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Performant CSS Animations

May 19, 2015

Web performance can be split into two relatively distinct categories: first page load and subsequent interactions. We can improve the first load by decreasing the server response time, and optimizing the loading of CSS and Javascript. Once the website is loaded, there is a completely new set of performance related challenges: using a Javascript framework… Read more

Similarities of Disruptive Companies

April 02, 2015

At the end of our Wealthfront Onboarding program, we ask new team members what about Wealthfront most differs from their prior expectations. The most common answer is “Wealthfront is not a finance company.” This answer is unsurprising in retrospect, as it reflects a common yet fundamental misunderstanding of disruptive companies: many people believe startups win… Read more

Pattern matching in Java with the Visitor pattern

February 11, 2015

I once read an essay—I cannot find it now—that talked about how learning a more advanced programming language can improve your coding even in a language that lacks those features because those language features are really ways of thinking, and there’s no reason you cannot think in terms of more powerful abstractions just because you… Read more

WF-CRAN: R Package Management at Wealthfront

January 10, 2015

R is a powerful statistical programming language with a large range of built-in capabilities that are further augmented by an extensive set of third-party packages available through the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN). At Wealthfront, R is an important tool with many use cases across the company. These include analyzing our business metrics to enable… Read more

Security Notice on POODLE / CVE-2014-3513 / CVE-2014-3567

October 16, 2014

On October 14 a vulnerability in OpenSSL, named POODLE, was announced by Google. Two advisories, CVE-2014-3513 and CVE-2014-3567, describe a vulnerability in OpenSSL implementation of the SSLv3 protocol and another vulnerability that allows a MITM attacker to force protocol downgrade from secure TLS to vulnerable SSLv3. In response to the POODLE vulnerability, Wealthfront disabled SSLv3… Read more

Touch ID for Wealthfront App

October 02, 2014

At Wealthfront, our clients count on us to provide them with delightful financial services built with leading technology. They have chosen to trust us with some of their most important financial needs and keeping their money and data secure is of the utmost importance to us. When we released the Wealthfront iOS App in February… Read more