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Lightspeed Systems Overview

Austin, TX
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Since 1999, Lightspeed Systems has provided smart solutions for school networks, working to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. With our K-12 school partners, we have helped protect and engage more than 25 million students around the world.

Mission: To transform education by empowering IT departments in schools around the world -- and making it easy for them to empower their users.

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Lightspeed Systems – Why Work For Us?

Always be learning.
Always be teaching.

Education is undergoing a technology revolution. New devices and tools are added to the classroom every day. The IT department is responsible for keeping all this technology managed, safe, and working.

This is where we come in. Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, managed, and mobile.

Since 1999, we’ve helped thousands of schools around the world protect and engage more than 25 million students.

We want to transform education by empowering IT departments in schools around the world — and make it easy for them to empower their users.

We work diligently and intelligently as a team to create innovative solutions and better ways of doing things. Every day, every employee has an opportunity to change the world in the most meaningful way: by improving education.


In June 2016, Lightspeed Systems packed its bags and moved from its original offices in Bakersfield, CA, to the live-music capital of the world: Austin, TX. The reason behind the move was simple. As President and CEO Brian Thomas put it, “Right now, Austin is the most innovative and dynamic place in the country for technology.” That statement could not be truer.

However, the tech scene is not the only draw to Austin. With vibrant entertainment and culture, world-famous cuisine and stunning outdoor settings, it’s no wonder that Austin grows by 150 people each day. If you're looking for a city where the folks play Chicken $%!# Bingo, and breakfast tacos are taken seriously; where you can bike anywhere, and find queso everywhere — then we insist you check out Austin. Lightspeed Systems would be happy to welcome you and introduce you to the colorful, warm culture that fills this city!

Brian Thomas, President & CEO


Brian Thomas is the president and CEO at Lightspeed Systems, creating a unified vision and guiding all divisions within the company toward it. Brian inspires a commitment to excellence that has made Lightspeed a leader in educational technology and a trusted partner to its customers. Brian joined Lightspeed in 1999 as regional sales manager. His excellence and dedication earned him the Top Sales Award in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008; then the position of CRO — and eventually the position of president.

Rob McCarthy, Founder


Rob McCarthy is the founder of Lightspeed Systems and its senior software developer, specializing in network protocols, antivirus, spam, and web crawlers.In 1984, McCarthy established MacSoft, which is now incorporated as Lightspeed Systems. He also founded Lightspeed Net, which was acquired and incorporated into EarthLink in 2000.

Joel Heinrichs, Board Secretary & Treasurer


Joel Heinrichs is secretary and treasurer of Lightspeed Systems board, providing fiscal guidance to the rapidly growing company that serves the K-12 education market. Prior to his current position, Heinrichs was CEO of Lightspeed Systems. Before this, he was president of Lightspeed Net, a regional ISP that was established as a division of Lightspeed Systems, but quickly grew to serve 20,000 customers in central California.

Why work here?

We work diligently, intelligently and collaboratively to create innovative solutions and better ways of doing things. Each day, each employee has an opportunity to change the world in the most meaningful way: by improving education. Lightspeed Systems has the culture of a start-up (collaboration, access, innovation) with the stability of a company that's been around since 1999, getting bigger and smarter each day.

What to expect

Expect to join a passionate team and to be a true contributor. (There's no hiding behind bureaucracy.) Expect to love coming to work, but to work with people who understand the importance of play, family, and community, too. Expect to think outside boxes and do amazing things.

Extra perks

Besides a meaningful career working with inspiring co-workers and a chance to change the world? Yes, there's more than all that.

  • 401k program
  • Competitive salaries
  • Excellent medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Gym memberships
  • Meals and snacks
  • Fun activities

Sound like you?

If this sounds like the sort of company, mission, and team you can get behind, we want to hear from you! Check out the open positions in our Portland, OR; Austin, TX; and London, UK, offices. If you don't see a fit, send your résumé and a cover letter to (Recruiting agencies: Lightspeed Systems recruits talent directly and by working with a few select recruiting partners. We do not accept unsolicited résumés from agencies, and we'll only pay an agency fee if we have a signed agreement in place ahead of time.)

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    I’ve been with Lightspeed for many years and some specific things keep me around - and keep me happy:
    A mission to keep kids safe
    Always having a voice
    A culture of growth and adaptation
    Appreciation for hard work
    Lots of leadership and opportunity without micromanagement

    Things are never boring at Lightspeed because they’re always innovating and adapting to the market. Every employee has a voice and an opportunity to be heard. And while it’s a fairly flat organization just in terms of the management structure, there’s always an opportunity for growth in what you do and how you make an impact.

    Some 20 year old companies can get stuck in “that’s how we do things” thinking and Lightspeed doesn’t, always looking for smarter ways to innovate in products and processes across departments.


    For me, there are no cons. Just opportunities to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the innovation!

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Lightspeed Systems Interviews



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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Lightspeed Systems (Austin, TX) in November 2017.


    After completing a phone screen and a project I was invited to an in-person interview. I was seated in a small room for the entire interview. The interview was with 3 groups of 2 people, all developers, for 1 hour each. The questions they asked were mostly about my background and each group asked for white boarding. The questions about my background were repetitive; each group asked essentially the same questions and I had to repeat myself.

    Their work environment was open-air and looked quite cramped. They mentioned having catering on Fridays, but the food looked like somewhat cheap pizza. Not something I would've wanted to consume. Some members of the dev team had been there for 15 years or more. Lots of gray hair. The newer members of the team where noticeably more friendly. Might be awkward for a younger developer. The team completely lacked any diversity, which isn't a huge deal for me but some people do care about this.

    However, after the in-person interview they failed to provide feedback as to whether I got the job or not. I emailed asking for a timeline for the decision and got no response. It took 2 1/2 weeks for them to get back to me with a simple “no thanks". The "no" didn't offend me as much as their disregard for my time and apparent lack of respect for me personally. I’d say in 6 years in the industry I’d never been treated so poorly.

    The interview experience was marred by their inability to provide basic feedback in a timely manner.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you go about learning how to do something you don't already know?   1 Answer
    • Write out the basic architecture for a RESTful web app.   Answer Question
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