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Chartteam Spotlight: Andrew Oddo, Chartcorps Member

November 11th, 2013 by Cat

We’re on our fourth Chartteam Spotlight y’all and it’s about time I show you how the product-side of Chartbeat lives. After all, what’s a tech startup without the various individuals who make our products all that they can be?

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Meet Andrew Oddo, a member of the Chartcorps – Chartbeat’s front-line and your go-to source for educational support about our products. Andrew comes from a rather untraditional background. Many years ago, he once thought he’d become a musician, but he put those dreams aside to study Marketing and Finance at Boston College. He still keeps the music alive by stashing a guitar at the office for those late night office jams. Andrew spent a couple years in the wonderful world of finance before jumping into the startup pool with Chartbeat.

What cool things are you working on these days?

There’s a huge education initiative at Chartbeat and within Chartcorps right now, as we look to roll out the next version of Chartbeat Publishing.  We’re trying to create the right materials to show our clients how to get the most out of this fiery thing!  As part of that, our team has broken down the publishing product function-by-function to understand how and why people are using Chartbeat the way they are, and how we can educate our customers so they can use it even more effectively.  It’s been a cool way for me to understand the narrative of Chartbeat’s story with our users in mind: how did the product come to be, and where is it going?

What challenges are you facing as we continue to grow?

My biggest challenge is figuring out how to capture all the knowledge from the wise men who came before me at Chartbeat, and how to leave behind time capsules of knowledge for those who will need to learn about our products in the future (as clients or as Chartteam members).

Sometimes it feels like we’re moving just as fast as the data pours in, and it becomes a race against the very thing we created.  How do we learn more so that we can serve our clients needs on a better level?  How do we adequately take their feedback and channel it to all of our sharp engineers, designers, data scientists, and product owners so that they can create a better product for our clients’ needs?  It’s a race against the pings themselves!

What have you learned working here?

How the rubber meets the road, and where I can be a part of that.  I think we’ve all learned this one way or another, but the Chartcorps is in a funny position because we have our hands in many parts of the product, and certainly the client support side of things as well.  When you’re put in a situation like this, sometimes your biggest responsibility is to simply make sure the car keeps moving forward – even if it’s not quite within your “title” (whatever that is these days?!) – to do what you need to do to make that happen.  This position has taught me quite a bit about organizational structure and how efficient and awesome teams are built.  It’s also taught me about what it means to own many little responsibilities, to help keep things going forward.

What do you think one of the best Chartbeat perks are?

The culture of unlimited learning really is the best perk to me.  It’s really an awesome thing to be a part of. There are a ton of talented people here, many of whom have specialized skills that make them, to me, the best at what they do out of anyone I know.  And when they take time off from being great at what they do, they’re willing to teach someone else a little bit of their talents…they don’t have to…they just do.  We have group coding classes, “Startbeat” meetings where we learn about how startups work, guest speakers, lunch n’ learns, learning over beers, learning about beers, learning to make beers, learning to learn.  It’s a lot of learning, a lot of fun.

So you see, we’re a hardworkin’ crew here at Chartbeat and our varied backgrounds power this startup every single day. If you’re intrigued, keep an eye on our Jobs page for forthcoming opportunities to join the Chartteam.

 

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

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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.