Career Day

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Today was Career Day for Hackbright. This is the day where we show our projects to 25+ companies. It was super fun and very informative.  We had 7 minutes with each company and the goals was to talk to them about their company, about ourself and about our project. All the companies were very nice and impress by us and our projects. Below are about the amazing companies that came out:

AltSchool

Company Description

AltSchool is reimagining K-8 education from the ground up. Our world-class team of educators, operators, and technologists is working together to build a network of micro-schools that offers a transformatively better school experience. We’re dedicated to creating and providing a child-centered, personalized education that leverages local experiential learning. AltSchool’s mission is to enable all children to reach their full potential, preparing students for the world in 2030 and beyond. AltSchool is a public benefit corporation and a Certified B Corporation which requires us to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Engineering Team Description

The Product, Engineering, and Design (PED) team is made up of a group of talented individuals working to craft a 21st century operating system to power the AltSchool personalized learning model. Our suite of software applications and hardware tools must serve four distinct user groups – students, teachers, parents, and the AltSchool Operations team – yet work together as a seamlessly integrated whole. The unique challenges that we face in this endeavor create opportunities to flex your creative and analytical skills on a variety of different products, such as our student activity playlist, teacher workflow dashboard, parent app. A user-driven approach guides our product design strategies, so we encourage members of PED to interact closely with our user-groups in a variety of ways, including regular classroom visits and our PED-Educator Buddy Program. Our technology stack currently includes Python, Go, and Postgres on the backend, and we use Ember.js on the front-end.

Amazon Web Services

Company Description

Amazon Web Services offers a broad set of global compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services that help organizations move faster, lower IT costs, and scale applications. The services our engineers invent and optimize are trusted by the largest enterprises and the hottest start-ups to power a wide variety of workloads including: web and mobile applications, data processing and warehousing, storage, archive, and many others. Our customers around the world know that by using AWS, the industry leader in this space, their data is secure and accessible 24/7. One of the key benefits of cloud computing is the opportunity to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs that scale with business demand. With AWS, companies no longer need to plan for and procure servers and other IT infrastructure weeks or months in advance. Instead, they can instantly spin up hundreds or thousands of servers in minutes to provide their customers with greater availability and flexible solutions. Today, AWS provides a highly reliable, scalable, cost effective infrastructure platform in the cloud powering creative endeavors in 190 countries around the world. AWS is constantly innovating to provide new features and services that best serve our customers.

Engineering Team Description

The Software Development Engineer (SDE) experience is a unique one at Amazon. Teams are structured in small groups with a strong impetus to innovate, drive end to end ownership and meet critical business goals. Fresh college graduates get to rub shoulders with outstanding software engineers and researchers with industry leading technical abilities, solving challenging engineering problems that affect millions of Amazon customers. Engineers also get to collaborate and work with teams across the globe, in the process being exposed to a range of technologies, best practices and solution patterns. Our brown bag sessions and Principal talks are among the most popular presentations with healthy debate and a cross pollination of ideas. All this contributes to the grooming of the ‘fungible’ Amazon engineer who has exemplary technical skills, sharp business acumen and a strong drive to get things done.

Bloomberg

Company Description

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. The company’s strength delivering data, news and analytics through innovative technology, quickly and accurately is at the core of the Bloomberg Professional service, which provides real time financial information to more than 315,000 subscribers globally. Bloomberg’s enterprise solutions build on the company’s core strength, leveraging technology to allow customers to access, integrate, distribute and manage data and information across organizations more efficiently and effectively. Through Bloomberg Law, Bloomberg Government, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Bloomberg BNA, the company provides data, news and analytics to decision makers in industries beyond finance. And Bloomberg News, delivered through the Bloomberg Professional service, television, radio, mobile, the Internet and three magazines, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets and Bloomberg Pursuits, covers the world with more than 2,400 news and multimedia professionals at more than 150 bureaus in 73 countries. Headquartered in New York, Bloomberg employs more than 15,000 people in 192 locations around the world.

Engineering Team Description

We are looking for software engineers who are interested in designing high-impact solutions to help our customers optimize complex workflows, efficiently manipulate large datasets, and make quick, intuitive decisions. The Software Engineer Training Program: our training program will prepare you to develop software in our large-scale and fast-paced environment. Topics will include real-time data processing, databases, networking and graphics technologies. During training, you’ll participate in lectures and labs as well as collaborate with colleagues through group projects. Mentors are available throughout training to ensure you’re fully prepared to hit the ground running once you join the group of your choice. After training, you will have the opportunity to continue learning through Bloomberg University, expand your network of technology and business experts, and attend presentations with world renowned guest speakers. Bloomberg’s software engineers are responsible for creating the world’s premiere source for real-time and historical market data and analytics. Engineers are given the responsibility to define, architect, build, and deploy complete systems that anticipate and fulfill our clients’ needs. Our agile development cycle allows us to roll out new software seven days a week. Small teams and access to managers creates a collaborative and innovative work environment. Engineers are given the opportunity to be creative and the impact of their contribution is highly visible throughout the company and to clients.

Dropbox

Company Description

Dropbox is in a unique situation: we seek to delight 300 million users across a range of products and have the infrastructure to store and process billions of files every day. We do this with only around 300 engineers. You have the opportunity to own a big part of our success and meaningfully impact Dropbox products and users every day. If you care about growth, ownership, and impact, there is really no better place than Dropbox to optimize for it, in the company of some exceptionally thoughtful engineers. Company values: be worthy of trust, sweat the details, aim higher, we not I, delight.

Engineering Team Description

Tech stack: a lot of Python, some Go. Tons of both product and infrastructure work across desktop, web, iOS, and Android.

Earnest

Company Description

Earnest is a next generation financial technology company intent on improving consumer lending. We are looking beyond traditional metrics like credit scores and using data science and software to reinvent lending. We are a merit-based lender with a different approach to personal lending and credit – we offer loans based on your achievements and potential capabilities along with your financial profile.

Engineering Team Description

We use significant amounts of data to make credit decisions. We are enthusiastic about Node.js, message queuing and AngularJS. Our data science team develops sophisticated statistical models to analyse financial responsibility. We need you to drive architecture and help build the next generation of our internal tools and the data analysis pipeline that powers our decision making. Our technology stack is well-organized and heavily-tested JavaScript. Server-side we run stateless, RESTful Node.JS services and a distributed task runner. Our client-side apps are statically built Angular.js SPAs using HAML and SASS. We believe in code reviews, pair programming and paying down technical debt. We are also actively exploring and investigating new languages and technologies to make our lives easier and deliver more powerful products. We are an 8 person engineering team. We appreciate service oriented architecture and prefer maintainability over cleverness.

Eventbrite

Company Description

We think events are awesome. Eventbrite is a self-service ticketing platform with mobile and web tools that allow event organizers to build and promote events – and ultimately sell tickets. Our organizers create events that range in size from small workshops and classes all the way up to huge festivals and events like the Black Eyed Peas in Central Park.

Engineering Team Description

At Eventbrite, we are taking a creative look at big, highly-complex problems in ticketing. While we are building tools to compete and win against huge ticketing companies going after the largest events, we believe there is an equally big and exciting opportunity in the long tail of events. Our business is positioned to dominate the small event market, but our engineering team is currently building the tools to compete and win against the biggest ticketing companies in the larger event space. Our workplace culture is unparalleled, and our engineers are world class. We are here looking for more of them. Python, Django, Java, MySQL, Cassandra, and MongoDB are our current tool set, but we are looking for great problem solvers. If you are great at something, we are probably interested.

Fathom

Representative(s):

  • Leslie Ugarte, HR Manager
  • Skyler Brungardt, Software Hiring Manager
  • Wilson Yan, Lead Web Application Developer

Company Description

Rapid prototyping, 3D printing, advanced manufacturing.

Engineering Team Description

Newly formed, consisting of two existing, growing to add 3 more.

GitHub

Company Description

GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over ten million people use GitHub to build amazing things together. With the collaborative features of GitHub.com, our desktop and mobile apps, and GitHub Enterprise, it has never been easier for individuals and teams to write better code, faster.

Engineering Team Description

150 members and growing! Globally distributed, our engineering team is responsible for building our product. GitHub helps millions of users take advantage of the best qualities of open source. Imagine openness, collaboration, good coding practices, workflow automation all made possible thanks to your contributions. Our state-of-the-art systems and infrastructure will make or break our goal to improve the lives of developers everywhere.

GoDaddy

Company Description

At GoDaddy, we’re passionate about changing the world – and the face of technology. Our mission is to empower small businesses to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures, and to have fun doing it. Our dedication to small businesses has helped us grow to more than 13 million customers worldwide. And we’re not just a global tech powerhouse. We’re also a company committed to promoting a diverse, inclusive culture. Since 2014, we’ve more than doubled our number of women engineering new graduate hires and interns, from 15% to 39%. This year, we pledge to conduct a compensation parity audit to ensure equal pay for equal work. Visit GoDaddy.com/Careers to see how you fit in!

Engineering Team Description

We are looking for Software Developers to join us in building the next generation products to help small businesses get online and be successful. Our team is working with latest and greatest Open Source technologies (JavaScript, Ruby, Python, Java, C#, Rails, Django, Node.JS, Spring, Express.JS, Backbone, Ember, AngularJS) and building innovative platforms and products at scale. We have fun environment and small teams where it is safe to take risks and try new ways of doing things. We believe we have the best of both worlds: a start-like environment with the velocity, freedom and empowerment and the stability and security of a big company on a fast growing market. The positions are located in all eight of our offices, Cambridge, MA, Cedar Rapids, IA, Kirkland, WA, Sunnyvale & San Francisco, CA, Tempe, Gilbert & Scottsdale, AZ.

Intuit

Company Description

Intuit has been recognized on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies To Work For” and ranked at the top of Fortune World’s “Most Admired Software Companies” list. Our 9,000 employees have brought over 250 innovations to life as we expand our social, mobile and global footprint — from QuickBooks®, TurboTax®, GoPayment, Mint.com — to big data, SaaS, and mobile solutions.

Engineering Team Description

Be part of the talented team that’s developing solutions to transform the way millions of small business and consumers are managing their financials around the globe. You’ll see that the code you write will make an immediate impact to the customer. You’ll be able to embrace our rapid experimentation culture by prototyping with different technologies – including Hadoop, Mongo, Dojo, HTML5, CSS3 and Ruby on Rails(ROR) – interacting with customers to understand customer pain points and iterating your creative solutions. Additionally, we support every engineer to innovate with new technologies and product ideas in their “white space” unstructured time. If you want to solve software engineering challenges and work in a culture that supports rapid experimentation and technology innovation, you’re definitely in the right space.

Invoice2Go

Company Description

Invoice2go is an invoicing app that allows small to medium size Businesses Invoice on the go. An Australian founded company that just opened up in Silicon Valley in 2014.

Engineering Team Description

Engineering team is global and consists of 30+ Engineers across Ruby and .Net

Karmic Labs

Company Description

Karmic Labs is a small, diverse team working to revolutionize the way teams communicate about money and expenses.

Engineering Team Description

6 engineers. We’re committed to testing, code review, learning, and teaching. We use Python, Flask, SQLAlchemy, Postgres, React.js.

Kindle

Company Description

Do you want to reinvent one of life’s daily activities? Do you get excited by working in a high-growth and fast-paced environment? Amazon Kindle is changing the way people consume digital media and continues to be one of the most innovative and fastest growing businesses at Amazon. The Kindle Content team works on making every content in every language available for every customer everywhere.

Engineering Team Description

The Software Development Engineer (SDE) experience is a unique one at Amazon. Teams are structured in small groups with a strong impetus to innovate, drive end to end ownership and meet critical business goals. Fresh college graduates get to rub shoulders with outstanding software engineers and researchers with industry leading technical abilities, solving challenging engineering problems that affect millions of Amazon customers. Engineers also get to collaborate and work with teams across the globe, in the process being exposed to a range of technologies, best practices and solution patterns. Our brown bag sessions and Principal talks are among the most popular presentations with healthy debate and a cross pollination of ideas. All this contributes to the grooming of the ‘fungible’ Amazon engineer who has exemplary technical skills, sharp business acumen and a strong drive to get things done.

LEVEL Studios

Company Description

At LEVEL Studios, we design product and marketing experiences for the world’s most innovative brands.

Engineering Team Description

Team Size: 15-20. General Practices: Front-End Development / Full Stack Development. Tech Stack: HTML5/CSS3. Java.

Lex Machina

Company Description

Lex Machina provides Legal Analytics to companies and law firms, enabling them to craft successful strategies, win cases, and close business. Legal Analytics combines data and software to provide the winning edge in the highly competitive business and practice of law. Supported by top tech companies and law firms, experts at Stanford’s Computer Science Department and Law School created Lex Machina to bring Legal Analytics to intellectual property law.

Engineering Team Description

Our tight knit engineering and product team is based in Menlo Park combined with remotes members in Sebastopol, Boston, and Dallas. We work with our legal experts and lead customers to develop tools for working with complex legal data and statistics. The tools use D3.js, other JavaScript visualization tools, and are backed by a Python based web application. Natural language processing and data mining is done in both Python and Java.

Metromile

Company Description

Metromile is a start-up with a soft spot for cars, a roadmap of great ideas, and a desire to seriously challenge the status quo. You could think of us as the David to the auto insurance industry’s Goliath. Our product leverages mobile technology, automotive telematics, and data-driven applications to make a car’s data accessible AND useful to modern drivers. Our app crunches all the data to offer: trip stats, decoded check-engine lights, street sweeping alerts, and car location. For those who don’t log a lot of miles each year, we offer the revolutionary alternative of pay-per-mile insurance. Why pay for the all-you-can-eat buffet when all you eat is the salad? We’re just getting started, so come disrupt more age-old traditions with us. Buckle up and get ready to drive with Metromile.

Engineering Team Description

Team Size ~20. We use Agile, have three cross-functional squads, do two week sprints, and daily stand-ups. Backend – Java, Front-End Angular and Backbone, Apps are native iOS and Android.

New Relic

Company Description

New Relic is the all-in-one web application performance tool that lets you see performance from the end user experience, through servers, and down to the line of application code. See the video here: blog.newrelic.com/2012/02/08/join-the-new-relic-family-were-hiring-good-smart-talented-people-video

Engineering Team Description

The engineering teams range in size from 2 to 15. Experience: Intern to PhD, 1 year to 30 years professional and everything in between. Results are what matter. Languages: Ruby, Javascript, Node, Python, PHP, Java, .NET, and C. Team Practices: Does “smorgasbord” count as a team practice? 😉 We have a smattering of agile practices, a sprinkling of Kanban, a dollop of LeanStartup, and a serving of Extreme programming. Teams are tasked with producing software that make our customers’ web applications run better. We do not force the teams to use any one practice but rather find what allows them to produce the high quality features we require on a timeline that makes the business hum while maintaining a work life balance.

Rallyteam

Company Description

Rallyteam is a fun and fresh, San Francisco based, startup that is transforming the future of work.

Engineering Team Description

Current engineering team size = 6 Tech stack: – AngularJS frontend – .Net backend – Mobile – iOS, Android

SelfScore

Company Description

SelfScore is developing a strong market niche around providing access to financial products (credit cards, student loans, etc) to a deserving but underserved population of international students (1M+ strong and growing with $31 billion in untapped annual spending). International students are routinely granted access to the US educational system and all the advantages it has to offer. However, no clear path exists for them to gain access to the credit markets. The current credit policies handicap them, leaving them unable to get a credit card, student loan or car lease without paying exorbitant costs/fees. We want to provide them with a financial on-ramp and put them on a path towards financial success in America. Given their lack of credit history or credit score, (“thin file, no file”) we evaluate these students using alternate data science and machine learning methods, such as our own SelfScore, which measures creditworthiness using our proprietary data science framework/algorithms. We determine students’ ability to repay using such predictive attributes as education/major, cost of education, source of initial funding, future employability and objective measures (e.g. places, times, graphs) using our framework. We also determine their propensity to stay/leave the country using these attributes. Our compliance framework takes into consideration various federal regulatory constraints concerning KYC/CIP, Fair Lending, CDR, ECOA and FCRA. Seizing this 1M international student market will set the foundation for future product or market expansions into other thin file populations.

Engineering Team Description

12 people in total — 4 engineers (1 Frontend, 1 Full Stack, 1 Data Scientist)

Slack

Company Description

Slack is a team communication tool. It brings together all of your team communications in one place, instantly searchable and available wherever you go. Launched in February 2014, it is now the fastest growing B2B application ever and is used by over 1.1 million daily active users. We’re a San Francisco-based company founded by core members of the original Flickr team. Our investors include Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, The Social + Capital Partnership, KPCB and Google Ventures. Our mission is to make people’s working lives easier, simpler, and more enjoyable. We want great talent and inspiring leaders in all areas: from business operations to product design and general management. If you want to join a fast-growing startup that’s making an outsized impact (and that’s making a lot of people happy) please get in touch. We value diversity, experience, gumption and panache. And a good vocabulary.

Engineering Team Description

The Slack Engineering Team consists of 100 engineers working on web (client- and server-side), mobile (iOS, Android, Windows Phone), native desktop (Mac, Windows, Linux), automation, operations, security and data. We favor continuous integration and frequent deploys, and are hiring engineers at all levels of skill and experience. Come join us!

SolarCity

Company Description

SolarCity is a national leader in clean energy services. We make clean energy available to homeowners, businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations at a lower cost than they pay for energy generated by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. Our approach is to install systems to the highest engineering standards while making the switch simple for our customers. We’ve revolutionized the way energy is delivered by giving customers a cleaner, more affordable alternative to their monthly utility bill.

Engineering Team Description

SolarCity develops all our own tech, from customer-facing apps to internal tools. Large software team divided into smaller pods based on product using Agile development. Products have a variety of tech stacks, primarily Angular, C# / .NET, MS SQL.

Uber

Company Description

Uber is a technology platform that connects riders with drivers at the touch of a button. Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our app, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in over 230 cities today, Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.

Engineering Team Description

Uber Engineering is a high-performance culture marked by fearlessness and hyperproductivity. Our organizational challenges are unique, and we need engineers who are comfortable in uncharted territory and pumped to build systems that can support cities of 100,000 and 10 million people alike. Tech stack: Python, JavaScript, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, Kafka, and ElasticSearch.

Udemy

Company Description

Our mission is to help anyone learn anything online. We’re the world’s online learning marketplace, where 4 million+ students are taking courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography – and much, much more. Each of our 18,000+ courses is taught by an expert instructor, and every course is available on-demand, so students can learn at their own pace, on their own time, and on any device.

Engineering Team Description

Some selling points for our engineering team: -Pair Programming -Quick turnaround on pull requests – typically code is accepted into our code base within 24-48 hours -Flexible working hours -Interesting technical problems to solve -Mac hardware / great working set up -Free lunches, snacks and lots of team events

Yelp

Company Description

Our purpose: To connect people with great local businesses. Yelp is both a website and a mobile app. Yelp was founded in 2004 to help people find great local businesses like dentists, hair stylists and mechanics. Yelp had an average of approximately 142 million monthly unique visitors in Q1 2015. Yelpers have written over 77 million local reviews. In addition to reviews, you can use Yelp to find events, lists and to talk with other Yelpers. Every business owner (or manager) can setup a free account to post photos and message their customers. Yelp makes money by selling ads to local businesses – you’ll see these clearly labeled “Yelp Ads” around the site. Paying advertisers can never change or re-order their reviews. Yelp uses automated software to recommend the most helpful and reliable reviews for the Yelp community among the millions we get. The software looks at dozens of different signals, including various measures of quality, reliability, and activity on Yelp. The process has nothing to do with whether a business advertises on Yelp or not. You can access Yelp via iPhone, Android, and more – see the full list of mobile apps here. The Weekly Yelp brings locals updates on the latest and greatest business openings & other happenings.

Engineering Team Description

We have roughly 8-10 engineers per team. Our technical stack can vary on the team but we use git, python, AWS, MRJob, Hadoop, Scribe, Kafka, and Storm. Our mobile teams develop both on IOS and Android platforms.

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