Venture Fizz Engineering Spotlight - Privy

Curious about life on our Engineering team? We teamed up with VentureFizz to bring you the highlights from our current team, and officially introduce you to our new VP of Engineering, Conor Harris!

Can you share a summary on what Privy does?

Audrey Lee: Privy empowers small and medium-sized e-commerce businesses both with the tools and knowledge to drive sales and grow their brand.

What are some of the different technologies that the engineering team gets to work with and at what scale?

Peter Cai: Frameworks: Ruby on Rails, React + Redux. Databases: PostgreSQL, Redis, Mongo DB, InfluxDB

Some data from Black Friday 2020:

Web API calls - 206,000/minute Orders processed by merchants - 2,200/minute Newsletter signups - 698/minute

What are some of the interesting projects that the engineering team is tackling?

Allina Dolor: I’m currently a member of the Billing team and we’ve begun work to introduce a trial plan that provides our Convert and Email product functionality (currently only available through a paid plan) to everyone so that they can give our tools a try before committing to a paid plan.

Audrey Lee: One of the projects we are working on in the Messaging team is revamping our email design and creation flow. This is super exciting since we expect this to improve ease of use for our merchants and drive email activation so they can engage with more of their customers!

Conor Harris: The engineering team is building out support for the Wix marketplace, currently with over 600,000 storefronts and rapidly growing. This further solidifies Privy as the #1 tool for new brands. And as we expand it continues to bring new challenges on scale and investment decisions to the engineering team which are great problems to have.

Does your engineering team have a chance to work on projects outside of their day-to-day responsibilities?

Amanda Munoz: Friday afternoons are saved for investment time, which is a time for engineers to take a step away from the day-to-day work and work on something to grow ourselves. That might be an open source project, writing a conference talk, or reading a book in an area we’d like to learn more about.

What is the culture like at Privy for the engineering team?

Amanda Munoz: We have an open, collaborative culture.

Allina Dolor: We love to learn and take risks by exploring new tools and technologies -- our devs have the autonomy to own and solve problems creatively.

Audrey Lee: The engineering team is very collaborative and open to change. Not only is everyone dedicated to helping unblock each other when challenges arise, but our organization is also driven by a growth mindset to improve and adapt in areas where it is necessary.

What can a potential employee expect during the interview process?

Amanda Munoz: Our interview process is designed to give applicants a sense of actual work that we have done in the past. We’re not testing esoteric, theoretical knowledge of algorithms drawn out on a whiteboard, but having more conversational, technical interviews based on problems we’ve had to solve in the past.

Conor Harris: A potential employee should expect to feel a candidate-centric approach to the interview. The process should feel like it was thoughtfully designed, each interviewer knows the goal of the conversation and provides a comfortable, flexible approach to getting there. And each candidate should expect to be asked for feedback on how we can continually improve. We will strive to make the process as human and flexible as possible while making sure we’re matching the right candidate with the role. Expect to be asked for feedback and know that we will thoughtfully internalize it and always aim to be getting better.

Are you involved in any local tech organizations or Meetups?

Amanda Munoz: I’m involved with the Boston chapter of Women Who Code, where I’ve most recently given a talk on measuring success as a new engineering leader.

Allina Dolor: I’m a member of Women Who Code and She+ Geeks Out in Boston. I’m always looking for virtual meetups and talks to attend!

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