Cogo Labs: The Science of Startups
We’re a startup accelerator in Kendall Square, Cambridge, with a proven track record of turning great ideas into fast-growing, successful web companies.
We're building cutting-edge tools and harnessing the power of big data in order to create a sustainable, repeatable process for building successful web companies.
We're not venture capitalists. We're a collaborative team of engineers, analysts, and entrepreneurs who use innovative tools, big data, and intellectual curiosity to turn our own ideas into successful online businesses, fast.
Sometimes when you read about the culture at a startup you start to wonder if you're actually reading a description of a cult. At Cogo we hire outgoing, entrepreneurial, inquisitive people, and they form the center of our culture. We have interesting problems to solve, and we have fun solving them. There are plenty of opportunities each month to hang out with coworkers either during or outside of work (lunches, bar nights, ski trips, marathon sessions of Blokus or Rumis) but the company's role is to foster the culture the employees advocate for, not to determine in some artificial, top-down way what types of fun will be enforced each month. In that way we think of our culture as something that's continually evolving, not set in stone.
So: who are the people who inform our culture?
Cogo Labs is comprised of 100+ of the smartest, friendliest, and most fun people you will ever meet. We have musicians and home-brewers and bee-keepers. We have an employee who appeared in a movie with Ryan Reynolds and another who can sew an accurate replication of a 14th century gown from Greenland. We have two employees who've sung at Carnegie Hall and one who mixed a concert there. We have an award-winning fanfiction writer and an award-winning cosplayer. We have an employee who can make you involuntarily move your body by targeting a specific part of your brain with a magnet. We have an employee whose grad school recommendation letter was written by Penn Jillette, and an employee who holds the top search result for "warcraft wedding sushi." We have an employee who saved someone from a car wreck moments before it exploded. We have some of the most incredible and amazing people you will ever meet.
- Competitive salaries and company equity that actually means something.
- Comprehensive benefits plan, including health, dental, and vision.
- Three weeks paid vacation per year, plus 10 paid holidays, PLUS sick days
- 401k with company match, commuting benefits, and flexible spending accounts
- Fully-stocked kitchen with everything from fresh, organic fruit to non-fresh, non-organic Fruit Gushers.
- Catered lunch every Friday (BBQ, Thai, and sushi are some favorites)
- Coffee, espresso, iced coffee and seltzer on tap, plus a veritable conveyor belt of growlers from CBC, right next door.
- An ever-expanding games library (current favorites: Ticket to Ride, Blockus, Munckin, Pandemic).
- Frequent company outings (karaoke, harbor cruises, brewery tours, yoga, and other fun stuff).
We don't make our interns get coffee; we make them build a business.
The Cogo Internship Program is designed to give entrepreneurial designers, engineers and analysts an opportunity to work in the startup environment.
Projects vary from year to year, but each summer, students come together and compete in teams to build a cool new online business. To determine a winner, each team gets points for different performance metrics (like sign ups to your app or likes on Facebook).
More details, including info about things are past interns have built, on our website!
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I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Cogo Labs (Boston, MA) in June 2015.
This was for a position with Cognius. I submitted a resume on a lark in late April. The description of the position said something about hiring "the best minds in data" or something similar and I applied more out of curiosity of whether or not my resume was good enough to get a call back than actually thinking I would leave my current job for this one. I received an email in early June apologizing for the delay in communication, saying they would like to schedule a phone interview for me with the Director of Analytics. I booked a time, and received a call, not from the Director of Analytics, but an analyst on the team. After a super-brief exchange of "hellos" and "glad it's the weekend" type pleasantries, the interviewer launched into a brain teaser. The brain teaser can be found by googling "Opening / Closing 100 Locker Doors". I was caught a little off guard since I haven't done a brain teaser-type question in quite a long time and failed to give a good answer. I later found out it's just a square root question and felt slightly embarrassed about failing to recognize it as such. After about 10 mins or so of my stammering and stumbling, the interviewer gave up, explained the answer in a way that felt slightly condescending (maybe I was just bitter and embarrassed about my poor performance), and ended the interview. All in all, the interview was very brief and I didn't get a chance to talk about my experience at all, it was literally just pleasantries and the brain teaser. The experience felt slightly dehumanizing and unpleasant in the immediate aftermath, but the more I think about it, I guess they know what they're looking for and don't want to waste time on the other stuff. In the end, while I currently do well in my job in reporting/data analysis, I'm not sure I'm as much of a math-head as what they might be looking for. I get the feeling that maybe they wanted the type of person who can recite pi to the 25th digit, or the kind of people who do mathematical brain teasers for fun, rather than a business-minded person that can get their hands dirty with data to analyze problems/solutions and drive decision-making.
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