THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED; HOWEVER, WE DO VALUE GREAT TALENT AND CONTINUE TO ACCEPT OUTSTANDING APPLICATIONS. We are in need of a wizard! Do you make magic happen out of nothing? If this is something that you do on a regular basis, we want to hear from you. “It’s not magic, it’s science”, you may be thinking, but to the outside world, the work that you do is highly technical, deeply analytical, and dare we say it, magical. Specifically, we are looking for an individual who will be authoritative in networking and wireless mesh technologies; having built large-scale multi-vendor networks, designed protocols, and have a strong understanding of the network stack. The most exciting part of the job though, is that we need you to play a key role in designing and planning the future technologies that will connect the next billion people. At the heart of our business is our revolutionary new mobile app called YO! which launched at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona in March 2015. YO! is the world's first 'Off-Grid' messaging, sharing, and content discovery app. It allows users to connect at high speeds without the need for cellular data or the Internet. This new approach to decentralized networking empowers users to share videos, pictures, messages, songs or even apps. Now people can share with friends at campus, colleagues at the office or family at home – fast and free! Our mission is to connect every person on the planet. Yep. Every single one of them. Mobile technology has been growing at an exponential rate, in the developed world and even more so in emerging economies.  It will not be long before every single person on the planet will be connected in ways that we have not thought of before.  We believe that the way telecom, communication, and media platforms work today is not sustainable to serve the billions of new mobile Internet users in emerging and developed economies.  New and innovative ideas need to emerge to connect everyone on the planet, not just those who can afford it, in an efficient and affordable way.  This is your chance to make a huge and long-lasting, positive, impact on the world. A good place to start to fully understand the incredible opportunity that lies before you with YO! is with  Our Story. Yes, we know it is long, but this is a journey and it is good to know where we have come from so we can better prepare for the future. (https://www.yo.com/our-story) Established in 2010, Left of the Dot Media is the parent company of a number of successful web and mobile brands. The company recently won the 2015 Community Engagement Award at the Technology Impact Awards put on by the BCTIA. This incredible honour and peer recognition from within the technology community, makes us believe that we are on the path to achieving our BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals). This TIA was a very meaningful award for us, because 5 years ago our co-founders made an important decision to locate our offices out here in the family-oriented suburbs of Maple Ridge. We wanted to live and work in the same community so that we could give back in ways that were meaningful to all “Lefties”, as we call ourselves. With great accessibility to the surrounding suburbs of Langley, Surrey, Tri-Cities and more and only a 35-minute drive from Vancouver, Maple Ridge offers a great quality of life balanced with a unique career opportunity with Left of the Dot. Are you ready to change how the world connects and thinks about distributive networking with us?

About the Job

So what will you be doing?
  • Live, eat and breathe Knowledge, Science and Technology
  • Work on the most cutting edge technology to further develop the world’s first ‘Off-Grid’ mesh communication and distributed media delivery platform
  • Lead research efforts to enhance, develop, refine, and test a peer-to-peer, multimedia distribution and streaming protocol that is optimized to run on decentralized networks
  • Conduct research into network performance measurement, transport protocols, and Internet topology
  • Play a key role in the engineering and optimization of YO!’s underlying communication platform and protocol, that can be extended to other product lines
  • Design data and network communication security, and privacy mechanisms for YO!

Essential Skills

  • You have woven your magic in obtaining a Master’s and/or PHD in a technical field + life experience
  • 3+ years’ experience in architecting large IP/MPLS/WAN networks
  • You breathe and live TCP/IP protocol stacks (and are known to talk about protocols in your sleep)
  • Passionate about research, particularly at the network, transport, and session layers
  • Ability to communicate highly complicated technical material in a simple manner to other Lefties
  • Ability to work with programmers to write better applications to enhance network capabilities
  • Learn new concepts fast, and become an expert in nearly any domain
  • You have high expectations of yourself and others
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Useful Things

  • Knowledge/curiosity of distributed systems, mesh technology, data mining, cryptography
  • Knowledge/curiosity of protocol design, network measurement, peer-to-peer (P2P), network neutrality
  • Knowledge/curiosity distributed systems, decentralized networking
  • Knowledge/curiosity in machine learning
  • Ability to write and present technical white papers and research at industry events, to the media, and to investors
  • Knowledge (and willingness) that sometimes it requires we work around the clock – not because someone is poking you with a sharp stick, but because we want to and we realize that we can build something of real and lasting value

Personality

  • You must be a risk taker who has a passion for entrepreneurism.
  • We still classify ourselves as a Start-up even though we are an international team of 80+. We are presently approx. 20 in Maple Ridge and 60+ in Bangladesh, so, you must want to work in a Start-up.
  • You realize that failure is an option, because failure means that you have started
  • Maybe you have worked in a senior technical role already, or maybe you are just finishing up your PHD and can’t wait to dive into the real world, but in any scenario, you wish to be part of a smaller team where you would have a direct impact on the business as a whole
  • You must be a self-starter and be able to manage yourself and your projects
  • You can self-learn as things change; and quickly, because learning is something that you have to do daily
  • You should be up-to-date on your Internet memes (that way you know if we are laughing at you or with you). Bonus points if you have earned a whack of karma on reddit and are ready to say, “I am part of the team that developed the next generation YO! protocol used by billions… AMA”
  • You should want to build something really cool, so that in a couple of years we all say, “Wow! Look what we’ve built together”
  • You must believe in the mantra of “Work hard, play hard.”
  • You must be able to laugh at yourself and roll with the punches
  • You must tolerate animals (on any given day, we may have a dog in the office. Or sometimes a cat. Though never together. That day was not a good one).

Compensation & Next Steps

Your salary will be competitive and based on your experience, however, we are a start-up and, as we build this out together, we will all share in the upside and increased compensation as revenues increase for the brands you are involved in. If you are interested in working on a world-class network of premium mobile and web businesses, then please send us a recent resume (online links are fine) along with your salary expectations to careers@leftofthedot.com and/or careers@yo.com. No phone calls or unexpected visits please because we have developers here and they are easily startled. Thanks in advance for considering us, and while we thank all those who apply, only those who are being considered may be contacted. Left of the Dot (and YO!) is a small, but growing company. Fit and a willingness to learn is more important than experience. But because we are small, we apologize in advance if we can’t respond to everyone. Learn more about us at www.LeftOfTheDot.com or about our hot project at www.YO.com