Employee Spotlight: Sam Perman

Sam Perman, Architect at Brightcove and at home beer brewer, tells us what it is like to work at Brightcove. Sam joined Brightcove in early 2006 and has made a huge impact on the scalability of our back end systems.


Name: Sam Perman Role: Architect

Where are you from and where did you attend school?  I grew up in Illinois, went to high school in Ohio, and attended college at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

How did you end up in Boston?  I started in Tampa with a telco, relocated to Dallas, then finally relocated to Boston where I explored opportunities with local startups. I found a home in Boston.  

When did you join Brightcove? Early 2006.  

Why did you join Brightcove? I'd worked with many of the early Brightcove employees at previous jobs. It was such a pleasure working with them the first time around, that it was a great opportunity to have that chance again.    

What do you work on at Brightcove? I've dabbled in some of the front end technologies, there may even be a line or two of my code in our flash player, but most of my efforts are on the backend software. My focus has been on scalability for the last couple years. I'm also active in our production support team that keeps things running when things go wrong.  

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? I play soccer with my kids and basketball with my co-workers. I started brewing beer a couple years ago and have been trying to make a new batch every month or so.  

What is one thing you couldn't live with out? my wife and kids... my wife and kids suggested I say that.  

What is your hidden talent? Whistling.  

What is the typical day of an Architect? Most of my days are split. I probably spend half my time or more on my own team's projects. Usually that involves writing software. We've been working on how do we keep our service up and running in the face of major events.  I also spend a lot of my time working with other teams, whether its brainstorming a new design, reviewing deployment plans, or chasing down interesting bugs.  

What is your favorite memory or experience at Brightcove? A couple years ago there were a series of celebrity scandals in the news. The scandals themselves aren't very interesting, but watching the spike in traffic to our system was impressive. It became really clear how widespread the Brightcove player was.  

What keeps you coming back to Brightcove each day? At the risk of sounding like a cliche, we have a great team, inspiring customers, and very interesting problems to solve.  

What type of person should work at Brightcove? Someone who is curious, creative and wants to make a difference, while motivated to do all 3 at the same time.