing quickly and we need good folks to help keep this well-oiled machine well oiled! The role of an office administrator is one of the most important in the company. If things start falling apart everyone feels it, and we needed a new office administrator to take over the reins after our previous office admin, JC, joined another department. Vanna joined us recently and is already instrumental in keeping the wheels on this Backblaze bus. Let’s learn a bit more about Vanna shall we?

What is your Backblaze Title?
Office Administrator.

Where are you originally from?
Tracy, California.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
The product and service that Backblaze provides. Being a non tech-saavy person, I really wanted to learn more about what cloud storage is and how I could use it to protect all the important files that I have.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
I expect to learn a lot about our product and what it’s like to work in the tech industry. This will be a whole new field for me so I am really excited to be in a new environment and to be a part of a team that is incredibly dedicated to the service we provide.

Where else have you worked?
I’ve worked at two different preschools, Target and even Starbucks!

What’s your dream job?
My dream job would be to travel around the world and experience new places and great food. To be able to do that and get paid for it would be ideal. 😉

Where did you go to school?
UC Santa Barbara. Go Gauchos!

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
Definitely New Orleans. The culture, food, and people were absolutely intriguing and fun to learn about. It was amazing to be in such a lively city filled with delicious food!

Favorite Hobby?
Some of my favorite hobbies are doing outdoors activities whether it be snowboarding, hiking, biking, rock climbing, or even walking my dogs. I enjoy staying active and being outside. I am also that person who could lie on her couch all day and watch television. 🙂

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Wars!

Coke or Pepsi?
Oh, Coke for sure!

Favorite Food?
Sushi!! I can’t get enough of it.

Of what achievement are you most proud?
One achievement that I am proud of is graduating college. Being the first generation in America, my immigrant grandparents and parents worked really hard to provide me with the opportunity to go to college. So being able to bring home a degree after years of education made me very proud of myself.

Why do you like certain things?
I like certain things because those things typically make me happy. It could be food; it could be places to go; and it could be the people I’m around, but either way they tend to bring happiness into my life.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I have an amazingly supportive family and two shiba inu dogs named Hiro and Luna who tend to keep me sane or insane — it really depends on the day. 🙂

When we were interviewing Vanna we joked that running the Backblaze office would be very similar to her previous job of working in a preschool. Luckily that didn’t frighten her off. Welcome aboard Vanna!

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Wanted: Data Center Technician – Sacramento, CA

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-data-center-technician/

Want to work at a company that helps customers in 156 countries around the world protect the memories they hold dear? A company that stores over 500 petabytes of customers’ photos, music, documents and work files in a purpose-built cloud storage system?

Well here’s your chance. Backblaze is looking for a Data Center Technician!

Company Description:
Founded in 2007, Backblaze started with a mission to make backup software elegant and provide complete peace of mind. Over the course of almost a decade, we have become a pioneer in robust, scalable low cost cloud backup. Recently, we launched B2 – robust and reliable object storage at just $0.005/gb/mo. Part of our differentiation is being able to offer the lowest price of any of the big players while still being profitable.

We’ve managed to nurture a team oriented culture with amazingly low turnover. We value our people and their families. Don’t forget to check out our “About Us” page to learn more about the people and some of our perks.

We have built a profitable, high growth business. While we love our investors, we have maintained control over the business. That means our corporate goals are simple – grow sustainably and profitably.

Some Backblaze Perks:

  • Competitive healthcare plans
  • Competitive compensation and 401k
  • All employees receive Option grants
  • Unlimited vacation days
  • Strong coffee
  • Fully stocked Micro kitchen
  • Catered breakfast and lunches
  • Awesome people who work on awesome projects
  • New Parent Childcare bonus

Want to know what you’ll be doing?

  • Work as Backblaze’s physical presence in Sacramento area datacenter(s)
  • Help maintain physical infrastructure including racking equipment, replacing hard drives and other system components
  • Repair and troubleshoot defective equipment with minimal supervision
  • Support datacenter’s 24×7 staff to install new equipment, handle after hours emergencies and other tasks
  • Help manage onsite inventory of hard drives, cables, rails and other spare parts
  • RMA defective components
  • Setup, test and activate new equipment via the Linux command line
  • Help train new Datacenter Technicians as needed
  • Help with projects to install new systems and services as time allows
  • Follow and improve data center best practices and documentation
  • Maintain a clean and well organized work environment
  • On-call responsibilities require being within an hour of the SunGard’s Rancho Cordova/Roseville facility and occasional trips onsite 24×7 to resolve issues that can’t be handled remotely
  • Work days may include Saturday and/or Sunday (e.g. working Tuesday – Saturday)

Requirements:

  • Excellent communication, time management, problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Ability to learn quickly.
  • Ability to lift/move 50-75 lbs and work down near the floor on a daily basis.
  • Position based near Sacramento, California and may require periodic visits to the corporate office in San Mateo, CA.
  • May require travel to other Datacenters to provide coverage and/or to assist with new site set-up.

If this all sounds like you:

  • Send an email to [email protected] with the position in the subject line.
  • Tell us a bit about your work history.
  • Include your resume.

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Welcome Tina – Director of Engineering

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-tina-director-of-engineering/

Backblaze is getting bigger, and our engineering team is no exception! We’ve brought on a lot of great talent over the last few months, and we needed someone to make sure that team was running smoothly and efficiently. To make sure that our engineers have the tools they need and to keep all the projects moving forward we’ve brought on Tina, our Director of Engineering! Lets learn a bit more about Tina shall we?

What is your Backblaze Title?
Director of Engineering.

Where are you originally from?
Southern California.

What attracted your to Backblaze?
Product and people.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
Cloud backup software.

Where else have you worked?
Salesforce.

Where did you go to school?
Cal Poly Pomona.

What’s your dream job?
Working with people who are passionate about building great software products and having fun while doing it.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
Bora Bora.

Favorite Hobby?
Traveling and exploring new restaurants.

Of what achievement are you most proud?
Building great engineering teams.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Both.

Coke or Pepsi?
Jasmine tea.

Favorite Food?
Fried chicken.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I’m a foodie, and a Yelp Elite. You can find my reviews on Yelp.

Tina joined us just a few weeks ago and has already had a positive impact, we are very excited to see where she leads the team going forward!

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