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Ooyala Overview

www.ooyala.com
Santa Clara, CA
501 to 1000 employees
2007
Company - Private
Information Technology
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Have you ever watched a sporting event live on your computer or tablet? Or caught up on the latest videos on your phone? If so, you already know Ooyala.

Each month, nearly 200 million viewers in 130 countries watch an Ooyala-powered video. Ooyala works with ... Read more

Mission: Ooyala delivers personalized video experiences across all screens and is a leader in video management, publishing, analytics and monetization. Ooyala’s integrated suite of technologies and services give content owners the power to expand audiences through deep insights ... Read more

Company Updates

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    Goodbye, 'Cinema Paradiso' -- This Is The Age Of Private Television

    Remember Cinema Paradiso, the 1988 film about the halcyon days of Italian cinema? I remember feeling guilty when I hired the movie on video, driving to the rental chain alone in my car. How ironic, thought I, that the film was about a community united by the physical experience of cinema and I was going to watch it in my front room.

  • The Ooyala creative team striking a pose in front of some sweet graffiti they did during a recent offsite. Swing by 1AM SF at the corner of Howard and Mission to check it out before its too late!

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Ooyala – Why Work For Us?


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Delivering Content That Connects

Ooyala operates one of the world’s largest premium video platforms and a leading ad serving platform. Built with superior analytics capabilities, our personalized cloud TV solutions enable companies to address the rapid transformation of viewer behaviors. We help our customers connect viewers with their interests, audiences with advertising, analytic insights to business strategies, and ultimately, video with revenue. 


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Shape the future of TV

Ooyala helps the world watch anywhere, anytime, on any device. Today and every day, we build the future. We are global, talented, diverse and spirited. Ooyalans are passionate about building products that touch millions of people everyday. Our teams enjoy an open and collaborative work environment, and we head home each day knowing we’ve helped delight viewers and improve their lives.

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Analyze Across Multiple Dimensions

Ooyala IQ gives you the power to uncover value in ways never imagined. Use powerful multi-dimensional analysis to discover untapped audiences; target your investments to growing geographies; and focus your efforts on content that drives revenue.

Identify Your Most Effective Programs

Find your most successful syndication partners, your most effective marketing programs, and your most popular viewer platforms with Ooyala IQ. Player Tracking enables you to use different Player IDs in different situations and quickly identify the programs that are driving the greatest value.

Access Deep Insights

Using Ooyala IQ, you’ll access deep insights into each asset, including: how popular the asset is amongst your users; how viewers enjoy the content by geography, device, traffic source; and whether viewers are really engaging with or just sampling the first few minutes of your video content.


Ooyala works with and empowers companies and brands globally. Vice Media Group is a great example of a company that "Gets Video"

Visit this link to hear it from them.....VICE Understands Engagement

Ooyala has a globlal sales team of over 115 people. Operating in over a dozen of countries. Our Sales Engineering team is an amazing blend of customer facing and engineering skills. We asked Luke (who manages Sales Engineering) what its like to be part of Ooyala's sales team.

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"Working at Ooyala means you get to personally create the future of video. Even after only working here a couple weeks I found myself presenting to one of my favorite websites and they loved what we had to offer. That's happened a lot since then and working to make a better video experience on the sites I use, and my friends and family use every day, is hardly work at all! The biggest brands and media companies look to our team, the SE team, to advise them and help them tap into the growing digital video audience. Together with a very successful and incredible sales team we have a lot of fun and find lots of reasons to celebrate. 2014 was a big year for us and for video but the future of digital video is enormous so join us at Ooyala if you want to build it." 

Ooyala is growing around the globe....Here are some of the Ooyala Offices!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
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    I have been working at Ooyala full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have been at ooyala for the last 3 years. The company has had some challenges. We are on our 3rd CEO, but it's actually a great move for the company. Our acting CEO has been with ooyala many years and I think knows what needs to be done. He has already made some tough decisions, that I hope put ooyala back on the map.
    Free lunches and nice work facilities with a gym and on site massages. Fun activities are coming back to the office which is great. Our HR person is really trying to hone into what once was a great culture and she is doing a good job. She genuinely cares about the company and what we are doing.
    Good location near Levi stadium, so if you want to go to a concert parking is easy.
    Great engineering challenges and room to grow career.
    Feel very supported at work every day. Getting to work with world class people makes getting through traffic worth it.

    Cons

    Have had some bumps in the last year, but I see focus ahead. CFO is cutting low hanging fruit from budget and not really seeing the impact of that.
    Had no real Eng leadership for almost a year, that has changed with new svp.
    Strategy decisions were flandering. Seems to always have bright shiney object.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people who have experience in their departments. You might learn something from them.

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Ooyala Interviews

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Ooyala (Santa Clara, CA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    1. Resume screening with the recruiter. Standard questions related to your technical background and work experience.

    2. Phone screen: How would you iterate through linked list using Javascript and return kth element? Find all instances of anagrams in an array. It went well to recruiter reached out to me immediately and we scheduled onsite quickly.

    3. Onsite: 6 Rounds of 45 minute interview.

    1st Round: Resume screening and questions related to your current projects. I have experience with streaming content and extensive experience with advertisement so 45 minutes went by really fast.

    2. Technical round: Pay special attention here. Understand the question before hand because I had hard time understanding the question from the interviewer and had to ask many clarifying questions which he did not like. Also avoid using closure to solve this problem.

    Implement a function that accepts continuous stream of speed and a flag(true/false) and print speed when user clicks on a button.

    Additional conditions:
    a) user can continuously press button so we may get false positive.
    b) There may be some interference in this stream so consider that as well.

    3. Lunch interview: Spoke about our projects that we are working on, company culture and things like that.

    4. Interview with Product Manager: We spoke about our work style and some of the project that I worked on. He asked me what do I look in a product manager and some other questions.

    5. Interview with 2 More Engineers:

    a) Design an app for Chess. I do not play chess a lot. But I described basic Data Structure and methods to be used to add functionality.

    b) Design an app for TinyURL: Described all the methods that will be used and the API calls.

    In the end I asked shall we think of more scenarios and he replied saying don't worry its a good design and you did well.

    6. Interview with Hiring manager: He asked me questions related to my background and I asked questions about their eco system.

    Overall there was a good communication by recruiter during the entire process. Team is excellent. I did not receive the offer saying that I took longer to understand the problem and solve part of the problem as compared to other candidates. This makes me think that they have heavy emphasis on a single round of interview out of 5 other rounds. I am not concerned about the rejection as I have 3 other offers waiting but this could have been a good fit for both of us.

    Interview Questions

    • Implement a function that accepts continuous stream of speed and a flag(true/false) and print speed when user clicks on a button.

      Additional conditions:
      a) user can continuously press button so we may get false positive.
      b) There may be some interference in this stream so consider that as well.  
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Ooyala Awards & Accolades

  • NewBay Media’s Best of Show Award, TV Technology Magazine, 2015
  • Best Branded Content Site, DigiDay Content Marketing Awards, 2015
  • FAXIE Award for Technology Vendor Marketing, CableFax, 2015
  • Best Business Blog (Videomind by Ooyala), Editor & Publisher, 2015
  • Top Online Video Innovator, Frost and Sullivan, 2014
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