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Wanted: Graphic Designer

Post Syndicated from Ahin Thomas original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-graphic-designer/

Hiring

We’re looking for a graphic designer who understands and loves focusing on the customer. As importantly, we’re looking for someone that wants to be on a team that shows genuine care for each other. Put more plainly, we’re looking for a teammate.

About Backblaze

Backblaze provides cloud storage that’s astonishingly easy to use and low cost. Our customers use our services so they can pursue dreams like curing cancer (genome mapping is data intensive), archiving the work of some of the greatest artists on the planet (learn more about how Austin City Limits uses B2), or simply sleeping well at night (anyone that’s spilled a cup of coffee on a laptop knows the relief that comes with complete, secure backups). We are entrusted with over 750 PB of data from customers in more than 150 countries. From a storage standpoint, our platform is on the scale of Dropbox & Facebook.

More importantly, we’ve earned the trust and support of our customers. When we raised our prices, we got hundreds of tweets like this.

We’re proud (and humbled) to have such strong relationships with our customers that they root for our success.

More About The Opportunity

Our customer base is diverse (from consumer to SMB to developer) and our design approach represents our need to connect with a wide audience while maintaining a consistent brand identity.

Backblaze has five co-founders (all of whom are still working at Backblaze today). One of our founders, Casey, is the VP of design. As our team and business has grown, one person simply cannot serve all of our needs. We have created the role of graphic designer to be a dedicated member of the Marketing department, reporting to the VP of marketing (Ahin). Casey will be focusing full time on our UX needs. As such, our graphic designer is empowered to enable the needs of the Marketing team.

The Ideal Candidate

Is a designer who is ready to jump in at every stage of the creative process, from brainstorming fresh concepts to fine-tuning pixel perfect campaign assets. The ideal person understands how to work with internal customers (members of the Marketing team) to breathe life into our messaging and ensure a consistent brand experience.

The ideal candidate cares about quality, craft, and producing to fixed deadlines.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Webpage design for A/B testing: In conjunction with Marketing leads, create tests to optimize onsite conversion
  • Imagery selection and creation for blog posts
  • Case study layout for print & web
  • Trade show booth design
  • Creating illustrations for print and web
  • Webpage creation/redesign for product launches, marketing campaigns, etc.

The qualities/background we’re looking for:

  • Outstanding portfolio. We love to see your work and all submissions are reviewed. We’re looking for someone with ~ 5 years of professional experience that includes at least 3 years with web enabled businesses (SaaS or eCommerce).
  • Experience with industry standard design tools (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). Familiarity with HTML, CSS.
  • Creativity to generate multiple solutions to problems. The best designers work with the business leads to understand what the objective is and then collaborates on the best way to bring it to life.
  • Capable of juggling multiple projects simultaneously, staying organized, and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to present your work to other members of the team and communicate conceptual ideas and detailed design rationale both verbally and visually. We are a collaborative team that asks everyone to have openness to take direction when it’s given, and confidence to take the lead when it’s not.

Some nice to haves:

  • Experience working with user interface design, typography, iconography, information layout, color, space, and texture.
  • Experience with print, web, and mobile design.
  • JavaScript and JavaScript frameworks (Angular, React).

If this all sounds like you:

Send us an email at jobscontact@backblaze.com. Please put “Graphic Designer” in the subject line. In the email, include:

  • A link to your portfolio.
  • Your resume (either link or attachment).
  • Tell us a bit about why the role seems interesting to you. There is no min or max length, we’re just looking to understand what you’re looking for in your next opportunity.

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Why I’m Helping Cloudflare Grow in Australia & New Zealand (A/NZ)

Post Syndicated from Raymond Maisano original https://blog.cloudflare.com/why-im-helping-cloudflare-grow-in-australia-new-zealand-a-nz/

Why I’m Helping Cloudflare Grow in Australia & New Zealand (A/NZ)

Why I’m Helping Cloudflare Grow in Australia & New Zealand (A/NZ)

I’ve recently joined Cloudflare as Head of Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ). This is an important time for the company as we continue to grow our presence locally to address the demand in A/NZ, recruit local talent, and build on the successes we’ve had in our other offices around the globe. In this new role, I’m eager to grow our brand recognition in A/NZ and optimise our reach to customers by building up my team and channel presence.

A little about me

I’m a Melburnian born and bred (most livable city in the world!) with more than 20 years of experience in our market. From guiding strategy and architecture of the region’s largest resources company, BHP, to building and running teams and channels, and helping customers solve the technical challenges of their time, I have been in, or led, businesses in the A/NZ Enterprise market, with a focus on network and security for the last six years.

Why Cloudflare?

I joined Cloudflare because I strongly believe in its mission to help build a better Internet, and believe this mission, paired with its massive global network, will enable the company to continue to deliver incredibly innovative solutions to customers of all segments.

Four years ago, I was lucky to build and lead the VMware Network & Security business, working with some of Cloudflare’s biggest A/NZ customers. I was confronted with the full extent of the security challenges that A/NZ businesses face. I recognized that there must be a better way to help customers secure their local and multi-cloud environments. That’s how I found Cloudflare. With Cloudflare’s Global Cloud Platform, businesses have an integrated solution that offers the best in security, performance and reliability.

Second, something that’s personally important for me as the son of Italian migrants, and now a dad of two gorgeous daughters, is that Cloudflare is serious about culture and diversity. When I was considering joining Cloudflare, I watched videos from the Internet Summit, an annual event that Cloudflare hosts in its San Francisco office. One thing that really stood out to me was that the speakers came from so many different backgrounds.

I’m extremely passionate about encouraging those from all walks of life to pursue opportunities in business and tech, so seeing the diversity of people giving insightful talks made me realise that this was a company I wanted to work for, and hopefully perhaps my girls as well (no pressure).

Cloudflare A/NZ

I strongly believe that Cloudflare’s mission, paired with its massive global network, will enable customers of all sizes in segments in Australia and New Zealand to leverage Cloudflare’s security, performance and reliability solutions.

For example, VicRoads is 85 percent faster now that they are using Argo Smart Routing, Ansarada uses Cloudflare’s WAF to protect against malicious activity, and MyAffiliates harnesses Cloudflare’s global network, which spans more than 180 cities in 80 countries, to ensure an interruption-free service for its customers.

Making security and speed, which are necessary for any strong business, available to anyone with an Internet property is truly a noble goal. That’s another one of the reasons I’m most excited to work at Cloudflare.

Australians and Kiwis alike have always been great innovators and users of technology. However, being so physically isolated (Perth is the most isolated city in the world and A/NZ are far from pretty much everywhere else in the world) has limited our ability to have the diversity of choice and competition. Our isolation from said choice and competition fueled innovation, but at the price of complexity, cost, and ease. This makes having local servers absolutely vital for good performance. With Cloudflare’s expansive network, 98 percent of the Internet-connected developed world is located within 100 milliseconds of our network. In fact, Cloudflare already has data centers in Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, ensuring that customers in A/NZ have access to a secure, fast, and reliable Internet.

Our opportunities in Australia, New Zealand and beyond…

I’m truly looking forward to helping Cloudflare grow its reach over the next five years. If you are a business in Australia and New Zealand and have a cyber-security, performance or reliability need, get in touch with us (1300 748 959). We’d love to explore how we can help.

If you’re interested in exploring careers at Cloudflare, we are hiring globally. Our team in Australia is small today, about a dozen, and we are growing quickly. We have open roles in Solutions Engineering and Business Development Representatives. Check out our careers page to learn more, or send me a note.

Happy Sysadmin Day

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/happy-sysadmin-day/

Happy Sysadmin Day

We love systems administrators and in honor of the 20th annual Sysadmin Day (today, July 26th), we wanted Chris, our sysadmin captain, to write out a few blurbs as an introduction to some of the job postings we have available in his department!

Take it away Chris:

Yev asked me for a few blurbs, and while it was tempting to try and craft some kind of snarky mad lib script to mix and match for him, I’m assured this is worth the time to compose the old-fashioned way. That said, I will leave it to Yev to pay the cat/dog tax on this post.

To avoid prattling on for too long, I’ll jump right into it. Here at Backblaze, we do a lot of building, a lot of fixing, and a lot of running things down. We don’t have an alphabet soup of acronyms doing all of our work for us, we’re building our own infrastructure and picking what we want to run on it. We like open-source, we like innovation, and we like people who have the ability to discern when they’re discovering fire versus reinventing the wheel. I’m Chris, and if any of that sounds like the sort of thing you like, and the sort of person you are, then perhaps after finishing your Sysadmin Day celebrations you should hit us up about some of our open positions.

Sr. Systems Administrator (x2)
You know the drill for this one. Fix that which is broken, build that which is missing, learn that which is unknown. The sort of people who fit here are the sort of people who remember that the full saying is, “Jack of all trades, master of none, but better than master of one.”
Job description: https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-senior-systems-administrator/
Sr. Network Engineer + Network Security Engineer
Networking has come a long way from BNC token ring setups, and the need for people who can wade through that complexity is greater than ever. We need people with solid skills and understanding who can handle the entire cumulonimbus that is living and working at a cloud provider.
Job description: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/1107207062/
TechOps Engineer
Some folks are Neil Armstrong, some folks are Margaret Hamilton, but Apollo 11 wouldn’t have made it to the moon without both. We’re looking for talented engineers to help us with the day-to-day, the moonshots, and everything in-between.
Job description: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/1091591321/

Thank you Chris! If you’re interested in joining the team, the links above contain the job descriptions and application details.

Happy Sysadmin Day!

Cat

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Cloudflare em Lisboa

Post Syndicated from John Graham-Cumming original https://blog.cloudflare.com/cloudflare-lisbon-office-portuguese/

Cloudflare em Lisboa

Eu fui o 24º funcionário da Cloudflare e o primeiro a trabalhar fora de São Francisco. A trabalhar num escritorio improvisado em minha casa, e escrevi um pedaço grande do software da Cloudflare antes de ter contratato uma equipa em Londres. Hoje, Cloudflare London, a nossa a sede da EMEA a região da Europa, Médio Oriente e África tem mais de 200 pessoas a trabalhar no edifício histórico County Hall há frente do Parlamento Britânico. O meu escritório improvisado é agora história antiga.

Cloudflare em Lisboa
CC BY-SA 2.0 image by Sridhar Saraf

Cloudflare não parou em Londres. Temos pessoas em Munique, Cingapura, Pequim, Austin, Texas, Chicago e Champaign, Illinois, Nova York, Washington,DC, São José, California, Miami, Florida, Sydney, Austrália e também em Sao Francisco e Londres. Hoje estamos a anunciar o estabelecimento de um novo escritório em Lisboa, Portugal. Como parte da abertura do escritório este Verão irei me deslocar para Lisboa juntamente com um pequeno número de pessoal técnico de outros escritórios da Cloudflare.

Estamos a recrutar em Lisboa neste momento. Pode visitar este link para ver todas as oportunidades actuais. Estamos há procura de candidatos para preencher os cargos de Engenheiro, Segurança, Produto, Produto de Estratégia, Investigação Tecnológica e Atendimento ao Cliente.

Se está interessado num cargo que não está actualmente listado na nossa página de carreiras profissionais, também poderá enviar-nos um email para a nossa equipa de recruitamento pelo [email protected] para expressar o seu interesse.

Cloudflare em Lisboa
CC BY-SA 2.0 Image by Rustam Aliyev

A minha primeira ideia realista de Lisboa formou-se há 30 anos atrás com a publicação de 1989 do John Le Carré, The Russia House (A casa da Rússia). Tão real, claro, como qualquer Le Carré’s visão do mundo:

[…] dez anos atrás, por um capricho qualquer, Barley Blair, tido herdado uns quantos milhares por uma tia distante, comprou para si um pé de terra mais modesto em Lisboa, onde costumava ter descansos regulares com o peso de uma alma multilateral. Poderia ter sido Cornwall, poderia ter sido a Provença ou mesmo até Timbuktu. Contudo, Lisboa por um acidente agarrou-o […]

A escolha da Clouflare por Lisboa, não aconteceu por um acaso, mas sim por uma pesquisa cuidadosa de uma nova cidade continental Europeia para localizar um escritório. Eu fui convidado novamente para ir a Lisboa em 2014 para ser um dos oradores na Sapo Codebits e fiquei impressionado com o tamanho e a variedade de talento técnico presente no evento. Subsequentemente, visitámos 45 cidades por 29 países, reduzindo a uma lista final de três.

A combinação de um elevado e crescente ecossistema de tecnologia existente em Lisboa, uma política de imigração atraente,estabilidade política, alto padrão de vida, assim como todos os factores logísticos como o fuso horário (o mesmo que na Grã-Bretanha) e os voos directos para São Francisco fizeram com que fosse o vencedor evidente.

Eu começei a aprender Português há três meses…e estou desejoso para descobrir este país e a cultura, e criar um novo escritório para a Cloudflare.

Encontrámos um ecossistema tecnológico local próspero, apoiado tanto pelo governo como por uma miríade de startups empolgantes, e esperamos colaborar com eles para continuar a elevar o perfil de Lisboa.

Cloudflare’s new Lisbon office

Post Syndicated from John Graham-Cumming original https://blog.cloudflare.com/cloudflare-lisbon-office/

Cloudflare's new Lisbon office

I was the 24th employee of Cloudflare and the first outside of San Francisco. Working out of my spare bedroom, I wrote a chunk of Cloudflare’s software before starting to recruit a team in London. Today, Cloudflare London, our EMEA headquarters, has more than 200 people working in the historic County Hall building opposite the Houses of Parliament. My spare bedroom is ancient history.

Cloudflare's new Lisbon office
CC BY-SA 2.0 image by Sridhar Saraf

And Cloudflare didn’t stop at London. We now have people in Munich, Singapore, Beijing, Austin, TX, Chicago and Champaign, IL, New York, Washington, DC, San Jose, CA, Miami, FL, and Sydney, Australia, as well as San Francisco and London. And today we’re announcing the establishment of a new technical hub in Lisbon, Portugal. As part of that office opening I will be relocating to Lisbon this summer along with a small number of technical folks from other Cloudflare offices.

We’re recruiting in Lisbon starting today. Go here to see all the current opportunities. We’re looking for people to fill roles in Engineering, Security, Product, Product Strategy, Technology Research, and Customer Support.

Cloudflare's new Lisbon office
CC BY-SA 2.0 Image by Rustam Aliyev

My first real idea of Lisbon dates to 30 years ago with the 1989 publication of John Le Carré’s The Russia House. As real, of course, as any Le Carré view of the world:

[…] ten years ago on a whim Barley Blair, having inherited a stray couple of thousand from a remote aunt, bought himself a scruffy pied-a-terre in Lisbon, where he was accustomed to take periodic rests from the burden of his many-sided soul. It could have been Cornwall, it could have been Provence or Timbuktu. But Lisbon by an accident had got him […]

Cloudflare’s choice of Lisbon, however, came not by way of an accident but a careful search for a new continental European city in which to locate a technical office. I had been invited to Lisbon back in 2014 to speak at SAPO Codebits and been impressed by the size and range of technical talent present at the event. Subsequently, we looked at 45 cities across 29 countries, narrowing down to a final list of three.

Lisbon’s combination of a large and growing existing tech ecosystem, attractive immigration policy, political stability, high standard of living, as well as logistical factors like time zone (the same as the UK) and direct flights to San Francisco made it the clear winner.

Eu começei a aprender Português há três meses… and I’m looking forward to discovering a country and a culture, and building a new technical hub for Cloudflare. We have found a thriving local technology ecosystem, supported both by the government and a myriad of exciting startups, and we look forward to collaborating with them to continue to raise Lisbon’s profile.

Wanted: Head of Publishing

Post Syndicated from Ahin Thomas original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-head-of-publishing/

Backblaze is Hiring

Since 2007, Backblaze has earned our reputation as a leader in data storage. Our products are astonishingly easy to use and affordable. In a market that includes some of the biggest corporations of our time, we have differentiated ourselves by being cleverly unconventional in how we do things.

Our success is tied to the principles of being open and fair. This approach extends to our marketing and, by extension, content efforts. We like to share the stories (and facts) behind what we’re doing. As an example, we open sourced (and promoted) our storage platform that provides the lowest cost of cloud storage on the planet. It explains how we can offer cloud storage at ¼ of the price of Amazon. This storytelling is the fuel of a content marketing machine that drives our top of funnel growth.

We have created a new role, our head of publishing, because as our team has grown, the opportunity to share stories about how people solve problems is getting bigger. Beyond our team of outstanding marketers, we have an organization (from Ops/Engineering/Support etc.) that believes in the spirit of storytelling. Our new head of publishing role has the mandate to act as the chief storytelling coach for all of our writers (substantive editing) as well as ensuring ruthless precision in our execution. In empowering this role, we hope to continually invest in Backblaze’s storytelling strength as fuel for our content marketing efforts.

The head of publishing reports to the VP of marketing and has one direct report, the content director.

The Primary Responsibilities for the Head of Publishing:

  • Editing: Nurture our tradition of creating widely loved and consumed content, with a primary focus on our blog.
    • Every piece of content that ships should be reviewed by the head of publishing. A representative monthly cadence involves the editing of eight blog posts, one case study, one to two webinar presentations and various web pages/knowledge base articles.
    • Drive the effort to create new content franchises — a topic area that can be revisited on a regular cadence (anywhere between quarterly and annual) told as a story that appeals to an audience that will then share it on Reddit, HackerNews, or similar social network. A franchise is unlikely to make a directly commercial pitch. Rather, its goal is brand awareness for Backblaze — create engagement amongst an audience that would plausibly use our products. We measure success through blog comments and social sharing.
      • Our product marketers are tasked with attempting to create one franchise effort each per quarter, our content director should be creating two per quarter. Given these resources, your job is to be a partner and editor for these efforts. We can’t control things that do and do not go viral, we do control our resource allocation and effort.
  • Empower our content director: Create clear processes and standards to enable our content director to do his best work as a writer and copy editor.
    • Our content director is responsible for our blog operations, writing four to six posts per month, and copy editing. You help make the content director successful through coaching, partnership, and creating clarity on standards.
  • Define & execute Corporate Communications: Given customer segments and key messaging from Product Marketing, the head of publishing is responsible for ensuring a compelling corporate communications cadence that meets our strategic requirements.
    • Maintenance of our 90 day content calendar.
    • Running our weekly content meeting so as to ensure that our storytelling is excellent, the content calendar meets the needs of our business lines, and that deliverables are being met.
  • Promote the blog content: Through a combination of your own efforts, and coordinating with the efforts of our social media team, SEO Team, and PR firm.
    • Be the day to day contact with our PR firm — make sure they are aware of our calendar and progress against agreed upon deliverables.
    • Where our PR firm’s mandate does not include blog content that is otherwise pitchable, directly reach out to journalists for coverage.
    • Partner with our social lead to make sure content is promoted.
    • Partner with our SEO lead to make sure content is optimized.
  • Be the storytelling coach for our company: Be a company-wide editorial resource for making our internal and external communications compelling.
    • The first priority of this role is enabling Marketing efforts. In the long run, we want to create a center of excellence inside of Marketing that the entire company can turn to for better storytelling.

Key Measurements of Success

Our activities, ultimately, should contribute to profitable revenue growth for Backblaze. The leading indicators of success, owned by our head of publishing, include:

  • Growth in our blog audience:
    • Increase in email subscribers → Measures the long term engagement with our stories (love of the content). Achieved through a balance of low unsubscribes and new emails collected from blogs and webinars.
    • Increase in blog pageviews → A reflection of the transactional consumption of our content.
  • Organic engagement/syndication of blog posts:
    • Blog post comments → Shows a readership engaged in the conversation.
    • Reddit/HackerNews shares → Measurement of the community finding our content noteworthy. This is the metric to measure the success of our attempts to create franchises.
  • Sales team utilization of content:
    • Qualitative → Does the team feel they have what is needed to succeed?
    • Quantitative → Do they utilize new content in their efforts?

The Traits of Our Perfect Head of Publishing:

  • Excels in digital publishing for both literary and commercial contexts.
  • Comfortable driving and delivering to deadlines.
  • Demonstrates a honed approach to the craft of storytelling.
  • Embraces the interpersonal dynamics of being an editor (coach, cajoler, armchair psychologist, etc.).
  • Held roles that included the dual responsibilities of substantive editing and copy editing.
  • Has innate intellectual curiosity with technical matters. Experience with storage is not a requirement, but we need to have a mutual belief that the subject matter will be interesting for you.

A Little Bit More About Backblaze

In over a decade of operations, we have taken in a total of $3m in invested capital. This bootstrapped approach has helped to create a culture where we’re able to focus on our team. We’re proud to have created a place where people actually like to come to work. Please check out our Careers page to learn a little more and for a quick video of our team talking about our culture.

Sound Interesting?

In fewer than 500 words, describe an interaction you had with an author to help bring out the author’s best work. Our internal screening scorecard is the bullet points articulated under our traits section. We think someone with that kind of background will be successful in the role and a happy member of our team (read: cultural fit).

Our process is to look at the combination homework and your resume to try and understand how many of the traits you possess and, of the ones that you may not obviously possess, try to determine if there’s a plausible translation of your background to what we’re looking for.

If you’re interested, please send your resume and the 500 words to jobscontact@backblaze.com.

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Wanted: Marketing Associate

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-marketing-associate/

“You know what’s worth every. single. penny? @backblaze #lifesaver”

Andrei P. (Backblaze customer)

Are you interested in joining a veteran marketing team responsible for bringing almost 30 million page views to our website and over three million page views to our blog each year? A team that helps tell the tales behind the 40 billion files we’ve recovered for our customers? A team that tries to be open, honest, and transparent — to the point of releasing the designs to our Storage Pod, part of the secret sauce that allowed us to manage over 750 petabytes of data in the our cloud?

Backblaze, recommended by The Verge, The Next Web, Lifewire, Tom’s Guide, The New York Times, and many others, is looking for a Marketing Associate to join us and help take us to the next level.

As the Marketing Associate you’ll be helping with:

  • Podcast advertising — Backblaze was very early in the game and remains active to this day. You’ll be prospecting for new shows, creating ad copy to highlight Backblaze, reconciling how those shows performed, and building relationships with the hosts and distribution companies to make sure we’re constantly in the mix and in the know.
  • Newsletter and email campaigns — Backblaze uses emails to communicate both educational and service-level information to our customers. You’ll be responsible for collaborating with your marketing team members to create emails highlighting our different business lines and verticals, keeping the campaigns and newsletters on-time, and handling the formatting/editing/link-checking to make sure it all goes seamlessly.
  • Campaign reconciliation — Backblaze has a lot of projects and campaigns going on all the time. You’ll help make sure our campaigns are properly tracked and will look for patterns that can help them be even more successful.
  • FAQs — Making sure our customers know how our products work is paramount. You’ll be working with project managers and our support department to make sure new products and features are properly documented and building the bones for FAQ articles that need to be created. You’ll also help maintain existing FAQs by updating screenshots and language should something change.
  • Miscellaneous — Our favorite category! Backblaze may have been around for almost 13 years now, but we still operate like a startup. That means a fast-paced environment where we’ll be moving quickly with lots of interesting projects to work on every week. This is lovingly internally referred to as the “Spec Ops” team!

Tools We’d Like You To Know:

  • Office Suite Applications — Microsoft Word & Excel and/or Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc.
  • Email Marketing / CRM — HubSpot, Mailchimp, Constant Contact, etc.
  • Social Media — Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.

Knowledge That Could Be Useful:

  • Creative writing
  • Research and analytics
  • Photo editing — Photoshop or equivalent

Are You Our Person?
We’re looking for a person who can join our team and hit the ground running. If you’re not afraid of working on interesting problems, joining a dynamic team, and being willing to outperform the competition, I want to talk to you!

How to Apply:
If the above sounds like you and what you’ll be doing sounds like a good time, we want to talk to you!

  • Send an email to: jobscontact@backblaze.com with the subject “Marketing Associate.”
  • Include your resume.
  • Tell us a little bit about yourself.

This position is located in our San Mateo, California office. Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Wanted: Renewals Specialist

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-renewals-specialist/

Hiring - Cecilia
What is a Renewal Specialist?
As a Backblaze Renewals Specialist, you are in charge of maintaining a connection with the lifeblood of Backblaze: our customers. You will be responsible for selling, supporting, and managing subscription renewals for existing customers. You will work closely with sales, support, and marketing teams to share customer feedback and spot real-time trends.

The Ideal Candidate:
You have relevant experience in subscription renewals and account management in the online backup and cloud storage industry. You are an expert in CRM and Sales Automation systems. You are an empathetic and active listener with excellent written and oral communication skills. You are comfortable following a process while being detail-oriented and highly organized. Lastly, you are motivated by our higher mission: helping businesses grow without fear of losing important data.

What We Need From You:

  • Achieve (and occasionally exceed) monthly renewal targets
  • Create, contact, and track progress on renewals via Salesforce opportunities
  • Understand and utilize customer product usage reports
  • Learn how businesses successfully use Backblaze to explain our value proposition
  • Uncover up-selling and generate cross-sell leads during business reviews
  • Update and maintain accurate Salesforce account and contact records
  • Assist with non-technical issues such as billing and invoicing questions
  • Help existing customers with compliance and security questions
  • Escalate accounts at risk of churning to Sales Management

Some Desirable Qualities You Can Bring With You:

  • BA/BS or equivalent educational background
  • Excellent communication/active listening/customer empathy skills
  • One or more years experience in renewals, account management, or customer services preferable in the software industry
  • Familiarity with Salesforce (CRM), Outreach (Sales Automation) and Google App Suite (Gmail, Slides, Docs)
  • Ability to be helpful and knowledgeable, confident, and resilient, and maintain integrity and credibility in the face of challenges and unexpected ambiguity
  • This position is located in San Mateo, California. Regular attendance in the office is expected.
    Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we offer competitive salary and benefits, including our no policy vacation policy.

    If this sounds like you, send an email to jobscontact@backblaze.com with:

    • Renewals Specialist in the subject line
    • Your resume attached
    • An overview of your relevant experience

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    Wanted: Software Engineering Manager

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-software-engineering-manager/

    Hiring - Cecilia

    Want to work at a company that helps customers in over 150 countries around the world protect their data? Do you want to challenge yourself with a business that serves consumers, SMBs, enterprises, and developers?

    Backblaze delivers high-availability cloud-scale services that our customers count on for reliable data storage. The engineering team prides itself on getting work done, doing the right thing for our customers, and keeping a pace that is sustainable over the long run. We do amazing things while working normal hours, and have time for life outside work.

    If all that sounds interesting, you might be interested to know that Backblaze is looking for a Software Manager!

    Want to know what you’ll be doing?
    As a Software Manager, you will lead a team of Software Engineers in architecting, developing, testing, and deploying high quality software. You will play a key role in product development, starting from collaborating with Product Management on feature definition to deployment. Your technical acumen, project management, communication and collaborative skills will help the team to be product focused and keep deliverables on track.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • 3+ years of management experience leading a software development team.
    • Motivation to take the initiative in a constantly changing work environment.
    • Experience working across functions with organizations such as Operations, Product Management, and Marketing.
    • Ability to partner with Product Management to manage current and upcoming projects, understand and navigate through competing priorities, and provide work estimation.
    • Skills to mitigate project risks including business, technical, and schedule risks.
    • Strong understanding of web technologies, Javascript, HTML, CSS , and experience developing applications in a Java ecosystem.
    • Experience in software development life cycle — Planning, Development, Integration, Validation, Release.
    • Drive to continually improve engineering processes and standards and drive adoption throughout organization.
    • Good interpersonal skills to manage projects through difficult obstacles.
    • Leadership to develop, mentor, coach, and grow the team.

    Also a Plus:

    • Experience managing teams building mobile and desktop apps.
    • Passionate about usability/interface design, and user behavior testing.

    Backblaze Employees Have:

    • Good attitude and willingness to do what it takes to get the job done.
    • Strong desire to work for a small, fast paced company.
    • Desire to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technologies and work environment.
    • Comfort with well-behaved pets in the office.

    This position is located in San Mateo, California. Regular attendance in the office is expected.
    Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we offer competitive salary and benefits, including our no policy vacation policy.

    If this sounds like you, send an email to jobscontact@backblaze.com with:

    • Software Engineering Manager in the subject line
    • Your resume attached
    • An overview of your relevant experience

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    Wanted: Senior Director of Product Management

    Post Syndicated from Gleb Budman original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-senior-director-of-product-management/

    We're Hiring -- Senior Director of Product Management

    “You know what’s worth every. single. penny? @backblaze #lifesaver”
    Andrei P. (Backblaze customer)

    Do you want to lead product management for a set of products that have helped hundreds of thousands of customers in over 150 countries with their storage and backup needs; products people love and are often grateful for? Let’s chat.

    Backblaze started over a decade ago and built a cloud storage platform, which is 1/4th the price of Amazon/Google/Microsoft, by developing custom Storage Pod hardware and purpose-built Vault software. On top of it, we’ve built out three business lines:

    • Personal Backup — consumer cloud backup for Mac/PCs
    • Business Backup — business cloud backup for Macs/PCs
    • B2 Cloud Storage — high-performance cloud storage for backups, hosting, development

    All three generate millions of dollars in revenue and are loved for their ease-of-use and affordability.

    And that’s where you come in. We’re hiring a Director of Product Management, reporting to me (CEO), to lead the product management function for Backblaze. You would be the first product manager and get to establish the approach as well as drive the roadmap in a fast-growing company that is cash-flow positive and has built a cloud storage platform on the scale of Dropbox & Facebook with a mere $3m of funding.

    So if you:

    Care deeply about product experience: You learn about customer needs, empathize with them, and aim to build a product experience that they’ll love. You believe products should be easy-to-use, even if they’re being used by people who are extremely technical. You always start with “what’s the right customer experience” and then work backwards from there.

    Use gut and data: You research the market and dig into data from surveys, sales, and support; but also have good judgement to interpret the data and make decisions with imperfect information.

    Work with everyone: You know that this role is one of the most cross-functional in the company, needing input from across the organization on product needs, planning with engineering on what’s possible when, and planning and communication to the organization around roadmaps and launches. You care about culture and values and like to be a steward for values such as transparency, collaboration, inclusiveness, accountability and experimentation.

    Think big picture: You look at where the market is headed and come up with strategy and roadmaps to deliver product lines to support the future.

    And sweat the details: You ensure the individual features are clearly defined and work with design and engineering to get them built.

    Build enough process: You build clear processes/guidelines/documents that are necessary to communicate and scale an organization, but know that a 100-page requirements document will never get read.

    Are technically proficient: You don’t have to have an engineering background, but among your products you will be managing an API-enabled storage platform used by developers, and that can’t be scary.

    Embrace life at a growth-stage company: You are comfortable with an environment where product management hasn’t been defined role. You embrace the challenge of defining and establishing the role within an existing company.

    Have launched multiple successful products: preferably on multiple platforms (Windows, macOS, Web, iOS, Android)

    Are familiar with storage/backup: You don’t have to know about storage or backup. (Most of us didn’t when we started.) But it wouldn’t hurt.

    If this sounds like you, I’d love to chat with you about taking ownership of our product management function to create the next evolution of our products.

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    Wanted: Senior Director of Product Marketing

    Post Syndicated from Roderick Bauer original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-senior-director-of-product-marketing/

    We're hiring

    That tweet, along with hundreds of other positive comments, came in the day we announced a price increase. We’re proud (and humbled) to have such strong relationships with our customers that they root for our success.

    We’re looking for a Product Marketing leader who understands and loves focusing on the customer.

    About Backblaze

    Backblaze provides cloud storage that’s astonishingly easy to use and low cost. Our customers use our services so they can pursue dreams like curing cancer (genome mapping is data intensive), archiving the work of some of the greatest artists on the planet (learn more about how Austin City Limits uses B2), or simply sleeping well at night (anyone that’s spilled a cup of coffee on a laptop knows the relief that comes with complete, secure backups). We are entrusted with over 750 PBs of data from customers in more than 150 countries. From a storage standpoint, our platform is on the scale of Dropbox & Facebook. We exited 2018 with a strong growth rate, with a cash flow positive (read — our customer acquisition efforts are profitable). We’ve done all this with just $3M of funding.

    How? Our team is maniacally focused on understanding customer needs and then providing solutions. More than half of our business comes from self-service customers — they get started without needing to talk to us.

    How Marketing at Backblaze Works

    • We think of Product Marketing as verticalized business owners. Our product marketers are expected to be athletes that can define and marshal our resources towards clear objectives. We are looking for someone that will lead the team — both as a manager and a contributor.
    • Acquisition via content marketing. We’ll have ~3M visitors to the blog this year that come to read compelling, if a little wonky, content on how things actually work. Our secret is writing about customer problems and solutions.
    • Conversion of website traffic. That means working cross-functionally to continually remove friction from the user experience — website flows and content that directly helps customers solve problems.
    • Sales enablement for a growing team. Increasingly, we have customers that want/need to engage with Sales. That is great, and, Marketing needs to provide our Sales team with the tools to succeed.
    • Collaboration with technology partners. B2 is integrated into leading hardware and software solutions. Because of our brand reputation and marketing reach, many partners integrate B2 because they want to run joint campaigns to promote our solutions. Once and integration is validated, Product Marketing owns the relationship with the partner.
    • Provide insights and feedback. We are a collaborative organization — our product marketers are key voices in representing our customers.

    The Role: Senior Director of Product Marketing

    Reporting directly to the VP of Marketing, you will lead a growing team of product marketers.

    The Right Fit for our Sr. Director of Product Marketing

    • Loves being a marketer. Backblaze spans a variety of customer segments including Consumer, SMBs, and Developers. We’re looking for someone that enjoys serving multiple segments.
      • Capable of leading all of Product Marketing, not just one vertical.
    • Possesses the right amount of experience. 10+ years of product/solutions marketing within technical infrastructure, at least 3 years in storage or cloud. Experience with eCommerce/self-service SaaS preferred.
      • Foundation in place to succeed from day one.
    • Demonstrates passion for talent development. You’ll be leading a talented team and you must ensure that Backblaze remains a place that people enjoy working.
      • Has led and grown successful teams.
    • Obsesses over the story. Whether creating a new webpage or writing up a case study, we strive to create stories that engage. We are looking for someone that is a polished writer and talented editor.
      • Superior communication skills combined with the necessary technical proficiency to tell cloud storage stories.
    • Builds enough process. You build clear processes/guidelines/documents that are necessary to communicate and scale an organization, but know that if there’s a 100 page manual, we’re probably making things too hard.
      • Articulates a considered approach to trying something new and, when successful, scaling to a repeatable process for others.
    • Blends analysis with instinct. Marketers should own the data wherever possible. However, particularly in hypergrowth settings, there are times we just need to take a bet and be willing to fail.
      • A track record of driving quantified results.

    Some of Our More Popular Perks

    Backblaze offers an unlimited vacation policy, fully stocked kitchens, twice a week catered breakfast and lunch, superior coffee, and a generous skills training policy to continue your professional development. Our dog friendly office in San Mateo is easily accessible from CalTrain, 280, and 101.

    If this all sounds like you:

    • Send an email to jobscontact@backblaze.com with the position in the subject line.
    • Tell us a bit about your work history.
    • Include your resume.
    • Share an example of talent development, either from your past or something you found notable. Why did it stick out to you? How have you applied it to your work? (less than 500 words)

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    Wanted: Senior Android Developer

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-senior-android-developer/

    We're Hiring

    You will lead the development of Backblaze’s Android application. Your responsibilities will include designing and implementing features as well as fixing bugs in a timely manner within project constraints. There are significant enhancements in the works, and you’ll be a part of making them happen.

    Qualifications

    • 10+ years of overall experience in software programming with 6 years minimum specializing in Android application development
    • At least 3 published applications on the Android Marketplace available for immediate download and review by our team
    • Experienced practicing Agile process
    • Extensive experience in delivering highly modular, model-driven application
    • Extensive experience with building applications using Java I/O, Collections, Algorithms and other well known application frameworks
    • Experienced developing rich GUIs for Android
    • Experienced with source code management techniques using Git
    • Solid understanding of algorithms, memory management, object oriented programming, MVC programming, and concurrent programming
    • Extensive experience detecting and correcting memory usage issues, as well as optimizing code for application performance
    • A solid understanding of operating system fundamentals such as processes, inter-process communication, multi-threading primitives, race conditions and deadlocks
    • Experienced with JSON, XML, and interfacing Android applications to server side APIs
    • Ability to function effectively and communicate with the following cross-functional teams: UX Designer, Project/Product Management, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and manage continuously changing business needs
    • Desire to work in a startup environment that includes rapid release, quick and reliable decision making, and a high degree of autonomy

    Must have a strong background in:

    • Computer Science
    • Multi-threaded programming
    • Building reliable, testable software

    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:

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

    Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Amazon SageMaker Updates – Tokyo Region, CloudFormation, Chainer, and GreenGrass ML

    Post Syndicated from Randall Hunt original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/sagemaker-tokyo-summit-2018/

    Today, at the AWS Summit in Tokyo we announced a number of updates and new features for Amazon SageMaker. Starting today, SageMaker is available in Asia Pacific (Tokyo)! SageMaker also now supports CloudFormation. A new machine learning framework, Chainer, is now available in the SageMaker Python SDK, in addition to MXNet and Tensorflow. Finally, support for running Chainer models on several devices was added to AWS Greengrass Machine Learning.

    Amazon SageMaker Chainer Estimator


    Chainer is a popular, flexible, and intuitive deep learning framework. Chainer networks work on a “Define-by-Run” scheme, where the network topology is defined dynamically via forward computation. This is in contrast to many other frameworks which work on a “Define-and-Run” scheme where the topology of the network is defined separately from the data. A lot of developers enjoy the Chainer scheme since it allows them to write their networks with native python constructs and tools.

    Luckily, using Chainer with SageMaker is just as easy as using a TensorFlow or MXNet estimator. In fact, it might even be a bit easier since it’s likely you can take your existing scripts and use them to train on SageMaker with very few modifications. With TensorFlow or MXNet users have to implement a train function with a particular signature. With Chainer your scripts can be a little bit more portable as you can simply read from a few environment variables like SM_MODEL_DIR, SM_NUM_GPUS, and others. We can wrap our existing script in a if __name__ == '__main__': guard and invoke it locally or on sagemaker.

    
    import argparse
    import os
    
    if __name__ =='__main__':
    
        parser = argparse.ArgumentParser()
    
        # hyperparameters sent by the client are passed as command-line arguments to the script.
        parser.add_argument('--epochs', type=int, default=10)
        parser.add_argument('--batch-size', type=int, default=64)
        parser.add_argument('--learning-rate', type=float, default=0.05)
    
        # Data, model, and output directories
        parser.add_argument('--output-data-dir', type=str, default=os.environ['SM_OUTPUT_DATA_DIR'])
        parser.add_argument('--model-dir', type=str, default=os.environ['SM_MODEL_DIR'])
        parser.add_argument('--train', type=str, default=os.environ['SM_CHANNEL_TRAIN'])
        parser.add_argument('--test', type=str, default=os.environ['SM_CHANNEL_TEST'])
    
        args, _ = parser.parse_known_args()
    
        # ... load from args.train and args.test, train a model, write model to args.model_dir.
    

    Then, we can run that script locally or use the SageMaker Python SDK to launch it on some GPU instances in SageMaker. The hyperparameters will get passed in to the script as CLI commands and the environment variables above will be autopopulated. When we call fit the input channels we pass will be populated in the SM_CHANNEL_* environment variables.

    
    from sagemaker.chainer.estimator import Chainer
    # Create my estimator
    chainer_estimator = Chainer(
        entry_point='example.py',
        train_instance_count=1,
        train_instance_type='ml.p3.2xlarge',
        hyperparameters={'epochs': 10, 'batch-size': 64}
    )
    # Train my estimator
    chainer_estimator.fit({'train': train_input, 'test': test_input})
    
    # Deploy my estimator to a SageMaker Endpoint and get a Predictor
    predictor = chainer_estimator.deploy(
        instance_type="ml.m4.xlarge",
        initial_instance_count=1
    )
    

    Now, instead of bringing your own docker container for training and hosting with Chainer, you can just maintain your script. You can see the full sagemaker-chainer-containers on github. One of my favorite features of the new container is built-in chainermn for easy multi-node distribution of your chainer training jobs.

    There’s a lot more documentation and information available in both the README and the example notebooks.

    AWS GreenGrass ML with Chainer

    AWS GreenGrass ML now includes a pre-built Chainer package for all devices powered by Intel Atom, NVIDIA Jetson, TX2, and Raspberry Pi. So, now GreenGrass ML provides pre-built packages for TensorFlow, Apache MXNet, and Chainer! You can train your models on SageMaker then easily deploy it to any GreenGrass-enabled device using GreenGrass ML.

    JAWS UG

    I want to give a quick shout out to all of our wonderful and inspirational friends in the JAWS UG who attended the AWS Summit in Tokyo today. I’ve very much enjoyed seeing your pictures of the summit. Thanks for making Japan an amazing place for AWS developers! I can’t wait to visit again and meet with all of you.

    Randall

    Hiring a Director of Sales

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hiring-a-director-of-sales/

    Backblaze is hiring a Director of Sales. This is a critical role for Backblaze as we continue to grow the team. We need a strong leader who has experience in scaling a sales team and who has an excellent track record for exceeding goals by selling Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions. In addition, this leader will need to be highly motivated, as well as able to create and develop a highly-motivated, success oriented sales team that has fun and enjoys what they do.

    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 back up 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.

    Fast forward 10 years later and our world looks quite different. You’ll have some fantastic assets to work with:

    • A brand millions recognize for openness, ease-of-use, and affordability.
    • A computer backup service that stores over 500 petabytes of data, has recovered over 30 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.
    • Our B2 service that provides the lowest cost cloud storage on the planet at 1/4th the price Amazon, Google or Microsoft charges. While being a newer product on the market, it already has over 100,000 IT and developers signed up as well as an ecosystem building up around it.
    • A growing, profitable and cash-flow positive company.
    • And last, but most definitely not least: a great sales team.

    You might be saying, “sounds like you’ve got this under control — why do you need me?” Don’t be misled. We need you. Here’s why:

    • We have a great team, but we are in the process of expanding and we need to develop a structure that will easily scale and provide the most success to drive revenue.
    • We just launched our outbound sales efforts and we need someone to help develop that into a fully successful program that’s building a strong pipeline and closing business.
    • We need someone to work with the marketing department and figure out how to generate more inbound opportunities that the sales team can follow up on and close.
    • We need someone who will work closely in developing the skills of our current sales team and build a path for career growth and advancement.
    • We want someone to manage our Customer Success program.

    So that’s a bit about us. What are we looking for in you?

    Experience: As a sales leader, you will strategically build and drive the territory’s sales pipeline by assembling and leading a skilled team of sales professionals. This leader should be familiar with generating, developing and closing software subscription (SaaS) opportunities. We are looking for a self-starter who can manage a team and make an immediate impact of selling our Backup and Cloud Storage solutions. In this role, the sales leader will work closely with the VP of Sales, marketing staff, and service staff to develop and implement specific strategic plans to achieve and exceed revenue targets, including new business acquisition as well as build out our customer success program.

    Leadership: We have an experienced team who’s brought us to where we are today. You need to have the people and management skills to get them excited about working with you. You need to be a strong leader and compassionate about developing and supporting your team.

    Data driven and creative: The data has to show something makes sense before we scale it up. However, without creativity, it’s easy to say “the data shows it’s impossible” or to find a local maximum. Whether it’s deciding how to scale the team, figuring out what our outbound sales efforts should look like or putting a plan in place to develop the team for career growth, we’ve seen a bit of creativity get us places a few extra dollars couldn’t.

    Jive with our culture: Strong leaders affect culture and the person we hire for this role may well shape, not only fit into, ours. But to shape the culture you have to be accepted by the organism, which means a certain set of shared values. We default to openness with our team, our customers, and everyone if possible. We love initiative — without arrogance or dictatorship. We work to create a place people enjoy showing up to work. That doesn’t mean ping pong tables and foosball (though we do try to have perks & fun), but it means people are friendly, non-political, working to build a good service but also a good place to work.

    Do the work: Ideas and strategy are critical, but good execution makes them happen. We’re looking for someone who can help the team execute both from the perspective of being capable of guiding and organizing, but also someone who is hands-on themselves.

    Additional Responsibilities needed for this role:

    • Recruit, coach, mentor, manage and lead a team of sales professionals to achieve yearly sales targets. This includes closing new business and expanding upon existing clientele.
    • Expand the customer success program to provide the best customer experience possible resulting in upsell opportunities and a high retention rate.
    • Develop effective sales strategies and deliver compelling product demonstrations and sales pitches.
    • Acquire and develop the appropriate sales tools to make the team efficient in their daily work flow.
    • Apply a thorough understanding of the marketplace, industry trends, funding developments, and products to all management activities and strategic sales decisions.
    • Ensure that sales department operations function smoothly, with the goal of facilitating sales and/or closings; operational responsibilities include accurate pipeline reporting and sales forecasts.
    • This position will report directly to the VP of Sales and will be staffed in our headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

    Requirements:

    • 7 – 10+ years of successful sales leadership experience as measured by sales performance against goals.
      Experience in developing skill sets and providing career growth and opportunities through advancement of team members.
    • Background in selling SaaS technologies with a strong track record of success.
    • Strong presentation and communication skills.
    • Must be able to travel occasionally nationwide.
    • BA/BS degree required

    Think you want to join us on this adventure?
    Send an email to jobscontact@backblaze.com with the subject “Director of Sales.” (Recruiters and agencies, please don’t email us.) Include a resume and answer these two questions:

    1. How would you approach evaluating the current sales team and what is your process for developing a growth strategy to scale the team?
    2. What are the goals you would set for yourself in the 3 month and 1-year timeframes?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope that this sounds like the opportunity for which you’ve been waiting.

    Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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