Posts in "Inside of ShuttleCloud"

Behind the API: Pranks

Another month, another post. The team has been working hard but between meetings, coding, and learning sessions there has also been time for meetups, traveling, and joking around—especially for joking around.

Things don’t get boring around here often, as there’s always someone ready to have a laugh and take the rest of the team along for the ride. Once the prank wheels are in motion, there’s no way to stop us.

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What it’s like to work at ShuttleCloud as an Engineer?

Following our series about startup culture, I would like to talk about the ShuttleCloud engineering team. Our engineering team is really small compared to most startup companies: there are only 6 engineers in it. However, we’ve achieved great things. We are proud to list Gmail, Google Contacts and Comcast among our clients.

We’re able to cope with Service-Level Agreements (SLAs) of 99.7%. Every day we perform more than 12,000 new migrations, which involves 12 million emails and 2.5 million contacts, supported through 247 different providers. We move 1TB of data every 6 hours, more than 220 TB per month and 6TB per hour during spikes.

ShuttleCloud Eng Team

The ShuttleCloud Engineering Team

So how is such a small team able to cope with this and, at the same time, be happy, restful and ready to grow and improve every day?

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Startup Perks don’t make the Culture

The concept of Startup Culture has attracted loads of attention and it has ofter been presented as the panacea for workplace satisfaction. Aspects that are frequently highlighted are fun office spaces, flexible hours, and perks, such as free meals, massage sessions, and the famous “startup ping pong table”.

But there must be more to it than meets the eye. Is the a startup’s culture just a particular aesthetic? Is it enough to offer perks to your employees?

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ShuttleCloud’s Felix Lopez joins the Google Security Hall of Fame!

Felix Lopez, a developer at ShuttleCloud, found a critical security vulnerability in Google’s Groups/Mailing List software. The vulnerability was specifically in the Groups Settings API and, if not fixed, private Google group archives could have been made public and browsable by employees, for example, and even by the public in some cases. Google immediately fixed this security issue and awarded Felix with a Google Security Reward.

Felix has joined the Hall of Fame many years before it’s time to hang his jersey from ShuttleCloud’s rafters.

ShuttleCloud is proud to have a team member listed in this prestigious group. For the complete list, check out Google’s Security Hall of Fame page.