CTO/Founding Engineer

  • US$250000 - US$350000 per annum
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Permanent

CTO/Founding Engineer

We are on the lookout for a highly skilled CTO/Founding Engineer to join our innovative startup in the SF Bay Area. This role demands a forward-thinking individual who can navigate and model evolving business, system, and data requirements efficiently. As the CTO/Founding Engineer, you will play a critical role in driving the technological vision and execution of our generative AI platform for video editors.

About the Company

The company mission is to revolutionize the video editing process through cutting-edge AI technology. Founded by a former film and TV professional who understands the challenges of storytelling, we aim to alleviate the burdens of editing, empowering more people to tell their own stories. Our platform streamlines the editing workflow, making it easier to craft compelling visual narratives.

About the Role

The CTO/Founding Engineer will lead the technical team, ensuring rapid convergence of engineering backlogs and continuous improvement of our platform's velocity. You will be pivotal in solving complex technical problems, making critical decisions on system scalability, and maintaining high standards of code quality and system design. Your expertise will help shape the future of our generative AI platform, enabling users to transform raw footage into polished stories effortlessly.

What We Can Offer You:

  • Competitive salary and equity options
  • Flexible work environment
  • Opportunity to shape the future of video editing technology
  • Collaborative and innovative work culture
  • Professional growth and development

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the engineering team to deliver high-quality software solutions
  • Model and manage shifting business, system, and data requirements
  • Troubleshoot complex systems and code, ensuring high performance and reliability
  • Evaluate trade-offs of various data modeling strategies and system designs
  • Drive continuous improvement in engineering practices and team velocity


  • Proven experience as an Engineering Leader in a startup environment
  • Mastery in troubleshooting and optimizing complex systems and code
  • Diverse programming experience in multiple problem domains, including SaaS, video, scientific, security, and HPC
  • Strong understanding of high and low-level design patterns and their impact on team and system scalability
  • Expertise in concurrency, parallelism, and networking
  • Ability to make informed decisions about data modeling strategies, programming languages, and system architectures
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Passion for continuous improvement and lifelong learning in software engineering
Sam Baker Managing DevOps Consultant

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