Ever wonder why the Knewton tech blog is called “N Choose K”? Learn why — and get a quick math refresher — in this tech blog post from Senior Software Engineer Shawn Lauzon.
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Next up on our tour of the best engineering schools in the country: Cornell. We’ll be talking Knerd shop on February 5 at the Engineering & Technical Fair over at Barton Hall. Knewton software engineer, Brad Baebler will be happy to answer any questions about our Adaptive Learning Platform TM. Come by and get your Knerd shirt!
Over the next few months, we’ll be trekking around the country to visit college engineering programs and recruit a few good Knerds. One of our first stops is Carnegie Mellon, which just happens to be the alma mater of two of Knewton’s greatest data scientists. We made a short video about how George and Jesse’s experiences in Pittsburgh helped shape their careers as Knerds. Meet Knewton software engineers in the flesh at the CMU Engineering… Read more
In a few weeks, we’ll be at one of the most venerable seats of higher learning all the world over: Cambridge, Massachusetts. Join us as we cast our genius net at the MIT Tech Fair on Monday, February 4 at Rockwell Cage!
In the coming months, we’ll be traveling to some of the most venerated institutions of higher learning to find rockstar engineers — and bring them back to Knewton. We’ll be at Harvard’s Startup Fair on Friday, February 1st talking Knerd shop. I will be joined by software engineer, Mohan Kolli at the Knewton booth. Stop by and grab a Knerd shirt! In the meantime, check out this short video we put together featuring three Harvard-educated… Read more
We recently welcomed three new Knerds to the Knewton team. Software engineer Philip Vegdahl (left) moved across the country from Santa Barbara, CA, where he worked for a defense contractor, to join us here at Knewton. Prior to his move, Philip had never lived off the West Coast or in a big city. “Living in Manhattan is very different,” says Philip, “but so far I love it.” Philip graduated from Harvey Mudd College. His favorite… Read more
Last Monday, Knewton hosted the NY Tech Women holiday/birthday party. Since its inception last December, NY Tech Women has grown to include nearly one thousand women. Through happy hours, mixers, pre-meetups and other informal social events, the group offers a number of ways for women to develop a real sense of community within the NY tech scene. More than just the standard business networking hour, the group is an easy way for women to form… Read more
At Knewton, we like to experiment with data visualizations. The above visualization shows the history of developer contributions to the Knewton Adaptive Learning Platform (Post Git). Contributions are measured in “commits” which occur whenever a developer alters the code and transfers the changes into our central git repository. Each file in a commit is represented by a colored-coded blob which indicates the type of file committed. Each time a developer commits a file, the algorithm… Read more
Two new Knerds joined our team this month. Anne Thomas (left) is Knewton’s newest Adaptive Instruction Analyst. Originally from Tokyo, she attended Columbia University. Then, Anne says, “In 2009, I took Knewton’s GMAT prep course. That got me into business school [at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business] which in turn got me a job at Knewton. Of course this was all preconceived.” While Anne is our first student-turned-employee, we trust she won’t… Read more
I have to admit, I’ve always been a little skeptical of the idea of the “fun-loving tech startup” — companies full of geeks lounging on bean bag chairs and playing ping-pong. The idea that a pampering environment could stimulate creativity and lead to wild success in the great internet frontier always seemed a bit trite. Weren’t these really just a bunch of geeks who got lucky, now attributing their success to some nebulous inspiration found… Read more