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Cogo Labs Overview

Cambridge, MA
51 to 200 employees
2005
Company - Private
Information Technology
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Cogo Labs is a unique incubator, creating new businesses from our own internal experiments, and then growing them to profitability through the efforts of our top-notch engineering, analytics, and design teams. As part of the Link Ventures corporate family, we strongly believe ... Read more

Mission: Cogo's mission is to launch and accelerate internet companies using our own ideas, data, tech, and analytics.

We identify business opportunities with our data assets, run internal experiments on our platforms, and spin out profitable ... Read more

Company Updates

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    Lead(H)er: Mira Wilczek, CEO at Cogo Labs

    Mira Wilczek is the CEO of Cogo Labs, one of the leading startup accelerators in Boston. In the latest edition of the Lead(H)er series, Brianne Shelley spoke with Wilczek and learned how she first got into the tech world, including working as an "ethical hacker" for IBM.

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    Life At Cogo - Instagram Highlights

    Every day at Cogo is filled with weird & wonderful surprises. In order to capture the daily randomness and give people outside the incubator a better sense of what life here is like, we take turns with the Cogo Instagram, giving it to different people each week, so they can capture whatever interesting things happen to catch their eye as they do...whatever else it is they do here.

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Cogo Labs – Why Work For Us?


Our vision is for Cogo Labs to be the absolute best place for early career entrepreneurs.

We strive to provide the fastest career-development paths for energetic, optimistic, self-directed, technically-minded people.

WE ARE COACHES
We empower each other through mentorship and encouragement.

WE ARE OWNERS
We manage priorities and risks, take responsibility, and innovate like entrepreneurs.

WE ARE GOOD-NATURED
We know that genuinely nice people make the most effective teammates.

WE ARE OBSESSIVE
We are tenacious in pursuit of our goals and believe that success in life is proportional to the effort we put in.

WE ARE SKILLFUL
We are very good at what we do, demonstrating the highest degree of technical proficiency, learning continually, and adapting quickly to change.

WE ARE TRANSPARENT
We share information and ideas freely, ensuring that others can benefit from the things we learn through both failures and successes.

WE ARE ANALYTICAL
We collect immense amounts of data and use it to follow the shortest path to success.

WE ARE REMARKABLE
We are diverse and seek out exceptional people within diverse groups.

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 and dental.
  • 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: Code Names, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Four Square, and Set).
  • 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. 

Every 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). 

The Cogo Internship Program is designed to give entrepreneurial designers, engineers and analysts an opportunity to experience our unique startup environment, and to give them a crash course in starting an online business from scratch.

More details, including info about things are past interns have built, on our website!

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    "Great early career choice for learning skills"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Cambridge, MA
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    I have been working at Cogo Labs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cogo Labs is an excellent place to start your career. I've had many opportunities to learn new skills and take on projects that push my boundaries. The best part about the company is the people. Everyone is talented, intelligent and willing to share their knowledge with you to help you grow. While the project goals may not be great (see cons), you do get the chance to build and contribute to interesting projects that will better your technical skills. If you're a self starter who works productively without constant supervision, you'll fit in and excel at Cogo Labs. The company also has a good work / life balance and fun culture.

    Cons

    The biggest downside to working at Cogo Labs is the business model, which is heavily focused on sending affiliate mail. While the company does start and accelerate companies with actual products, the goal of improving these products and providing value to users is often pushed aside in favor of email monetization.

    Advice to Management

    My main suggestion to management would be to better align the actual goals of the company with what is promoted to new hires. I've seen many fellow employees have a great first year, only to become jaded as they learn more about the company and discover how reliant it is on affiliate email marketing. There is a disconnect between what is said and what actually happens, and when employees notice that disconnect, it can be jarring. That being said, they should continue to foster and improve a fun culture and career development skills, as those are the biggest selling points as to why someone should join Cogo Labs.

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Cogo Labs Interviews

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    Quantitative Analyst Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Cogo Labs in March 2017.

    Interview

    Contacted by a recruiter and had a very simple phone screen. Very general questions about past experience/projects/course. The recruiter said she would contact me in the next week but did not receive anything since.
    It was quite disappointing since I came from a top tech school with very strong quantitative background and the recruiter does not seem to understand anything while I explained my projects/experience.

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