Want a job at Twitter? Come on down to Sunnyvale

Metaphorically speaking, the size of the workforce about to occupy Twitter’s new Silicon Valley outpost in Sunnyvale is quite a few characters shy of a full tweet.

The  8,000-square-foot office, which my colleague George Avalos wrote about last May in the Mercury News,  can apparently accommodate 40 or 50 employees, a drop in the bucket for a company that employed more than 900 as of 2012. Now a report  in the TechCrunch blog says those bodies may soon be on the premises:


Twitter recently posted its first job listing for that location. It’s looking for a “software engineer, core runtime diagnostics.” The company wants someone “awesome, passionate, and nice,” so, y’know, apply accordingly.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the TechCrunch report that the office is now open for business, but would not comment about new hiring. As the report pointed out:

At this point, the company has locations around the world, so one more office doesn’t seem like a huge deal. But it’s interesting to see that one of the pro-SF symbols in the Silicon Valley-versus-San Francisco startup debate is also building a presence in the Valley — albeit a relatively small one for now.

Sunnyvale’s economic development manager Connie Verceles did not immediately return a phone call for comment, nor did Twitter’s public-relations staff respond to my email.


But as George’s report said, Twitter’s albeit humble move into the South Bay helps not only boosts tech hiring in an already red-hot area of job-growth,  but it’s one more factor to weigh in the emerging debate between San Francisco and San Jose over what Silicon Valley really means anymore.


The San Francisco-based microblogging service has leased 8,000 square feet near the Caltrain station in Sunnyvale, according to brokers with Colliers International who arranged the deal.

“This is a big deal for this area — a tech company from San Francisco opening an office in Silicon Valley,” said Colliers broker Kevin Moul.

A number of high-profile companies have agreed to lease large blocks of space in Sunnyvale over the last several months, including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), LinkedIn and Amazon unit Lab 126.

Here’s a neat little map showing the location of the new office:


Our Mercury News report quoted David Sandlin, a senior vice president with Colliers, who pointed out that:


“Twitter bypassed Mountain View and Palo Alto, even though there are blocks of space the same size as this lease, because we do offer the ability to expand at our location. Twitter is on a high growth curve.”

Here an opening that appeared a few days ago on the job-search engine LinkUp:

Twitter is seeking experienced software engineer obsessed with root causing complex systems issues and helping others do the same.  In this role, you will develop full stack diagnostics tools and frameworks to help others root cause bugs and performance issues. You will be exposed to Twitter’s infrastructure and application architecture and develop an in-depth understanding of each.


But before you fire off that resume, be sure you read this requirement:

Proficient with one or more: gdb, perf, oprofile, wireshark, gchisto, yourk


And as if that weren’t a high enough bar, here’s the final thing Twitter is asking of its prospective employees:

You are awesome, passionate, and nice




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