The Trade Desk – Why Work For Us?

The Company

undefinedThe Trade Desk powers the most sophisticated buyers in advertising technology. Founded by the pioneers of real-time bidding, The Trade Desk has become the fastest growing demand-side platform in the industry by offering agencies, aggregators, and their advertisers best-in-class technology to manage display, social, and video advertising campaigns.

The Trade Desk empowers buyers at the campaign level with the most expressive bid capabilities in market, full-funnel attribution, and detailed reporting that illustrates the consumer journey from initial impression to conversion. By maintaining a pure buy-side focus, The Trade Desk delivers on branding and performance for clients worldwide.

Our clients

Our clients run the gamut from ad networks offering new services in RTB, data owners looking to leverage their information, agency trading desks, to the most sophisticated buyers in RTB. How did, and do we, continue to gather our clients? By offering a full breadth of resources and support, shipping new product features each week, and, among other core innovations, building bidding tools that target a consumer one minute after they visit a website. We’re proud to be setting the stage for the future of online advertising.


The Trade Desk has offices throughout the Unites States, as well as in Europe, Asia and Australia:

Ventura, CA: Our flagship office is four blocks from the beach and in the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We’re ninety minutes north of Los Angeles and within walking distance of world-class surfing spots. What does our office have? Free snacks and coffee, ping pong tables, and surfboards. Team members here enjoy surfing, biking, yoga at lunch, and the occasional Iron Chef contest.

New York City, NY: Our East Coast headquarters are based in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, a growing hub for ad tech. Our office has free happy hours, billards, darts along with free snacks and soda. What does the team here do away from their desks? Rock climbing and karaoke, among other activities, while taking advantage of the best restaurants in NYC.

Boulder, CO: Our Colorado office is in the heart of a small but growing tech hub, nestled within the city’s Pearl Street mall. We’re near many other local start-ups and tons of great restaurants and breweries. We’re minutes from the best running and biking trails in the world, world-class rock climbing, and an ample number of ski resorts, where we regularly celebrate powder days. We offer an Eco pass and a downtown parking pass to employees.

Chicago, IL: Our office in the loop is the fastest growing team in the country. The Chicago office is steps away from all public transportation, shopping and the best restaurants in Chi-town. The team is pretty unique and perhaps the happiest group of people in this city. When they’re away from their desk, they are busy doing yoga, stand up comedy, meditation and traveling.

San Francisco, CA: Our Bay Area office is located in one of the most significant tech spots in the country. Our Accounts team has easy access to numerous clients and partners, but also knows how to make time for San Francisco’s various offerings, including world-class restaurants and the occasional music festival.

Los Angeles, CA: Our third California office adds to our Southern California presence. When not meeting with our clients, you can find us beachside, exploring Hollywood, or battling L.A.’s infamous traffic to head to a Dodger game.

Sydney, Australia: Our Sydney HQ is hidden amongst the uber-trendy cafés, bars and boutiques of Paddington near Surry Hills in an old converted warehouse building on a leafy tree-lined laneway. We love our open windows and patio doors letting the airflow and natural light do it’s thing! In keeping with Sydney’s fitness-ey beach culture, we provide fresh fruit to our staff every week.

Singapore: Our Singapore office is located on the 19th floor in one of the city’s liveliest areas and has great views over the Singapore river and Fort Canning Park. Being so central means it is only a quick stroll to most of our clients’ offices. Why do we love it here? We have hundreds of restaurants on our doorstep that sell everything from Hainanese chicken rice to Chili’s burgers, great bars along the river and green spaces that offer tranquilty in the middle of the busy city.


October 2004: Jeff Green co-founds AdECN, the first exchange for online advertising.

October 2006: Green launches AdECN commercially in U.K.

March 2007: Green launches AdECN commercially in the U.S., signing up over 30 networks and ad agencies over 30 days.

August 2007: Microsoft acquires AdECN.

October 2009: Green founds The Trade Desk, a new demand-side platform, with the goal of being the most cost-effective and reliable RTB platform on the market, with corporate headquarters in Ventura.

March 2010: The Trade Desk takes an initial round of funding from IA ventures and Founder Collective, as well as many industry insiders and experts.

March 2010: The Trade Desk partners with the City of Ventura, CA to accelerate the progress of its incubator and become a flagship partner.

July 2010: The Trade Desk open its New York City office. It serves as the company’s sales and service center.

November 2010: The Trade Desk launches in Europe.

January 2011: The Trade Desk changes from a twice-a-month development cycle to a weekly development cycle, continually shipping new products and features. This continues into today and for the foreseeable future.

July 2011: The Trade Desk opens its Boulder office, an additional engineering office.

September 2012: The Trade Desk goes live in Australia and Asia Pacific, extending its reach to its third and fourth continents.

September 2012: The Trade Desk furthers its relationship with the Facebook Exchange, being named an alpha partner and gaining exclusive access to Facebook’s biddable inventory. Having been chosen to work with Facebook as an industry expert, The Trade Desk works closely with Facebook to shape the product that is now FBX.

November 2012: The Trade Desk opens its San Francisco office, an additional accounts center.

February 2013: The Trade Desk is named to AlwaysOn OnMedia’s 100 “35 to Watch” Private Companies List

March 2013: The Trade Desk opens its Los Angeles office, an additional sales/business development center.

May 2013: The Trade Desk launches full RTB video advertising capabilities.

June 2013: CEO Jeff Green is named a finalist for the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Greater Los Angeles.

July 2013: The Trade Desk is named an AlwaysOn Global 250 “Company to Watch.”

August 2013: The Trade Desk launches a second-generation data management platform (DMP), bridging buying and measurement worldwide.

September 2013: The Pacific Coast Business Times names Trade Desk CEO Jeff Green to its “40 Under 40″ in 2013

The Trade Desk is the fastest-growing RTB platform for a reason – its people. In each of our offices, our team works with a relaxed intensity. We’re bringing a level of sophistication to online advertising that has only been seen previously in the financial markets.

We have a rock-solid background in the RTB industry; our CEO, Jeff Green, founded AdECN, the first online ad exchange, which sold to Microsoft in 2007. Our media traders have degrees in economics and statistics from universities such as the University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard and the University of Virginia. Our sales and accounts teams have managed clients, marketing strategy, and advertising campaigns at companies such as JWT, WebMD, DoubleVerify, Bain & Company, and Microsoft.

Our technology team is extremely agile and fast-moving. Our talented team of engineers ships product weekly.

We are looking for people who get excited about building something that’s literally never existed before. We want employees who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and savor the challenge of being involved with a company early enough that they get to influence decisions and strategy.

The Trade Desk Reviews

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    Incredible culture, team-oriented environment, trusted product and great compensation. I have never been surrounded by such smart, motivated and generous people in my life. I truly love coming into work every day because I am challenged and fulfilled.

    *We now have 401(k) matching, which was previously a "con" is several reviews.


    Because you tend to care so much about the success of the company and your clients, it is difficult to separate work from your personal time, so I'm typically emailing with coworkers/clients when I'm not in the office. It can get stressful at times, but because it's a team oriented environment you always have the necessary support.

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    Continue to share feedback to help employees grow and try to promote more from within when possible.

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The Trade Desk Interviews

Updated Mar 19, 2015
Updated Mar 19, 2015

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at The Trade Desk.

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    I applied through a referral, the overall process was very pleasant, everyone is very responsive, everyone was very nice and easy to talk to. The first step was an informational interview.

    I really liked that the interview includes a coding exercise to complete at home at your own pace, it is very representative of real work and a very good indicator of real skills and talent needed.

    1) informational interview was about 1/2 an hour, basically the hiring manager telling me about the industry, company, team, and culture. It was very informative, gives a very good idea about the team.

    2) Then he sent me a coding exercise to complete at home, with no time limit. After submitting the coding exercise, got some code review comments, made some improvements, and then moved on to the technical discussion.

    3)The technical discussion is basically going through the code I submitted and discussing the implementation, data structures and algorithms used, and design trade offs.

    4) Then did a remote technical interview with one of the senior engineers. This was going though a coding question, was very nice to talk to and very helpful.

    5) Then the onsite phase where you have a discussion with leadership team members, was more like fun and interesting conversations rather than interviews...

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    • Coding exercise to complete at home as if it was a component or feature you are to build at work., using same quality and production level quality.   View Answer
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    • Coding question that cares more about how to approach and think about it rather than the final correct answer   Answer Question
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    Was great to begin with!
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The Trade Desk Awards & Accolades

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America's Most Promising Companies, Forbes, 2015
Best Places to Work, Outside Magazine, 2014
Best Places to Work in NYC, Crain's New York, 2014
Top 100 Private Companies, AlwaysOn, 2014
Global 250 Top Private Companies, AlwaysOn, 2014
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Recent Updates
  • The Trade Desk update
    30+ days ago

    Congratulations to Brian Stempeck, our new CCO!

    The Trade Desk, Inc. Names Brian Stempeck Chief Client Officer

    LOS ANGELES, CA-(Marketwired - Feb 6, 2015) - The Trade Desk, Inc., a leading global demand-side platform in the $20B programmatic advertising space, announced today that Brian Stempeck has been named its Chief Client Officer. Stempeck is a veteran of the company, having most recently led the Sales and Integrations teams as its Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development.

  • The Trade Desk update
    30+ days ago

    The Trade Desk debuts at #9 on Forbes list of 100 top companies in America!

    The Trade Desk on the Forbes America's Most Promising Companies List

    The Trade Desk #9 on the Forbes America's Most Promising Companies List


Additional Info

Headquarters Ventura, CA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 2009
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology

The Company

The Trade Desk powers the most sophisticated buyers in advertising technology. Founded by the pioneers of real-time bidding, The Trade Desk has become the fastest growing demand-side platform in the industry by offering agencies, aggregators, and their advertisers best-in-class technology to manage display, social, and video advertising campaigns.

The Trade Desk empowers buyers at the campaign level with the most expressive bid capabilities in market, full-funnel attribution, and detailed reporting that illustrates the consumer journey from initial... More

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