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A Summer in Review

RelateIQ Mountains

As summer 2014 comes to an end, so does my internship at RelateIQ. I can’t think of even a single word to describe how amazing the internship experience has been.

As a full-fledged member of the UpMarket team, an interdisciplinary group of the greatest minds in the western hemisphere, I helped solve the problem that marketing automation functionality was not working well with the sales process.

To solve this problem, I worked with some really exciting technologies, like AngularJS on the client side and Java on the server side. And after about three months of hard work, users now have a connection between their marketing software (e.g. Marketo, HubSpot, or MailChimp) and their sales software.

And I wasn’t just swooned by the challenging problems at RelateIQ, but also by the incredible people I got to work with. RelateIQ is not joking when they say they are fostering a world class team. In a blog post about the team, our CFO/COO explains that:

Our team consists of a world-class cross-country runner, an acclaimed DJ, an award-winning origami instructor, an Academy Award winner, poets, canophiles, pastry and dessert chefs, beer-brewers, artists, musicians, writers, physicist, coaches, Orange & Rose Bowl champions, and even an Olympic gold medalist. The breadth and depth of knowledge within RelateIQ is inspiring in and of itself.

Whenever a coworker and I were locked in an argument over anything, we rarely ever had to Google the answer because there was always an expert on the field at the office who could settle our debate.

All in all, this was an incredible internship with so many unforgettable experiences, from the acquisition to the launch of our marketing integration features. I’m so grateful that I’ll continue working with this team as a part time employee throughout this coming school year! :)

The team, the team, the team.
Not only is the team at RelateIQ smart, but they’re also incredibly attractive!

Did I mention that RelateIQ is hiring?

Summer 2014 Internship Decision

Job hunting season is officially over! The company that I will work at this summer is..

RelateIQ Logo

After some deliberation, I have decided to spend Summer of 2014 as a software engineer intern at RelateIQ, a big data startup in Palo Alto that is building software for relationship management.

I was already in love with the product when I applied to them at the University of Michigan’s Startup Career Fair and a recent Series B of $29 million validated my beliefs in the product and company. What really sold me came after I completed rounds of some really tough, but fun coding interviews and received an offer..

Welcome Emails

After I received an offer, a bunch of people from the RelateIQ team sent me emails congratulating me, telling me stories about their time at the company, and answering any questions I had about the company. After that, it was very easy to make a decision!

Anyways, I am officially pumped for Summer ’14 to roll around. :)

Reflecting on my time at Massdrop

I got to push over 10,000 lines of code.
I got to push over 10,000 lines of code.

I got to push over 10,000 lines of code.




I had my hand in the development of all of the core features of the site, such as the product and poll pages, and I also worked on growth hacking where I managed to more than double the sign up rate on the site. Beyond all the technical skills, I learned a ton about entrepreneurship, movies, video games, headphones, Sichuan food, cooking, photography, cars, rapping, farming, and Canada.

I can see Massdrop going incredibly far as a company and I am glad that I got to be a defining part of the company during its early stages.

Hey, David Fincher. Make sure my character has a solid role in the future Massdrop movie!

Overall, it was a fantastic summer and I am more than ready to dominate the coming school year!

Big Data to Shatter Contemporary Paradigms

As I come down to my final week as a Dev Intern at Massdrop, I am starting to reflect on the many things that I learned during my four months here.

From the hard skills like PHP, SQL, and SASS, all the way to the soft skills like how to make a solid pitch or how to earn customers through marketing, I learned more during these four months as an intern than any class I’ve taken or book I’ve read.

One of the main things quickly observed and started to take note of during my time here was Massdrop’s choice of drinks and how it changed over time. We have many options, like Mexican Coca Cola, San Pellegrino, Sapporo, and much more, so I have charted a little bit of the data that I collected in the graph below:

MassdropDrink1As you can see, the primary drinks in the house were Mexican Coca Cola and Costco brand water, but slowly over time, Massdrop got a little bit more classy and began to drop the standard water for the sparkling mineral water, San Pellegrino.

At first this data might not seem very useful or relevant to anything until you isolate some of it and watch how other variables change with it.

Massdrop Drink Graph 2

What you see is how the amount of San Pellegrino, standard water, and monthly sales (in thousands) change over time. With this information, some real things can be learned!

Conclusion: More sparkling mineral water and less normal water increases productivity and boosts revenue.