I’m a developer – even if lately I spend more of my time in something other than a text editor. My amazing team and I – along with Rackers throughout the organization – focus on something called “Developer Experience.”
Back when Rackspace launched as a five-person startup 15 years ago, hundreds of IT hosting companies were providing access to single-tenant servers over the Internet. What those hosting companies didn’t provide, however, was customer service. Most wouldn’t even answer the phone.
As part of our charitable efforts, the Rackspace Foundation selects several local STEM education organizations to give back to. Last year (and now in 2014), the San Francisco Office worked closely with Black Girls Code, a nonprofit that introduces technology and computer programming to a new generation of coders from underrepresented backgrounds. The goal of the initiative is to expose young women and pre-teens of color to emerging trends in science and math.
Rackspace’s collaborative developer workspace Geekdom San Francisco co-hosted a hackathon recently with the Highground Hackers to develop solutions to mental health issues. The hackathon generated 12 great solutions to real challenges.
Since we launched Rackspace Cloud Databases in August 2012 we have experienced great commitment from our customers who have chosen it as their database platform. In this time, we have expanded the availability of Cloud Databases from three to six regions worldwide, keeping the pricing simple, improving reliability and increasing performance.
Our culture is obsessed with perfection. We have endless debates about it: the perfect movie, the perfect job, the perfect car, the perfect guitar riff. We seek out the best restaurants and order the best entrée. And who isn’t inspired to be the best by the song played during the All-Valley Karate Championships montage in The Karate Kid?