Two Hour Change Leads to Three More Years.

October 31, 2013

A short time ago I was applying for jobs at a select few software companies. As an applicant, I tried to determine which company would not only allow for internal improvement in coding and self, but also an environment which I could actively influence. Many might find it appealing enough to fit inside of a… Read more

Wealthfront hosts October’s Femgineer Forum

October 24, 2013

We were really happy to host this month’s Femgineer Forum here in our office. Karen Catlin gave her insightful presentation on how to create and maintain one’s “street cred”: ways to document your successes and help people find out about your strengths whether it be in the open source community or on LinkedIn. The line… Read more

Engineering Display Hack Day

October 17, 2013

What do we do when we have eight large TVs in the office driven by Mac Minis and a need to put our finger on the pulse of the business? We hold a hack day for the displays! We allocated a Friday to seeing what interesting visualizations and summaries we could put up on the… Read more

Testing Cascading applications

October 15, 2013

This post explores how we apply our test-driven-development philosophy to analytics problems. In particular, it shows how use test-driven development with┬áCascading, which we’ve recently started using to drive analytics at Wealthfront. Cascading let’s us specify complicated analytics pipelines in Java. It works well for problems that would normally require multiple MapReduce jobs to get a… Read more

Marketside chats #2: Options for non-dummies

October 08, 2013

This article will explain some common misconceptions about options, using some simplifications. (1) It is not applicable to typical startup call options. (2) A call option allows you to buy a stock at a specified strike price by a specified expiration date. For a put option, replace ‘buy’ with ‘sell’. An option can be thought… Read more

Pushing a Feature On My First Day

October 04, 2013

  One of my main reasons for joining Wealthfront was its engineering culture. After meeting the team as well as perusing the engineering blogs, I was excited to start working here. So how did the first day fare? Well I was setup with all of the major projects, finished work on a small feature for… Read more