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Cogo Labs Overview

Cambridge, MA
51 to 200 employees
2005
Company - Private
Internet
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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    Challenging Ourselves to Have the Best Summer Ever: The Cogolympics

    This summer was an extremely busy and fun time at Cogo. We sang live band karaoke on a harbor cruise, held a talent show that featured an intern playing two recorders through their nose, had a full week of health and exercise during Wellness Week (followed quickly by an ice cream social), kayaked on the Charles, and mixed the perfect daiquiri at our tiki-themed women's night outing.

  • Major congrats to our awesome President, & CEO, Mira Wilczek!

    Cogo Labs CEO Named to Boston Business Journal's 2017 40 Under 40

    Cogo Labs' President and CEO Mira Wilczek was recognized as one of the Boston Business Journal's 40 Under 40 class of 2017. This year's honorees were selected by a panel of editors out of almost 350 nominations they received. The honorees will be recognized at an evening ceremony on Oct.

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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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    Pros

    Amazing work environment and people. Everyone is super smart and friendly

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of at this point.

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Cogo Labs Photos

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Cogo Labs Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Cogo Labs in November 2014.

    Interview

    Spoke to the recruiter at an university career fair, got contacted a few weeks later inviting me for an onsite interview, got called back a week later to speak with an engineering director and received an offer. Both the interviewer and the recruiter were super helpful throughout the whole process. Overall a very positive experience!

    Interview Questions

    • Questions weren't particularly difficult. Was asked to talk about past internships and personal projects. Be ready to answer questions on technical aspects of internships/projects. Was asked a coding question in the end.   Answer Question
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Cogo Labs Awards & Accolades

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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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