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iOS UI Testing

September 16, 2014

I was initially attracted to Wealthfront by its great business model and engineering driven culture. But after visiting the office, I was convinced that I belonged to Wealthfront because of the strong emphasis on test driven development (TDD), continuous integration, and rapid deployment. Furthermore, a solid foundation had already been laid for the iOS initiatives… Read more

Building and Testing a Custom UIDatePicker

September 02, 2014

When building the new Add Funds flow for iOS, we needed a date picker to select the start date for a recurring deposit. Apple’s pre-built date picker (UIDatePicker) does not allow for visual customization. Having mostly dark backgrounds and light foregrounds, we needed to build our own date picking component (WFDatePicker). We already had a… Read more

Summer Spent Learning and Experimenting

August 22, 2014

Though my decision of where to spend my 2014 summer may not carry the same drama or headlines as Lebron’s summer decision, my experiences this summer would undoubtedly influence my pursuits after college. My priority was to find an internship program with supportive mentors and a company with an engineering backbone. In these aspects, Wealthfront… Read more

Learning from Leaders

August 21, 2014

As a student looking for internships, two points that mattered most to me were finding a place with great mentors and finding a place where I could build strong relationships. Two months into my internship at Wealthfront, I’ve looked back to evaluate whether I achieved my goals. To me, the most beneficial aspect of the… Read more

Lessons Learned when Scaling our Data Analytics Platform

August 20, 2014

Over the past year, we’ve gone from a single Java server running all analytics to a multi-node data pipeline. Along the way, we’ve refined our metrics for all parts of the business: from web and mobile analytics, to investment research, to trading and operations. We build metrics dashboards for everything we do, empowering us to… Read more

Statistics Is Eating the World

August 15, 2014

Wealthfront’s culture encourages self-directed engineers and researchers. By doing so we learn faster and make better decisions informed by facts on the ground. While this practice is obvious for startups with a handful of people, scaling up to large teams is challenging. We set out to scale our culture of decentralized learning and decision-making as… Read more