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Box.net hires for technology jobs in Boston

Posted on March 19, 2011

Box.net has announced it is hiring for technology jobs in Boston.

The Boston Business Journal writes:

A week after landing a $48 million round of venture capital, Box.net started hiring in Boston. The Palo Alto, Calif. provider of web-based storage and collaboration services is establishing a research and development unit in Cambridge’s Central Square.

The outpost is currently home to two engineers, said engineering manager Jeff Seibert, but that number could grow to as many as 15. “We’re structuring this office as sort of an R&D group,” Seibert said. “It’s going to be more longer-term projects that don’t fit into our weekly release cycle.”

A Stanford University graduate in 2008, Seibert worked on his own startup, Increo, developing document preview software. The company was acquired by Box in 2009. Seibert moved to Boston almost exactly a year ago.

“It’s very hard to hire out in Silicon Valley,” he said. “It’s hard here too. But we really wanted to play in both markets.”

Hiring began with postings on the startup job service Greenhorn Connect for a developer versed in Apple Inc.’s developer framework, Cocoa, and a Web engineer. Seibert said the company does a lot of coding in Ruby, and has done quite a bit in Adobe’s ActionScript and Flash. The company is looking at ways to move away from Flash toward HTML5, he said.

Boston is a “fantastic city” for tech and startups, Seibert said. “There’s so much going on and such a young vibrant community,” he said. “It’s a lot smaller, but the caliber of people is just incredible. It’s actually a little more fun because you feel the community is a managaebale size. You can get to know a lot of the people who make things happen and that’s less the case in the Valley.”

The most useful events so far have been those hosted by DartBoston, he said, adding that he was a former regular at Dart’s Pokin’ Holes series of events. The last Pokin’ Holes event was Sept. 30.

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