[Chicago] Cool Chicago Startup (Food Genius) looking for Python Developer

Lian, Ruiguang rlian at chicagobooth.edu
Fri Dec 23 14:00:42 CET 2011

Hi Everyone,

Chicago startup Food Genius is looking for a full-time Python developer.  The work seems really interesting and it's a good opportunity to join a cool startup at a critical (early) stage.  See below for details.  Please feel free to forward.


Food Genius is seeking a full-time Senior Python Developer to join our team. This position will hold primary responsibility for ingesting and normalizing large volumes of food-related data and will be deeply involved in the day-to-day programming challenges at Food Genius.

About You:
You’re passionate about elegant code and delicious food. You enjoy working in a fast-paced, high-expectations environment and are comfortable with the risk and uncertainty that is part of any technology-based startup. You love working with both structured and unstructured data; scraping and parsing plain text into linked and relational data sounds like a fun way to spend an afternoon. You hate being micro-managed and have the initiative to work aggressively towards a goal.

The ideal candidate will have all of the following experiences / attributes:

  *   Experience with multiple technologies, languages and systems including highly available data systems and API and service-based architecture;
  *   Self-motivated, organized and accountable;
  *   Heaps of experience with Python, including web frameworks like Django;
  *   Expertise with relational databases such as PostgreSQL or MySQL, and familiarity with NoSQL databases like MongoDB;
  *   Familiarity with operations, system administration and monitoring, including cloud-based services like AWS and Rackspace Cloud Servers;
  *   Experience with the tools we use like Fabric, Apache, RabbitMQ, Memcached, Redis, Hive/Hadoop;
  *   The ability to multi-task and work efficiently under pressure with careful attention to detail; and
  *   The ability to work with a diverse set of stakeholders (coworkers, clients, investors, and the mentors) to complete a project.

About Us:
Food Genius is a dining-out data company, providing the food industry with actionable, real-time data on emerging trends and app developers with access to the web’s largest database of restaurants and their dishes. By tracking more than 14.3m restaurant menu items and how consumers interact with them, Food Genius leverages the social web to generate high quality and incredibly granular data for an array of commercial and consumer uses.

We built Food Genius to solve two problems. First, nearly every food discovery app or website suggests a restaurant, not a dish. Even worse, restaurant review websites are becoming less and less useful over time; nearly all user generated ratings descend into 3-star averages and text reviews lack context. Secondly, the food industry lacks quality data. Consumers spend more than $600b/year dining out, but there is virtually no longitudinal data on their behavior.

Food Genius is on a mission to help everyone love what they eat. For developers, Food Genius offers a best-in-class API with friendly data licensing terms. Apps can access data on more than 600,000 US restaurants, more than 200,000 full menus, and taste-based dish or restaurant suggestions. For the food industry, our data is the perfect platform for new product development, marketing strategy, and demand projections.

Founded in 2010, Food Genius is a graduate of Excelerate Labs (www.exceleratelabs.com<http://www.exceleratelabs.com/>) and we are currently a “startup in residence” in IDEO’s Chicago studio.

How to Apply:
If this sounds like your kind of gig, please email a cover letter, your resume / work history, and your GitHub profile to Justin at getfoodgenius.com<http://getfoodgenius.com/>. We’re looking for someone to start ASAP.

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