Archive for December, 2012

Looking back on 2012

December 26th, 2012 by Juliana

Happy New Year from Chartbeat!
2012 was an awesome year for Chartbeat.
We experienced crazy concurrents, our clients wowed us with their record-breaking traffic, we launched a ton of new features like Heads Up Display, got ourselves a brand-new look, and added 25 new team members–and that's just the beginning. A few folks wanted to share their favorite Chartbeat moments from this past year, so enjoy the Chartnerds in all their splendor as they discuss their top 2012 memories. Cheers 2012–and look out 2013–Chartbeat is ready to rock.

Happy holidays from the Chartteam!

December 21st, 2012 by Kelli

We love each other a lot. Like a lot a lot. So of course the holiday party is a favorite event when it comes to quality time with the Chartteam. And after year as rad as this one, we had some big causes for celebration.

The deets: Who: The whole Chartteam When: December 20th, 2012 Where: The Blue Owl Why: Because we nerds love a party...and because we can't stop hanging out with each other.

Under construction: The new Chartbeat digs

December 17th, 2012 by Juliana

We faced contract battles, a million different opinions, and scariest of all, New York City building permit laws in our quest for a new Chartbeat workspace. Luckily we’re nearly there – and we’re all thrilled about the first-ever home of our very own (thanks Betaworks, for being so generous all these years!) Here’s what we’re most looking forward to in our new Chartbeat office. In last week’s post we mentioned that Chartbeat is just weeks away from moving into our new space in Union Square. This move has been in the works for a long time, and our new office is the result of the combined efforts of architects, contractors, a great construction team, and two fantastic Chartladies, Kelli and Antonia, our Base Camp Manager and Head of Ops, respectively. The new space is a whole lot bigger than our temporary, “cozy” office is, and promises to accommodate our growing team. We’re looking forward to hosting many events (happy hour, anyone?), as well as having people come work and play with us too – for hack weeks, collaboration projects, or just to borrow a desk for a bit. We’re all pretty psyched for more meeting rooms, a bigger fridge (or even the possibility of two big fridges?!?), and being steps away from a gazillion public transport options.

To give you a sneak preview of our new space, I asked Kelli and Antonia (pictured above), a few questions about what we can expect from the new digs.
Describe the new Chartbeat work space in three words:
Kelli: Bright. Collaborative. Energizing. Antonia: Grown-up. Liberating. The next big thing to hit Union Square...does that count as more than 3 words?
What feature or design element are you most excited about?
Kelli: The coffee station!  We’re upgrading from our little Keurig (RIP) to a major set up – including cold brewed iced coffee in the fridge. Antonia: I'm pumped to be in a space in which I can write on, project on or tack onto every surface (many of the walls will be covered in writeable or magnetic paint). A beer fridge. The best couch ever.
What were the biggest challenges when it came to designing and constructing the space?
Kelli:  Finding the balance between work and play, and trying to scale for a growing company. Antonia: We were seriously delayed by permit issues and then by Sandy, both of which were out of our control. We want an open space and a space where people can work collaboratively, but we also need a place where we can find quiet/zen time to focus and crank on work -- it's a hard balance to strike.
Where did you draw inspiration from when it came to envisioning the new space?
Kelli: The Chartteam filled my inbox with incredible ideas, I also spent hours perusing office snapshots, plus The Next Web’s Awesome Offices and Business Insider Office Tours for some serious design inspiration. Antonia: The team. We had wish lists, team meetings with the architects, emails from team members with photos of other offices, design ideas, etc. Our inspiration was basically a Pinterest board of everyone’s visions for their ideal working spaces.
What were the most ridiculous requests for the new office that you received?
Kelli: Ninja Warrior Training Equipment–I'm not exactly sure what that even is. And I believe on my first day at Chartbeat, Tony requested a life-size Connect Four board–an interesting request from a CEO. Antonia:  A moving rock wall ( it's sort of an upwards treadmill), which I am very seriously considering.   Stay tuned for more updates about our move, and be sure to stop by when we’re settled in.  

The top 10 reasons I work at Chartbeat

December 11th, 2012 by Cat

It’s a fact– Chartbeat is growing by leaps and bounds these days, and we’re always on the hunt for talented folks to join the Chartteam. We get a lot of questions about why someone might want to work at Chartbeat, and I thought a top ten list might paint a better picture of what makes this place so awesome. This is only scratching the surface, of course, and each person here has his or her own reasons, but hopefully my top ten list will show you why I’m such a fan of Chartbeat.

1. Mad skills

We’re pretty proud of our team– someone only joins Chartbeat when they’re oozing with talent and a good culture fit too (we have social interviews so we can get to know you better, and so that you can get to know the Chartteam too) . That philosophy means we’re setting the bar high for a team of funny, snack-inhaling, incredibly friendly folks who also happen to be pretty good at what they do.

2. We get weird every six weeks

Chartteam members have a week to work on a project of their choosing at the end of every 6-week dev cycle. We know that engineers need time to work on their own ideas and we’re totally behind this. Naturally, these projects are really important. Previous hack week ideas have even turned into real features for Chartbeat– check out our labs page to see them in action.

3. The crib (coming soon)

Face it: if you’re going to spend a fair amount of time in your place of work, you want it to be pretty snazzy, right? The brand new Chartbeat headquarters opens in early 2013, and we’re all excited for this super-spacious, comfortable, perfectly-located (Union Square wooohooo), fully-outfitted space to work and play in.

4. Where my teams at?

Collaboration is the name of the game here. We understand that building an amazing product can’t happen without a lot of different people providing their keen insights and feedback. At any given time, you might be part of several distinct teams working on wireframing the latest feature, crafting a new marketing campaign, or engineering a better support system - and this constant variety of projects and people is guaranteed to keep your days interesting.

5. Grow your brain

We want you to keep on learning, and we know that happens in all sorts of ways. So we sponsor a ton of different opportunities–big and small. A few non-dev folks wanted to learn how to code, so we sent them to General Assembly to get their geek on. A team member was ready to start a book club, so now Chartbeat covers books and dinner for these bibliophiles. The bottom line is, when you come to Chartbeat, expect to learn and expect our help along the way.

6. Hit the road… or the beach

We don’t tally up vacation days here–we think people can decide when to take a break and for how long. Plus we’re all pretty young here–err at least young at heart–and there’s a whole lot of world out there that we’re all dying to see. Chartteam members have visited India, Japan, Switzerland, and Hawaii–and that’s just in the past few months. Just remember to bring us back some treats ok?

7.Titles People matter

Senior executive advisor? Vice-something? Assistant to the associate what? Titles are pretty confusing and sometimes kind of meaningless. We’re more interested in having a light, flexible place where people can live beyond a job description or title.

8. Your schedule, designed by you

Not an early morning person? That’s okay. The only doctor’s available appointment is at 3pm? Take it. Prefer hitting the gym at lunchtime? Go get your sweat on. We know your best work doesn’t only happen between 9 and 5, and Chartpeeps have the freedom to make their own schedules. That’s pretty awesome when your parents are visiting or if your pup has to get to the vet or maybe you're just reallllly overdue for that haircut.

9. I like you. And you. And you.

We dig each other a lot, which means we spend a lot of time together – in and out of the office. There’s an endless stream of karaoke outings, hikes, trivia nights (i.e. pub quizzes), Thursday breakfasts, softball games, and happy hours. Whether it’s training for an Ironman or getting burgers, there’s someone at Chartbeat who’s down to clown.

10. The chance to build

Being part of Chartbeat means getting in at the ground level to help build an amazing company. You’ll have a ton of responsibility, not to mention the opportunity to create awesome products for people all over the world. What you do at Chartbeat everyday has major implications for where we go as a company. That’s a pretty rare experience– and a pretty awesome one too. As you can tell, I’m pretty psyched to be here at Chartbeat– and I’m always working to get more people to join the greatest team of nerds New York has ever known. Granted, being a talent hunter means I’m a little biased about Chartbeat, so if you’re not 100 percent convinced by my reasons yet, check out why VentureBeat is crushing on us, or get in touch to hear why other Chartteam members love Chartbeat so much.