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 ...
Major congrats to our awesome President, & CEO, Mira Wilczek!
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.
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!
I have been working at Cogo Labs full-time (Less than a year)
Feels like a tech start up, but not unreasonable hours. Lots of effort put into keeping employees happy (perks), and generally great people. Mostly young - even in high ranking positions, so lots of room for growth. Also, plenty of interaction/familiarity with higher-ups, and generally people from all different roles within the company. Because of the small/start of environment, you experience a lot of different roles and can move around within the company to match your interests.
Spent 5 minutes thinking and...can't come up with anything concrete.
Advice to Management
Keep valuing people and their right to a life outside of work! Thanks
First round was a 30 minute phone screen, second round was an hour long in person interview with two employees. General questions about personal experience, qualities, career aspirations, etc. Involved a "brain teaser".
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