Chief Technology Officer

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Position Overview: As part of a recent $10M series A investment, Praetorian is building out the executive team and actively seeking a seasoned CTO with a demonstrated track record of success that can provide inspirational and technical leadership. Reporting to the CEO and partnering with the VP of Engineering and the VP of Product, you will be responsible for setting the technical direction and strategy, converting business requirements into technology and design blueprints, and translating our long-term research and development bets into business outcomes.

From software hacking to hardware hacking, we help secure everything from cryptocurrency exchanges and space telescopes to autonomous vehicles and the electric grid. You will have the opportunity to work with some of the best security engineers in the world who hail from organizations such as Amazon, CIA, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, NSA, Redhat, Sun Microsystems, and US Air Force. As an Inc. Best Places to Work, Inc. 500 | 5000, Cybersecurity 500, and Austin Fast 50 Award recipient, we are seeking an individual that understands the professional and personal growth attached to this opportunity and who has the corresponding internal drive to maximize it.

Career opportunity:
  • Join an industry with massive socio, economic, and political importance in the 21st century
  • Work alongside some of the best and the brightest minds in the security industry
  • Leave an indelible mark on a company where individual performance has real impact
  • Be recognized, internally and publicly, for your contributions in a high profile position
  • Align your career trajectory with a hyper growth company that is on the move
  • Be part of the leadership team designing and building out our first product
  • Help drive novel research, that if successful, will be game changing to the security industry
Accountable for:
  • Partnering with product and engineering to bring quality software to our customers
  • Aligning the strategy, planning, and execution of the technology roadmap with the company's business objectives
  • Translating the company's long term bets and research and development initiatives into business outcomes

Starting with:

  • A seasoned Executive team that has created a profitable company with a $20M run rate
  • A seasoned VP Engineering with an experienced software development team
  • Multiple closed beta customers with a hundreds of thousands in ARR
  • $10M in series A funding
If this position is wildly successful, in one year you will have:
  • Successfully designed a platform that can match the scaling and cost optimization requirements of a freemium offering
  • Architected a scan and correlation engine that meets our core value proposition commitments to our customers
  • Assisted the engineering team operationalize our AI research and development into our vulnerability discovery pipelines
  • Created a flexible, extensible, and portable architecture that allows customer-based customization and an ecosystem of partner-based integrations
  • Contributed to the attraction of A players to the research, development, and engineering teams
Core responsibilities:
  • Provide the technical vision, set the technical direction, and convert the technical strategy into an actionable roadmap
  • Align technology decisions and design strategies with the company's near term and long term objectives
  • Lead a small, but talent dense team of architects and seasoned engineers that advise and assist product, engineering, and services
  • Provide technological, design, and architectural leadership to Engineering and Product Management
  • Lead a small, but talent dense artificial intelligence team that is conducting groundbreaking research in vulnerability discovery
  • Guide the company's long-term innovation bets and manage the company's Research & Development initiatives
  • Identify, compare, and decide on technology solutions that will meet current and future needs
  • Develop strategic plans and set timelines for evaluation, development, and deployment of all technologies
  • Keep up with market trends to ensure our technical strategy stays current and contributes to our competitive advantage
  • Collaborate with Product Management to transform requirements into technical specifications and software designs within an agile environment
  • Collaborate with Engineering to balance the trade-offs between short-term development velocity and long-term technical debt
  • Collaborate with Services by guiding and influencing the structure and composition of our engineering rotational program and how engineers and computer scientists from Services spend and effectively utilize their engineering time
  • Assist in the recruitment, development, and retention of high performing technical talent
Required qualifications:
  • 10 years of experience as a technology executive
  • 10 years of people management experience leading a high performing team of architects, developers, and researchers
  • Prior experience in a high growth, venture funded tech startup
  • Prior software engineering, architecture, and research & development experience
  • Experience architecting complex platforms using modern tech stacks, design patterns, and development practices
  • Highest pinnacle of technical excellence with an ability to inspire confidence within your team and other departments and stakeholders
  • Knack for cross-cutting technical excellence with pragmatic business acumen that allows you to serve as a trusted advisor to the CEO
  • Track record of recruiting, mentoring, and scaling engineering talent and building a strong engineering culture in an agile environment
  • Experience in a high-accountability, cross-functional environment who can work collaboratively and effectively with services, product, & engineering
  • BS in computer science, engineering, physics, or mathematics
Desired qualifications:
  • Experience with rapid innovation processes and agile/scrum development practices
  • Experience with single page applications, micro-service architectures, and event driven architectures
  • Experience with artificial intelligence and an ability to lead the machine learning and data science team
  • Prior background in the cybersecurity domain a major plus
  • MS in computer science or computer engineering
Desired behaviors:
  • Exceptional team management skills with excellent verbal and written communication
  • Ability to helicopter up and down between long-term technical strategy and day-to-day short-term needs
  • Ability to simplify the complicated and direct team members to the highest-leveraged activities
  • Ability to maintain high levels of output and work ethic
  • Personable individual who enjoys working in a team-oriented environment
  • Comfort dealing with ambiguity in an environment where we build the plane as we fly it
  • Ability to self-direct work, orient to action, and truly own the position in a hyper-growth environment
Compensation package includes:
  • Highly competitive salary
  • Employee stock option plan with a package commensurate for the position
  • 16 weeks of fully paid maternity and paternity leave
  • 70% company coverage on health insurance premium
  • 4% company 401K matching vested immediately
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
We are committed to an inclusive and diverse Praetorian.  We are an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status, or any other legally protected status.
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98 San Jacinto Blvd , Austin, TX 78701

What are Praetorian Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers $73 of expenses.
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Acme's health insurance policy covers up to 73% of out of pocket expenses.
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Our pet insurance policy covers up to 80% of out of pocket expenses.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 80 hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted Once per week.
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
We have annual budget of up to $5000 for paid industry certifications.
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