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Software Engineer

Engineering | San Francisco, CA

Job Description


Software Engineer

San Francisco, CA / possibly Remote with some Travel

Are you a Software Engineer who loves creating fun products? Like games? And music?  TastemakerX is looking for a Software Engineer that can contribute to the design and implementation of our social gaming platform. You will be part of a high velocity engineering team that is valued in the organization.   

This position is based in San Francisco, CA but could be a remote position if you are the right person.


About the Job

As a Software Engineer at TastemakerX you would:

  • Design & Implement new features and optimize existing ones - from controller to model
  • Work closely with, and incorporate feedback from, product management and designers
  • Work on iImproving our internal PHP tools and frameworks
  • Identifying bottlenecks and profiling our existing PHP codebase
  • Disciplined and rapid approach to testing and QA


About You

  • Extensive experience with object-oriented PHP & standards-compliant SQL
  • Independent problem solving skills, ability to write code that scales well
  • Solid understanding of the web stack (e.g. HTTP, cookies, headers, caching)
  • Experience with MySQL
  • Subversion and/or Git
  • Knowledge of Agile engineering practices including Test Driven Development
  • Experience with front-end scripting including: HTML, JavaScript, CSS, AJAX.
  • Linux Shell Experience


Ideally You

  • Experience in building applications on AWS using EC2, RDS, S3 and similar tools
  • Web services and syndication (e.g., Twitter, Facebook)
  • Experience working on high-volume websites
  • Understanding of CS concepts such as common data structures and algorithms
  • Knowledge of cross-browser quirks
  • Interest in mobile and touch-based web platform
  • B.S. or higher in Computer Science (or equivalent work experience)
  • Experience in scrum


About Us

TastemakerX is a mobile social game that allows players to express musical taste by building virtual, 'followable' portfolios of the artists they love.  Our mission is to connect people who love music all over the world and the artists they follow. TastemakerX is growing and needs talented, motivated people to join us in that mission. 

TastemakerX is led by CEO and co-founder Marc Ruxin and CTO/CPO and co-founder Sandro Pugliese. We are backed by Guggenheim Ventures, Baseline, True Ventures, Tekton Ventures, and AOL Ventures; and investors and advisors who include: John Battelle, Marc Geiger, Andrew Anker, Mich Mathews, Ted Rheingold, Paul Bricault, Ian Rogers, Mike Lazerow and others.  


What's Next

We're growing and are well funded and if you're interested in joining the team at TastemakerX, please send your resume, your portfolio, and a cover letter telling us what inspires you and why you think you are perfect for the team (resumes without a cover letter will not be considered). If you contribute to an open source project, write a blog, or do something other than design, we would love to hear about it when you write.