Archive for the ‘Life at Chartbeat’ Category

Chartteam Scenes (October 2013)

October 11th, 2013 by Cat

In our four years’ of existence, Chartbeat has always been the type of place that’s been focused on learning. And as our startup continues to grow, the big ask becomes more about how we share our knowledge and expertise with the next generation of tech enthusiasts. We want to be a part of a person’s decision to do big things in tomorrow’s Silicon Alley.

Last week, Chartbeat had the privilege of working with The Young Women’s Leadership School (TWYLS) of Astoria for the second year in a row. To give you some background, TWYLS focuses on providing young women between 6th and 12th grade high quality learning opportunities both in and out of school. These women are typically low-income students who will be the first in their families to go to college. Pretty big deal, huh?

We had a great time designing a day that centered on the girls brainstorming, developing their ideas, and actively participating in discussions. After all, what kid wants to sit in a conference room for four hours of meetings? So we talked about startups they could relate to and watched them tackle daily problems through the eyes of a creative entrepreneur.

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CEO, Tony Haile opens the day with some inspiring thoughts. The British accent was a hit.

 

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“The start-up activity was perfect. Once the quiet girls started talking, I knew they had them! I loved how the volunteers were able to tease out the students’ unique stories and voices, and have them imagine a business centered around them and their experiences. They loved being able to draw logos on the glass tables!” - Amanda (TWYLS Chaperone)

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We had an amazing time. Thanks for hanging out with the Chartladies, TWYLS!

This was an exercise in sharing our knowledge about entrepreneurship, technology, and introducing them to the concept of startups. The funny thing is, these 15 ladies taught us a thing or two about what it’s like to share our culture of learning. Want to volunteer? Reach out and I’d be happy to put you in touch with their team directly.

Chartteam Scenes (Summer 2013)

September 13th, 2013 by Cat

It’s been one hell of a New York summer and we’ve been busy enjoying the heat at Chartbeat. Here’s a quick summary of our adventures and all the fun we had when we weren't, you know, building things.

The team gets some serious training at Chartcamp. We’re Hunger Games ready now. The odds were definitely in our favor.

 

We kicked butt at softball (a few times) led by Coach “Gramps” Clarkson.

 

Not to brag, but some of us even conquered a half Ironman. The rest of us cheered them on the virtual sidelines.

 

We’re wrapping up the summer with happy hours and sailing, of course.

 BLOG | Scenes of Chartbeat (September) - Google Drive

 Want to get in on the action? Check out our Careers Page. We’re hiring. Apply to be part of the crew!

Five Reasons I Love Interning at Chartbeat

September 3rd, 2013 by Adrian

I’m currently a rising senior studying computer science at Brown University and I was introduced to Chartbeat through the NYC Turing Fellowship, for which I was selected as a semifinalist. After a grueling round of interviews with other top startups, I was picked to be a developer intern for Chartbeat this summer.  Here are some things I've loved about my experience:
The Stack

Although most of the work I've done while at Chartbeat has been backend development, the full stack is open to all who are curious. Even the most hardcore of backend developers (I'm thinking of you, Vadim), freely transition to frontend development, and the reverse happens too. This freedom has been great as an intern since I've not had any development experience outside of the classroom. I have visited the depths of C and Lua, written some lines of Bash, and stared at singular lines of Javascript for so long I think I sprouted a few grays.

As my first internship this has definitely been preciously helpful in getting a sense of what it's like to work at a software company. My courses at Brown have of course been necessary to get where I am now, but it's refreshing to work on a real product as opposed to the sometimes pedantic projects on which I've worked alone.

Puppies

At least a few people I've met who are in-the-know of tech industry have asked me: Does Chartbeat really have a puppytorium?! The answer is yes, but really, the whole office is free range to (well-behaved) furry critters. At 15 I started working for a veterinary hospital back in my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona and my own house is filled with cats, puppies, and turtles. College living doesn't permit pets so I'm happy that even while I've been away this summer, home has been brought that much closer.

Hackzors

At Chartbeat, six-week cycles are followed up by a refreshing sabbatical Hack Week. That's right. Not Hack Day. Not Hack Weekend. Hack Week.

I decided to extend my wings to frontend development by building something fun and useful: a real-time Gaussian heatmap. For the uber geek this could be considered a visual kernel density estimation showing the probability distribution of users' geographical locations across a website. I had already been working on a project related to geographical information for some up-and-coming Chartbeat features, so I thought this Hack Week endeavor would be a nice transition. Check it out on the Labs page, and let me know what y'all think!
The Product

At the end of the day, Chartbeat makes good products, if I say so myself. Despite the smallish size of our company, Chartbeat is trying to solve some huge – and hugely complicated challenges. That's probably my bias though. Nonetheless, online publishers are facing major obstacles and are going to have to look for increasingly innovative and technology-driven methods to produce high quality content. Although they have that difficult burden placed on them, I think Chartbeat and companies like it will help them make that happen.

Culture

The people make Chartbeat what it is and I've been very impressed by the diversity of my coworkers. There is an infectious and almost parental love that the Chartteam holds for the company and product that spreads from developer to marketer alike.

And people are so damn friendly as well. I was also much relieved to see that perhaps unlike other companies there is a considerable amount of mingling amongst the technical and non-technical folks. I love programming as much as the next hacker but variety is the spice of life, after all. I hope my reasons are enough to encourage you to look into working or interning with Chartbeat – it's been an incredibly rewarding summer and a great introduction to the world of startups. Interested in working at Chartbeat? Check current openings here.

Tweets on Tweets: Our Most Beloved Summer Tweets So Far

August 7th, 2013 by Kate

At Chartbeat, we love hearing all the cool, crazy, smart, and quirky things our clients, partners, and pals have to say about us. We’re constantly looking for awesome ways to reach and be reached and Twitter has definitely been a great help for us in terms of keeping in touch with all of you beautiful people out there. We wanted to share out some of the tweet love – check below for a grab bag of some of our favorite tweets of the summer so far:         With us, there is no such thing as over-communication, so keep those tweets coming! And who knows, you might even make our next edition. If you're not following us on Twitter, check us out here.

Chartbeat Spotlight: Ben Stahl

July 24th, 2013 by Cat

One of the most common interview questions I get from candidates is, “What’s it like to work at Chartbeat?” There's no one right answer to this question, but I’m a firm believer in being honest with candidates about what to expect when you're part of the Chartteam.

I write up these spotlights to give people that extra layer of insight, straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. I hope they show you why it kicks ass to work here and how different roles at the company contribute to the larger data pie.

Today you'll get to know Ben, our Marketing Engineer. He's seen Chartbeat evolve from a teeny tiny startup to a larger, much more “grown-up” business. Enjoy his inside perspective on what it’s like to grow with a changing company.

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What Ben brings to the table:

After a stint in finance, Ben joined Chartbeat and took on a role with the Chartcorps, focusing on client support and user education. He used this position to understand Chartbeat products frontwards and backwards, but always had aspirations to be in a more technical role. So over two years ago Ben started his journey from “pretengineer” to engineer. He did this by reading every book he could get his hands on, taking courses and combing the depths of the internet for anything that would teach him how to write good code and not just copy it.

Ben attributes a lot of his learning to working in an environment that allowed him to ask a lot of questions and get constructive feedback from solid technical minds daily.

More than anything, Ben has worn a ton of hats here at Chartbeat, working with the Chartcorps, outreach, account management,  business ops, product management, and development. This type of exposure makes him a great Marketing Engineer because he can see past the lines of code and think creatively about the business.

So what cool things are you working on now?

Right now we’re working on a fun way for outside viewers to get a sense of Chartbeat metrics without having to put any code on their site. Concurrents and Engaged Time are the way we measure the web, and anyone should be able to get a taste of our metrics. We’re building a responsive page chock full of parallax surprises to hopefully provide an engaging experience for curious perusers to get an insider's glimpse at our tech .

What challenges are you facing as we continue to grow?

I think we deal with a lot of the same challenges most companies in our situation face. It’s about balancing having a great, growing crew of extremely hardworking people who care deeply about every aspect of Chartbeat but also letting go a bit of this culture where everyone has their hands in every aspect of the evolution and building process around every single product.

As a company we are constantly coming up with ways to keep team members involved and informed, and we may well develop our own secret sauce over time, but sometimes I’m bummed to miss the creation process and only get to see end results of our initiatives.

What have you learned working here?

I’ve learned a lot of things, but the one that sticks out most is knowing the difference between overwhelmed and whelmed is usually just a few questions.

One philosophy our CEO Tony  has promoted since Day 1 is to ask for forgiveness before permission. And so far it's worked out pretty well.

At Chartbeat, we all try things that may not be in our comfort zone or expertise, and usually come out in a better place afterwards. Back-end engineers write front-end code, data scientists sell the vision, and dogs do business. This is a place where learning is encouraged, always.

What’s the weirdest Chartbeat moment you’ve had so far?

Nothing weirds me out, but the day we introduced the ability to search a word or phrase and automatically have the first Google image result inserted into our less serious (bullsh*tting) HipChat chatroom things TOTALLY got weird. For the sake of the readers I won’t divulge details.

What's the best perk about working at Chartbeat?

Sure, it’s cheesy, but I think the best perk about Chartbeat is the people. We’re an eclectic mix of characters from all different walks of life and somehow we manage to have a lot of fun together.  We’ve got former polar explorers, radio talkshow hosts, velodrome racers, and biochemistry lab geeks.

Each person is uniquely different and that’s a great thing because we all add our own flavor to the mix and end up with a harmonious atmosphere. We challenge, impress, surprise and alter each other's perspective, but most of the time we just smile (and drink High Life’s) together.

Want to ask Ben a question about life at Chartbeat as our Marketing Engineer? Add your questions in the comments and he'll respond to you!