Raven Black

< 10 employees
< 10 engineers
$2m - $5m funding
Pre-series a

What turns a minor skirmish into a major war? How does a natural disaster become a humanitarian crisis?

Often, its poor decision-making caused by incomplete or inaccurate information that causes miscalculations, missed opportunities, and accidental escalations. That lack of knowledge and the uncertainty it causes is called the fog of war.

Raven Black's command and control software platform does precisely that by combining scalable data infrastructure, machine learning, and visualization tools. Its purpose is to lift the fog.

Why join us?

  • We are solving truly difficult problems. We deal with complex data, ranging from radar returns to video, at petabyte scale, on networks that will come under attack right when they're needed most.

  • Now is the time. Our customers are frustrated with the incumbent defense contractors, eager to work with innovative new teams, and ready to spend billions.

  • We have raised over $4.5M in venture funding, with our last round led by Accel. Since then, we have secured over $3.9M in contracts.

Engineering at Raven Black

Engineering team and processes

Our engineering team reconfigures for each project, and you have the opportunity to grow into new roles each time. We identify subject matter experts in different technical areas by team nomination and consensus.

All of our code goes through a peer-reviewed, pull request and CI process with Github. We manage our production infrastructure via Terraform in AWS with software deployed in Docker containers. Our entire test stack can run locally. Engineers can select their preference of OS, with most of the team on Mac or Linux.

Technical Challenges

The networks we operate on will come under physical attack. We cannot make any assumptions about persistent connectivity, so our platform has to extend from the edge to the cloud. If a base loses its connection, our systems must still function at some minimal capacity with only its local data cache. Once that connection is restored, the clusters must resynchronize to create a complete situational picture.

Projects you might work on
  • We are deploying our platform to detect 9/11-type events in real-time automatically. That means ingesting data from 300+ radar feeds from across the country, comparing them to FAA flight plans, and using ML to detect abnormal behavior.

  • Combat Search and Rescue — the process of recovering downed pilots — involves a mix of air and ground assets. We are working with the Red Flag - Rescue training exercise to collect data from aircraft, radios, GPS trackers, and dozens of other sources to accurately recreate events and improve the quality of their training.

  • We are building various applications that extend our core platform. Strata is our data engineering and exploration tool that makes it easy for data science teams to find and extract data and share it with other systems. Commander View is an in-browser, WebGL-based geospatial visualization suite that provides far more flexibility and interactivity than other mapping tools.

Tech stack

Working at Raven Black

We model our culture on Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks, the team that built the SR-71 Blackbird and F-117 Stealth Fighter. What made them successful is that they assembled small teams of exceptionally talented engineers, pointed them at hard problems, and had high expectations for the results. More importantly, they knew when to innovate and when to integrate so that their efforts went where they were needed most.

Perks & benefits
  • Pet Friendly

    Dogs are welcome in our office.

  • Beautiful Office

    We are located near Hayes Valley, we have a beautiful office with tons of light and lounge space.

  • Health Insurance

    We provide full medical and dental coverage.

  • Work from Home

    We allow team members to work from home one or two days a week if it helps you do your best work.

  • Other

    Hiring the best talent means we can't restrict our hiring to people that already work in defense or have security clearances. We are happy to sponsor new clearances.

Our Team by the Numbers

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