Moving day! We recently packed up and shipped out, moving the entire Knewton office one block away, to much bigger and nicer digs over on 5th Avenue. It was a bit of a crazy transition, but we couldn’t be happier with the results — more space, awesome furniture, plenty of conference rooms, and just as many whiteboard walls and snacks. In the whirlwind of moving, I gathered a few photos and video clips and made… Read more
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Our Founder and CEO Jose recently talked to Inc. about the challenges of shuttering his first startup, and the sense of responsibility that comes with entrepreneurship. Check out the video for more.
There’s been a lot of talk about the importance of hiring “T-shaped” people — employees with a breadth of experience across a variety of disciplines (the horizontal bar of the letter T), as well as deep knowledge and expertise in a particular field (the vertical bar). Our Head of Infrastructure Dave Zwieback (aka DZ) has a different requirement when it comes time to find DevOps hires: he’s looking for comb-shaped people. Watch DZ’s talk at… Read more
Several months ago, I upgraded to an iPhone 4s. I could go on and on about various apps and games, but one functionality I hadn’t explored until fairly recently was my phone’s ability to create a video. Well, I’m part of the Video Team here at Knewton – we’re responsible for all of the videos you see in our products and around our website and blog – so I thought I’d challenge myself: Could I… Read more
Here at Knewton, we’re growing fast. It sometimes seems as though new teams form and change almost every day. Everyone here has awesome, intelligent, useful ideas, and when we start a new project we want to get everyone’s input — without taking too much time out of the day. It’s a hard problem, as anyone who has tried to aggregate opinions from a lot of people can probably appreciate. Our latest solution? With the help of… Read more
Last Friday was Hack Day here at Knewton. In between some hard-core brainstorming and coding, a few Knerds decided to take some time to tackle a pressing office problem. The dilemma: For quite some time now, there have been a bunch of extra Knewton Frisbees lying around the office — more Frisbees than any company (even one with its own recreational Ultimate Frisbee team) could ever use. The solution: A flash-Frisbee distribution in Union Square!… Read more
We’ve spent the last month visiting some of the best engineering schools in the country and talking to some incredibly smart students. At each school, we were blown away by the students’ amazing enthusiasm for working on projects that advance the common good — building health informatics databases in Uganda, designing haptic robotic arms, and much more. We wrapped up our last campus visit of the season at Princeton yesterday. Now, we leave you with… Read more
This week takes us to one of the most venerable seats of higher learning all the world over: Cambridge, Massachusetts. We’ll be at MIT on February 16 casting our genius net. Join us!
For the past month, we’ve been traveling to engineering programs around the country to find the best and brightest engineers out there — and bring them back to Knewton. Our next stop is the Harvard Startup Fair on Friday, February 10 from 1:00 – 4:00. Click here for all the event details. Check out this short video we put together featuring three Harvard-educated Knerds, and don’t forget to say hi at the fair!
The trek continues! Next up on our tour of the best engineering schools in the country: Cornell. We’ll be talking Knerd shop at the Startup Fair on Feb. 1, and alum David Siegel will be presenting another great Knerd talk following the event. Join us! Get the event details here.