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Minted Overview

www.minted.com
San Francisco, CA
201 to 500 employees
2008
Company - Private
Retail
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Minted is a social commerce site and design marketplace, crowd-sourcing graphic designs and art from a global design community and selling those as printed paper products, addressing the $10 billion stationery market, $48 billion art market, and $7 billion party ... Read more

Mission: Minted is a marketplace of independent creatives.

We stand for creativity, independence, and the meritocratic distribution of design.

We believe that the nature of creativity is one of a challenger—of the mainstream, of ... Read more

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Minted – Why Work For Us?


How We Got Started

Mariam Naficy founded Minted in 2007. The daughter of a development economist, she grew up in 5 countries in the Middle East and Africa. Having seen interesting art and design in her travels, as well as the art created by her own family members, she was intrigued in 2007 by the idea that there was hidden creative talent around the world whose work was not accessible to consumers and that the Internet could help surface. Her founding question: could crowd-sourcing design build an e-commerce company that stayed in tune with its consumer audience forever?

The company held its first "design challenge" in 2008, a save-the-date card design competition that attracted 66 entries. Initially, the company balanced its crowd-sourcing approach by also carrying stationery brands, almost failed, and was panned by the media. Naficy raised $11 million in cash to last through seven years of operation, brought the company to cash-flow break-even with a lean team by 2012, then raised a first large funding round in 2013.

Tens of thousands of design and art entries later, the company has expanded into the art business and the home décor business and its products have reached 40 million homes. The company is backed by Benchmark Capital, IDG Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures, and Norwest Venture Partners, and has raised $90 million in capital. LinkedIn named Minted as one of 2014's 10 Most In-Demand Start-Ups among job seekers. Naficy was named one of the 25 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2013.

Our Principles 

be Transparent - We share information broadly and bring people at all levels along in our decision-making. We value our colleagues' opinions, and we believe in learning from our own history to drive growth.

put Design first -We base company decisions on providing the best designs in the world to consumers, breaking the mold of what is considered operationally or technically possible to liberate designers' creativity. We treat designers well, keep our promises to them, and build our company with them at the table.

Be an Enabler Not a Decider - We enable others to decide what great design is, rather than deciding what it is for them. By listening carefully to our community and letting them make decisions, we unleash full human potential.

Think Long Term - There is limitless possibility as to which consumer verticals can be disrupted by the Minted marketplace of artists and designers. We are building one of the most impactful e-commerce companies in the world. We have the patience to make decisions that serve us, our designers, and our consumers best in the long-run.

Minted's Roots are in Paper Goods, but We've Grown into Something Much Bigger Than That

we're a design marketplace connecting consumers with the worlds's best artists to create something one-of-a-kind. 

We're looking for talented engineers, designers, merchants, marketers, and more to join our San Francisco team. 

at minted, you'll...

MAKE an IMPACT - We're still small enough that you'll have profound impact on our community of consumers and artists. Everyone is asked to make decisions with a CEO mindset.

Learn AND Grow - Minted is highly rated by its employees as a place to learn. We believe in figuring out what Aristotle called 'the peculiar bent of the genius of each person'. We have a stellar track record of identifying our employees' strengths, promoting outstanding people quickly, and filling roles from within.

Liberate CREATIVITY - We believe that design genius exists all around us, and we uncover it through an open competition process. At Minted, you help liberate creativity, enabling talented people to thrive regardless of where they live, their education, or anything other than their talent.

innovate - We are agile and move quickly to bring innovation to the market. Be part of a fast-growing, dynamic environment where you'll have opportunities to break new ground and think creatively every day.

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    Pros

    As a Team Lead and Design Associate, you get to build your design teams, assign roles and tackle a pipeline of standard, custom, escalating and customer service orders. Design Associates hone design editing skills, especially photo editing, scripting for color correction (using Photoshop) and InDesign for fine typesetting on all orders—accents on expedience and flawless editing combined. Working with a diverse group or multi-faceted designers from different backgrounds and disciplines. Really it’s about the people, at the end of the day—knowing that you all check eachother’s work mutliple times and work with customer service and QA/QC on reprints on really tough orders.

    Cons

    Little to no opportunity to shift over (promote or move from within) to Production side of things, or Operations where products are made. Talented Designers feel resentment at the high level of division of labor and siloed teams. The culture ends up feeling very clique-ish and tiered for little reason. At times, during the high-volume Q4, the work environment shifts so much, can feel very cramped as temporary, seasonal and sometimes unqualified designers come through for this 2-3 month extreme period. The nature of the business is predicated on seasonal cards, wedding and special products like art prints or letterpress. Working on these special areas takes a long time to break into the group and there seems to be a lot of unnecessary competing personalities and turf battles.

    Advice to Management

    More promotion and hiring from within Design Associates over to Production or Operations. More opportunities for Design Associates to have their input from both a stakeholder and UX advocate standpoint. More opportunities to move into different roles, advance in the company and grow with Minted. It feels highly stagnant after about 1 year. The down times (slow seasons of the year) bring tremendous opportunity for DAs to work on myriad other projects to bring bottom line growth, change policies and systems for streamlined results.

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Minted Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Minted (San Francisco, CA) in April 2017.

    Interview

    The process involved a video technical interview (using karat) and next round would have been onsite.

    My technical interview was really good as I could answer all their questions, could solve their coding challenges pretty efficiently. The interviewer himself told me that I did really well and I should wait to hear about the next steps. However I don't hear back for almost a week. When I followed up, they sent me a reject mail stating "You have some strong skills but your experience doesn't match what the team needs at the moment. You did very well on our test but we are being very selective".

    It was one of my best interviews till date and their result was absolutely shocking. So I do not recommend this company. Really disappointed.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. Explain the most interesting project you worked on.
      2. Given a tuples of parent, child relationship, construct the tree and return all the child nodes with 1 parent and no parents.
      3. Given two child nodes, find out if they have a common ancestor or not.  
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Minted Awards & Accolades

  • Style Council, 7X7, 2016
  • Best of the Bay - Art Prints, San Francisco Magazine, 2015
  • The 100 Most Creative People in Business, Fast Company, 2014
  • The Bay Area’s 10 Most InDemand Startups of 2014, LinkedIn, 2014
  • Silicon Valley's 100, Business Insider, 2012
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