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Minted Overview

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

    - Continuous growth of 60-100% each year
    - Talented and diverse staff
    - Entrepreneurial and artistic environment
    - Application of cutting edge management/learning/execution techniques/styles

    Cons

    - Additional/over expected work goes unpaid
    - Continuously pays under market salary for its brand recognition
    - Must require flexible work style (be able to understand and flourish with different flux of work volume during peak and off seasons)

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to match salaries according to industry and location standards
    - Offer better incentives to senior employees who have dedicated their time to the brand

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Minted photo of: Regular Art Classes -- this one is Pastel Landscapes
Minted photo of: Taking an art break -- we believe in employees tapping into their creative brains
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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.   Answer Question
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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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