Jacob Aronoff
  • @jaronoff
  • Incoming SWE @ Lightstep <> hackNY Alum <> USDR Volunteer
  • Boston
  • he/him/his
I'm a graduate from Northeastern University, where I was heavily involved with tutoring, entrepreneurship, events and clubs. I was the president of Northeastern's NUHacks club  - whose mission is to help students make, break, hack, design, build and other creative-type things, which is a mission near and dear to my heart. Outside of school, I was a hackNY fellow in 2017, and a mentor in 2018, and I will talk nonstop about how much i loved those experiences. I have also been the hackathon director for hackNY since 2018, running many hackathons and coordinating other events.

While in college, I worked for two years (non-consecutively) at Datadog in NYC as a Software Engineering intern on the alerting team. I was responsible for writing high-availability distributed systems in Golang and Python, and was heavily involved in building the company culture as well as incident response. 

In 2019, I became a co-op at Drift in Boston, where I worked as an SRE on implementing many of the best-practices I had learned at Datadog – including implementing canary deployments, autogenerated alerts and dashboards, and improved configuration. I accepted a full time offer at Drift, and worked part time through my final semesters at college. I was one of the leaders for the company's kubernetes migration, and was responsible for improving the reliability of the core messaging platform, which has had 99.9999% uptime because of my work. I have also been leading the company in our migration to the Istio service mesh. Most recently, I revamped our on-call rotation and paging infrastructure to improve engineer QOL. 

Starting in September of 2021, I began my new role on the Data Onboarding team as a Senior Software Engineer at Lightstep!
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Jun 2021 - Present

Engagement Volunteer, U.S. Digital Response

Aug 2021 - Present

Senior Software Engineer, Lightstep

Jan 2019 - Jul 2021

Software Engineer, Drift

Jun 2018 - Dec 2020

Hackathon DRI, hackNY