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Senior Software Engineer - Personalization & Data Mining

at TheFind in Mountain View, CA   —   Apr 22, 2014   |  
Overview
We’re hiring smart and motivated people who want to join our small team of data mining engineers. As a member of the group, you’ll get to work on projects to improve search relevance of the largest ecommerce search engine on the web.

Our search index has 450 million offers – almost 20 times that of Nextag, Amazon etc., and we get 10s of millions of user visits every month. In addition we crawl the whole web to find social signals for products - what are the most liked products, and who likes what. Whenever a user facebook connects with our application, we also analyze his userdata for personalizing the experience for him.

All of this data set provides a fantastic opportunity for you to dive deep in and extract signals from the noise. You’ll be working on projects like personalization by mining user data, finding similar items by mining the index and user clickthrough data, influencing revenue metrics of the company by mining user clickthrough data, social graph analysis etc. You’ll be using both relational database systems and nosql systems with mapreduce programming framework to crunch numbers. Some background in statistics is also preferred.

In a project, you’ll be responsible for end to end – i.e. from idea generation to production deployment. Only candidates with appropriate background should apply.

About TheFind:
TheFind is a startup in the Bay Area in the area of ecommerce ($200 billion market). We’re building a shopping search engine that will be the premier shopping destination on the web, beating Amazon and Google. TheFind is solving fundamental problems in comprehensiveness and information extraction in the shopping domain by using machine learning.

We successfully crawl a billion web pages and use automated machine learning methods to do product extraction and search relevance. We are focusing on all areas of shopping search like comprehensiveness, price comparison, coupons & deals, reviews, local shopping search, eco-friendly shopping, hot trends, personalized and social shopping, visual shopping search, mobile shopping etc.

The vision of TheFind is to become the starting point for shopping search on the web.

Some Stats about TheFind:
- Targeting $5.2B online shopping advertising spend. Funded by Redpoint, Lightspeed, Bain Capital Ventures
- Leadership team from Stanford, Princeton, UCB, Harvard, IIT, BITS Pilani, GSB, Yahoo/Inktomi/Altavista, Oracle, Microsoft, VMware, eBay, Verity
- 450 million products, 500,000 stores. Compare this with shopzilla/shopping.com/pricegrabber/amazon (~20 million products, ~5000 stores)
- Largest coupon search index, largest local shopping search index, largest visual search index, largest social commerce index
- 6 patents granted
Experience
MS/PhD in Computer Science with strong search/ML/data mining background.
3+ years of relevant industry experience
Skills
Excellent programming skills in one of C++/Java.
Experience in distributed systems design, specifically network and multi-threaded programming
Excellent communication skills, solid work ethic, and a strong desire to write production-quality code
Compensation
We give competitive salary, stock options, health benefits, 401K etc. You’ll be joining a group of experienced folks who love to innovate
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