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We're still hiring at Angaza, looking for 3 great engineers.

1. Backend developer. We have a pretty darn clean python 2 codebase with great code coverage. It does pretty nifty things not only talking with our custom hardware using custom protocols we've designed but also driving our own double-entry accounting engine.

2. Frontend developer. Our frontend is implemented in knockout.js in a HATEOAS-ful way. Our UI is sparse but featureful; you'll have plenty of opportunities to drive the architecture and make your mark. If you want technical challenges, think about how to squeeze every last bit of performance out to benefit our primary userbase in East Africa who have high latency internet connections.

3. Android developer. One of the most interesting pieces of our tech stack; our Android app is not just another webview, but does pretty tricky things like complex audio signal processing to communicate with our custom hardware. Your app will potentially be one of the first smartphone apps that "bottom billion" people on the planet interact with, as they leapfrog into the future.

Drop us a line today (and ping me if you do). We'd love to talk to you!

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[we're growing the team in San Francisco only right now, but if you're really super interested ping me anyway]
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Climbing friends, if you are bored, here are approximately 2000 words describing a minor rappelling incident I had on Sunday.

Spoiler alert: nothing really bad happened.

At the same time, I was reminded of some important lessons, and here, I pass them along to you so you can ruminate on them from the comfort of your home instead of whilst 200+ feet off the deck.

[Non-climbing friends, there's a fair bit of jargon in there, but you may be entertained nonetheless.]
It was a bluebird Sunday and I was a dead weight, stuck and swinging stupidly in space, 7 feet away from the nearest solid surface in any direction. My rappel was in the midst of going awry. Continuing down would've resulted in guaranteed major injury if not outright death.
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Shiiiit, Alex. So glad it all turned out ok. 
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Climbing with the milk dogs crew. Happy to report that Smith Rocks are beautiful.
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No joke!  Nice pics, Alex!
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Bike ride to Hetch Hetchy and climbing in the Valley
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First time up in Point Reyes.

The Pacific is very cold.
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Still one of my favorite places...
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First time strapping on crampons in a long time.
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I'm pretty pleased with Ubuntu on the XPS13 Developer edition.
My employer Angaza Design (we're hiring!) recently bought me a new 4th gen Dell XPS13 developer edition. Naturally, I opted for the version with Ubuntu 14.04 preloaded and what Dell calls a “QHD+ (3200 x 1800) InfinityEdge Touch Display”. Initially I had some mild annoyance since overall HiDPI ...
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+Kamal Mostafa hey! any chance that the DKMS I linked to will be SRU'ed into trusty so users don't have to find and install it on their own?
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We're hiring at Angaza.

Our mission is to help the one billion people who still burn kerosene for light and get them onto clean solar energy.

Our engineering team punches past its weight. With only five engineers, we've built a tightly integrated vertical stack of custom hardware, an Android app, and a web app.

Thousands of devices powered by our tech are already deployed in the field. Families have stopped using kerosene because of us. We want to increase our shipments by several orders of magnitude and get more people onto solar and away from Burning Things.

Come join us. We're mature enough that we have a coherent design for our tech, early enough that there are still plenty of greenfield opportunities to build new things.

You'd work on our backend stack, which consists of python, postgres, and a lightweight flask layer to expose our API.

If you've been thinking about joining an early stage startup that can make a legitimate difference in the world, send us a resume.

And if this isn't for you (for now), please do share with your networks.

Thanks!
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~15 miles (24K) round trip, 4800' (1475m) elevation gain, 6 pitches of climbing in 12 hours car-to-car.
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Riding the Delta Loop, from Sac back to Pittsburg.

One of the best bike tours I've ever been on.
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That's gonna be a beautiful ride during the summer. I drove the northern route in the winter and it was breath-taking!
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Getting reacquainted with the Valley.
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Amazing tweetstorm explaining why well-intentioned, moderate, white, cis males think there's a thing such as #toxictwitter.

This post can be thought of as a follow-up to my last post.
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  • Angaza Design
    2014 - present
  • Canonical Ltd.
    2010 - 2014
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