I get a warm, cozy feeling from Starbucks. It’s very much like the warm, cozy feeling when I think about the fact that we’re on the same Fast Company list with them (they’re #24). Everyone knows that Starbucks is a giant in the corporate world. But not as many people know about its humble beginnings on a cobblestone street in the middle of Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. I was fortunate enough to grow… Read more
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To chronicle the chaotic new reality of our times, Robert Safian at FastCompany recently published an article which identified speed, chaos, and uncertainty as defining qualities of business in the twenty-first century. Some—Safian identifies them as “Generation Flux”—have survived and even thrived in the new economic climate by adopting a mindset that “embraces instability, that tolerates—and even enjoys—recalibrating careers, business models, and assumptions.” We decided to interview some of the “fluxers” here at Knewton. Our… Read more
Knewton Knerds are abuzz with excitement after hearing the news that Fast Company included us on their list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies. People are tweeting and “facebooking” how cool it is that we’re on a list with such greats as Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon and more. Some Knerds even decided to write little blurbs about the other companies on the list. Check it out! Dropbox: “When I’m not working at Knewton, I’m… 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!
Yesterday, Knewton was selected by Fast Company as one of the world’s 50 most innovative companies. We’re thrilled to nab the number 47 spot on the list, especially considering the other honorees, many of them companies whose business practices we’ve long admired and looked to for inspiration: Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, and more. Plus, let’s be honest: just being included on the same list as household names like Chipotle, the NFL, Starbucks, Tesla, HBO and… Read more
Conventional career wisdom encourages delayed gratification, steady commitment to a single career or skill set, and a long and slow climb up a traditional corporate ladder. Traditionally, most cultural, educational, corporate, and political establishments do not support rapid change. Recently, however, the fluctuating pecking order–the swift ascent of giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Zynga and the dramatic downfall of other companies has suggested that times are changing. To chronicle this chaotic new reality, Robert Safian… Read more
The world needs more programmers. I say this for two reasons. For one, labor studies show that the supply of talented engineers is not even close to meeting the demand. This is true both in the United States and across the developed world. Businesses, from startups to multinational conglomerates, simply need more highly skilled engineers to help them grow. In the right markets, even novice coders can find themselves juggling scores of recruiting e-mails and… Read more
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!
We welcomed two new team members in the first month of 2012 — Yair Tygiel and Franc Camps-Febrar. We’re psyched to have them here, and made sure to grill them with a few introductory questions before they got too settled. Here’s what we learned: Yair joins Knewton as the Executive Assistant. When I asked him how he would describe his new role to his grandmother, Yair said, “I’m the right hand man to a few great… Read more
As a designer here at Knewton, I’m always on the lookout for examples of great UX design from other companies. From a user interaction perspective, a good onboarding experience is one of the most important aspects of a website or application. A user’s first click onto a website is a make-or-break moment. If the onboarding process is confusing, overwhelming, or complicated, the user is likely to give up and close out of the window. Here… Read more