Software Engineer, Web – Lightstream

Software Engineer, Web – Lightstream


  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website Lightstream

Keep viewers hooked. Focus on your content. Not on being a technical wizard.

Lightstream is building the future of live video production. Since 2014, we have been building a cloud-based live streaming studio with the goal of removing all the technical hurdles and putting advanced production capabilities in the hands of beginners. Today, we have thousands of creators streaming with Lightstream Studio for thousands of hours every day. We have partnered with Microsoft to offer Lightstream Studio to millions of Xbox and Windows streamers as part of the native OS experience. We even license our technology to major game studios.


What’s next? At the core of the Studio experience is our patented cloud compositing pipeline. Lightstream Cloud has launched into beta. It is an entirely cloud-based, livestreaming production pipeline: ingest, produce, composite, and distribute all via an API. POST multiple sources of video or media, GET a fully composited and produced video sent to any destination – multi-input, multi-output, multi-format, and multi-transport.


As our newest teammate, you will work closely with the entire engineering team on our core products and services directly impacting the business and customers we serve. It is critical for you to work well in cross-functional teams and have a strong leadership presence that inspires other team members. This position also offers the opportunity to make architecture and design-level decisions that will have a direct impact on our workflows and standards as a company. Most importantly, as we are a startup, you must be comfortable balancing business needs and time-to-market, and make tradeoffs where appropriate.

Here are some things that we’re looking for in our next team member:
  • JavaScript expert in modern web practices ES2016+ and Node.JS.
  • Experience developing and managing state in a real time, collaborative web application.
  • Proficient in automated testing (Unit, Integration, Load, Perf).
We get really excited about people that can meet one or more of the following:
  • Familiarity or experience with digital audio/video concepts and technologies such as formats, codecs, containers, and transport methods.
  • Experience with WebRTC.
  • Experience with WebGL or similar technologies with browser interactions with the GPU.
  • Experience in functional and reactive programming concepts.
 Our team is driven by curiosity, a constant state of learning, good vibes, and strong opinions loosely held. We constantly reevaluate our past decisions to divine an even better path forward. Most of our team has deep experience in gaming (Razer, Steelseries, AMD/ATI, MLG, and more), livestreaming (Twitch, Mixer, and more), and video (OBS). We were one of the top companies to go through Techstars in 2015, have been awarded a Chicago Innovation Award, and our early believers include MK Capital, Pritzker Group, MATH Ventures, Drive Capital, and more. We’ve been proud to not only build something truly amazing, but to build a company and culture we can be proud of. We are grateful for the rare opportunity to solve exceptionally hard problems with people we love and respect.


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