How Facebook Engineering Will Be Boston Strong

By David Cohen 

FacebookBoston650Facebook announced that it will assemble an engineering team in Boston, which will be led by Ryan Mack, an infrastructure engineer who was responsible for much of the back end of Timeline.

The social network added that the Boston engineering team will focus on infrastructure projects in areas such as data storage, networking, security, and language run times.

Mack wrote in a note on the Facebook Boston page:

About two-and-a-half years ago, my wife was offered a job at an awesome biotech startup in Boston, so I moved to the East Coast with her and joined a couple of other Facebook engineers working remotely from the Boston area. Facebook didn’t have any offices here at the time, but I was still able to work on some amazing projects — including the infrastructure behind our Timeline and photos products — from a series of coffee shops, libraries, and co-working spaces. At one point, a couple of us even worked out of a basement in Chinatown. (The food was amazing.)

Of course, a lot has changed since I first moved here. We’ve helped more than 1.19 billion people around the world connect on Facebook; we’ve retooled our engineering organization to focus on mobile first; and we’ve taken on bigger and bigger challenges as a company, including — most recently — an effort to help connect the next 5 billion people on the planet. We’ve faced some unprecedented engineering and infrastructure challenges to get to this point, and now we’re facing a whole new set. We’re going to need even more help to meet those new challenges, so we’ve decided to start building a new engineering team in Boston.

Facebook Boston will be our fifth official engineering team, along with Menlo Park, Seattle, New York, and London. Our engineering culture is incredibly important to us, so we are very deliberate when it comes to expanding that culture to new locations. But in many ways, Boston was an easy choice. The tech community here is world-class, from the incredible academic institutions, to the vibrant startup ecosystem, to the bevy of global companies that have teams here. We are thrilled to have found a new home here and hope we can help the community continue to thrive.

Our Boston team will start small, and will focus on challenging new infrastructure projects in areas like networking, storage, security, and language run times. If you’re interested in joining us, check out the Boston jobs page. And if you’d like to keep tabs on what we’re building and what we’re doing here, like our new Facebook Boston page.

Readers: Are you surprised it took Facebook so long to establish an engineering team in Boston, considering its Harvard University roots?


Main image of Facebook’s Boston headquarters building courtesy of “The Joy of Living” photography.