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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

The Case for Object-Oriented JavaScript

August 12, 2014

JavaScript is a flexible and powerful programming language that drives most modern-day web sites and applications. The jQuery library, in particular, has a simple API for traversing and manipulating the DOM. Just choose a your selector, add an event handler, and voilà! Instant UI magic. The ease of jQuery, though, comes with a price. Without… Read more

Writing JavaScript Tests for Asynchronous Events with Deferreds

July 29, 2014

A while back, one of our engineers at Wealthfront wrote an in-depth article about deferreds. It’s important that if the functionality you build relies on deferred objects to trigger asynchronous events, that the behavior is properly tested. In this post I will go through 2 simple examples on how to test functionality that uses deferred… Read more

My Internship with Wealthfront

July 07, 2014

I’m wrapping up my first couple of weeks at Wealthfront, and I’m very confident to say that I made the right decision for my last internship before graduation. On my first week, I was told “Now you know what it’s like to work at a hypergrowth startup company”. I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment,… Read more