July 22, 2007

Great Systems Administrators: Come work for Technorati!

Lots of good stuff going on at Technorati, and we're hiring! We're looking for some great Systems Administrators to help manage our burgeoning data centers, help our ops folks automate thousands of server tasks, and work with our engineering staff to make Technorati even more stable, and help us to further increase our performance. You'll be focusing your efforts on automating the administration of our ever-growing network and adapting to new and continuously changing business and development requirements. Ideal candidate will have significant operational experience with Linux, as well as high available web services. Although experience is important, the ability to quickly learn new things and a have positive attitude are both essential.


* Monitor stability and performance
* Administer infrastructure services
* Participate in 24x7 On-call rotation schedule
* Help develop tools to maintain and monitor our systems
* Write comprehensive documentation
* Train/mentor junior System Administrators
* Deploy new systems and services


* 5+ years experience with Unix
* 3+ years experience with Linux
* 2+ years running large production systems (more than a 100 servers)
* Working knowledge of networking and load balancing
* Experience administering Mysql Databases
* Expertise with Apache setup and configuration with mod_perl, PHP, performance tuning and log file management
* Config and Software Management (cfengine)
* Programming/shell scripting ability

For immediate consideration, please send a text (ASCII) or HTML version of your resume to careers@technorati.com. Principals only.

Important: The subject field of your email must include "Systems Administrator."

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July 18, 2007

Coming into NYC - anyone up for a Thursday evening dinner/drink/photowalk?

Due to some fast moving business deals, I'm flying into NYC tonight, and I've currently got some free time Thursday evening. Anyone up for a dinner or a photowalk in the evening in Midtown? If so, leave a comment below, ad we'll coordinate tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

I promise answers to all of your deep questions about Technorati, or whatever else you want to chat about. Would love to hear how things have changed in NYC now that things are roaring again...

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July 16, 2007

Technorati is hiring! Director Of Operations

Man, things are busy these days, and I feel awful for not blogging much lately. I'm going to do my best to make up for that for the next few days. First off, there's a bunch of exciting things going on at Technorati, and we're looking to hire some great people. Over the next few days I'm going to post about the various jobs that we currently have open, and heartily encourage you to submit your resume/CV if you want to work at a fun, exciting company in the heart of San Francisco, doing some really great stuff, and leading the way in helping people to understand the blogosphere, and be a part of making some really cool stuff.

First off, we're looking for a fantastic Director of Operations. We've got hundreds of machines to manage in the Technorati data center, and those numbers continue to grow on a nearly daily basis!

Here's the job requirements:


* Responsible for 24/7 operation of http://technorati.com
* Manage the Technorati service network, consisting of approximately 1,000 servers
* Maintain high availability and consistent performance
* Manage a team of 10 + fantastically awesome network, systems and database administrators
* Manage monitoring and on-call systems
* Manage system and software deployments
* Manage the capital equipment budgeting and purchasing processes
* Responsible for backup and disaster recovery planning
* Help plan and coordinate long term systems strategy
* Create strong support relationships with Engineering and Finance


* At least 10 years experience working in the Management of Information Systems
* At least 5 years experience managing Internet Data Centers
* Experience managing a minimum of 10 people
* Experience operating large-scale, consumer-facing internet services
* At least 5 years experience on LAMP platform and Lucene
* Deep and detailed understanding of large networks
* Deep and detailed understanding Unix-based systems
* Experience managing a network of at least 500 servers
* Experience with search and/or database intensive applications
* Experience handling a one million+ capital budget
* Project Management skills a plus
* Experience with growing startup operations
* Bachelors Degree required, advanced degrees a plus
* Ability to deal with rapid change

For immediate consideration, please send a text (ASCII) or HTML version of your resume to careers@technorati.com. Principals only.

Important: The subject field of your email must include "Director of Operations"

Feel free to pass this along to your friends as well, we're loking for an absolutely excellent candidate, and we're willing to do what it takes to get the right guy or gal. C'mon and get out of that dead-end job you're in now, and help us to build a kick-ass next-gen Ops and monitoring system. You'll get the challenge and opportunity of a lifetime.

More to come... If you want to get past the suspense, you can go to our Careers page to see all the current openings.

One other thing: We only hire GREAT people at Technorati, so if you don't match up to that kind of quality, then do us and yourself a favor and don't apply.

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July 3, 2007

Farewells and Welcomes

In the life of companies, there are moments of welcoming and there are times when one must bid a fond farewell. For Technorati, at this moment, we must say a warm goodbye to our colleagues Adam Hertz and Tantek Celik. I remember when both started here at Technorati three years ago, literally on the same day, and find it ironic, therefore, that both will leave us on the same day, even if for different reasons.

Adam, in his role as Vice President of Engineering, and Tantek, as our Chief Technologist, played important roles in shaping the company we are today. Three years ago, there were just a few of us, dreaming and scheming about how to scale our promising little enterprise. Today, we are about 45 people, have a presence in Japan, serve about 12 million unique visitors each month, are watching our page views grow by double-digits each quarter, and continue to innovate based on the needs and interests of our users.

So, as both leave Technorati to pursue other interests, I simply want to say: thank you. I also want to say that it makes me very happy they both will remain as part of our extended family. On the fourth anniversary of Technorati, it seemed the right time to create a Technorati Fellows program and I've asked Adam to be our very first Technorati fellow. In this role, Adam will continue to offer strategic advice and support to me and to others here at Technorati moving forward. Tantek will join the Technorati Board of Advisors so we'll continue to benefit from his guidance and wisdom as he moves on to ever-greater heights.

This moment also affords me the opportunity to extend a welcome - to our friend and colleague Dorion Carroll, who will take on the role of Vice President of Engineering, reporting to me. This appointment represents a consolidation of roles, combining engineering, technology leadership and product development. Dorion has been on the Technorati team for more than two years and brings with him 20 years experience in a variety of engineering and product leadership roles. During his time at Technorati, Dorion has led the introduction of most of the new features available on our Web site today and has worked very closely with our search team to bring their constant innovations to our users.

We're continuing to hire as well - we're looking for a kick-ass Director of Operations, as well as a number of Search, Systems Administrators, DBAs, and Sales posts. You can see them all here.

I hope you'll join me in wishing Adam and Tantek all the best as they move on to their next great adventures in life and on the live web, and in welcoming Dorion to his challenging and well-deserved new role at Technorati. I'm confident that we'll be seeing great things from each of them!

UPDATE: OK, I deserve to get hit with the stupid stick - I left our wonderful Liz Dunn out of the post when I put it up, who is taking a great job over at Laugh or Die. My apologies, Liz! My only explanation is that I had written this post over the weekend, before this great job had fallen in your lap, and I spaced out when I was posting. Best wishes, darling, you're great, we'll miss you.

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