Ray Ozzie starts to emerge from stealth mode

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Ray Ozzie’s new software effort is starting to emerge.

Ozzie, the former chief software architect for Microsoft — and the force behind Windows Azure — is looking for a lead UX/UI designer, according to a job posting spotted on Facebook on Wednesday night. Candidates are asked to send their information to jobs@cocomo.com.

Details are slim, but the effort is clearly focused on mobility, and, interestingly, the ideal candidate should show proficiency in iOS and Android, according to the ad. There is no mention of Windows Phone.

According to the post:

We’re looking for a highly skilled, detail-oriented candidate who will bring deep interaction design & visual design capabilities to the core team.  It’s key that you already understand and embrace the conceptual models, constraints and affordances of the mobile/social design environment – which today means interest in the likes of

- iOS & Android, in both phone & pad form factors
- HTML/CSS, JS, WebGL as applied to the mobile environment
- Email & SMS, Facebook, Goggle+, [sic] Twitter
- Our multi-faceted identities, and issues of privacy & openness
- The social anthropology of our ever-growing use of mobile

Ozzie, who also led the team that developed Lotus Notes, is well-respected by programmers. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates once called him the best programmer on the planet — and that was when Ozzie was still at Lotus Development Corp., a competitor to Microsoft. Gates later handpicked Ozzie as his successor as the chief software architect at Microsoft.

Applicants in the Seattle and Boston areas are preferable, although San Francisco or New York are options for the right candidates.

Ozzie, reached by email, had no comment.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user D.Begley

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