About Thinkst Applied Research

Address

Observatory, Cape Town

Company Size

15-50
Summary

What Thinkst does

Information security is in a woeful state, and Thinkst is making a difference with security products that tackle tough problems across the globe. Thanks to our extensive careers as software/network/system breakers, we've got a good sense of what works and what doesn't, and we're bringing that experience to market through products that make our clients safer.

Our Thinkst Canary is a unique honeypot system deployed across networks you use frequently, with customers including Silicon Valley unicorns, a nuclear research lab, retailers, financial services, academic institutions and more, across all seven (yes, seven!) continents.

Don't take our word for it... our customers frequently express their love.

Why Work For Us

You'll make a difference. We're small, and your code will quickly be running on networks you've only dreamed of. We pay well, leave is extremely flexible and fixed work hours are unknown in these parts.

We believe in exploration and setting aside time for fiddling. We're regular presenters at international security events and everyone in the company in encouraged to speak at conferences.

If you're looking for a company where you might touch kernel modules, Python code, and Javascript in a 6-month period, Thinkst is the place for you.

Values

These are the four principles that guide what we do:

  1. Be a learning organisation
  2. Do well by doing good
  3. Be a refuge from mediocrity
  4. Delight our customers

Our Culture

We're a remote-first company. You'll get the equipment needed to work from home if you choose that option, otherwise we also have office space in both Cape Town (Observatory) and Johannesburg (Sunninghill).

We aim to deliver on our promises. We also treat our people right. Customer queries get dealt with as a priority.

We believe in pushing our people in unfamiliar directions. As a company of unashamed generalists, we're equally happy slinging Python as we are poking around in the kernel. There are no holy cows here; we pick and use tech that works for the task at hand.

In our a small team, each person has a voice and the best idea wins. We hire primarily on team fit and potential; inexperience is not a hinderance if you're capable and willing to learn.

Getting hired

Our hiring process is flexible. In general there will be an initial in-person interview with at least one technical evaluation, plus additional interviews with the team members.

Perks
Macbooks!
Audible.com Subscription
Continuing education allowance
Dress code: shoes are optional
Flexible working hours
Charitable donation matching
Crazy low admin / bureaucracy
Research time
Extended paternity/maternity leave
Buy books on the company card
Remote work
Tech Stack

Application and Data

Amazon S3
Amazon EC2
Amazon VPC
Javascript
Python
MySQL
Redis
memcached
jQuery
HTML5
Go
Bootstrap
nginx
C
Vue.js
Kibana
Amazon Lambda

DevOps

GitHub
Jenkins
PagerDuty
Git
Docker
npm
Terraform
Packer
Bash

Utilities

Amazon Route 53
Amazon SES
Elasticsearch
Mailgun

Business Tools

Google Apps
Slack
Zendesk
Salesforce
Zoom