Sharethrough

101 - 250 Employees
11 - 25 Engineers
$25M - $50M Funding
Series D

Through our supply side platform Sharethrough for Publishers (SFP) we work with more than 1200 publishers shifting their business to native, helping them establish a sustainable business model based on a foundation of respect for the user and ads that fit in.

We’ve worked hard to build the most advanced native ad technology in the industry and transform legacy ad tech to meet the realities of a modern internet increasingly built around mobile devices, video consumption and native experiences. We serve 7 billion impressions a month through the Sharethrough Exchange, where brands and programmatic buyers go to reach audiences with high-performing ads. We help the brands that work with us through our Sharethrough for Advertisers managed service take advantage of programmatic native ad formats that fit seamlessly around editorial content and exponentially outperform industry benchmarks.

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Why join us?
  • We're established and have a solid customer base. We're the largest independent native ad exchange, and our customers value our offering.

  • We are growing, but conscious of how we grow and focus on staying in control of our own destiny.

  • We work with hundreds of the top publishers in the space including Disney, CNN, VICE, CBSi, etc.


Engineering at Sharethrough
Engineering team and processes

Teams are product-aligned with frequent cross-team collaboration involving both engineering and product. Within the team, there is a close collaboration between our UX designer, product manager, engineering manager and the engineers. Development on stories and chores occurs both in a solo and a pairing capacity. We take a Kanban approach to managing the development flow, with daily standups and twice-monthly retrospectives attended by engineers, product, and design. Ad hoc sessions are used to discuss upcoming chunks of feature work or experimentation (scoping, level of effort). While life invariably requires the occasional working from home, we highly value in person collaboration.

There is a strong emphasis on ownership of process, solutions, planning, and communication. Context is freely shared with an emphasis on transparency and empathy. Twice annual product-specific off-sites, include engineering, product, sales, design, executive and account management, and oftentimes clients themselves, in order to deepen industry knowledge and product strategy. Yearly company-wide off-sites encourage cross-team connections and learnings.

Projects are hosted on Github with pull requests handled via Travis CI. We continuously deploy the application, at each commit to master, often several times in a day. Development occurs on branches of the project, with pull requests created on Github, which supports peer review of code. Code reliability is important and maintained via an expansive test suite of unit, feature, and javascript tests run both at the pull request level (via Travis CI) and via the private Jenkins instances that run the capistrano scripts to deploy to AWS.

Communication occurs via Slack, Google hangout (when there are remote participants) and face-to-face. Above all, we apply a retrospective and iterative approach to our processes themselves. We experiment with our processes to better tune them, realizing that solutions are not everlasting and often necessarily change alongside the team, product, and mission. Engineers are given the freedom to use the development tools that make sense for them with popular choices including vim, RubyMine, and Sublime. To facilitate onboarding, our onboarding includes both a company-level multiday university and a product/engineering-targeted onboarding curriculum.

Technical Challenges

Various technical challenges have our interest. Updating and streamlining our deployment process is currently underway. Our current one-size-fits-all-teams way we setup our environments will give way this year to explorations in moving to a more flexible container-based one, which is providing a wealth of explorations, learnings, and backend re-architecting.

The challenge of balancing what’s already working with ensuring application performance and ease of development will drive us to continue looking into updating to the latest version of existing frameworks or migrating to new ones, such as an imminent re-exploration of frontend frameworks (and choosing a successor to the stable, yet aging AngularJS 1.x used for our publisher platform application).

Our needs diversify as the advertising market continuously evolves, and currently work is underway to take ownership of publisher-oriented direct ad serving which brings with it the challenges of high reliability, scalability, and speed. In fact, the overall need for scalability is currently driving experiments and architectural explorations.

For our publishers, we’re challenging ourselves to more fully provide them with the data that they need, where profiles (technical, focus, size) varies greatly from client to client. Balancing the growth of our client base while maintaining and improving the performance of the ads on their pages is key. Motivating and empowering our users with actionable insights is only part of the equation. Automating time-intensive manual user tasks to improve productivity and satisfaction is also another focus area for us. One such area of automation is the dynamic adjustment of ad presentation to differentiate our platform’s value to a publisher over other delivery channels.

Projects you might work on
  • Core feature development on our native monetization software suite.

  • Scalability and architectural exploration

Tech stack
Ruby on Rails
JavaScript
Node.js
Go
Python
Scala

Working at Sharethrough

Values-driven culture: You’d be walking into a welcoming and diverse environment that is built around action, optimism, purpose and transparency. We have a fun, supportive culture, and firmly believe in what we’re doing.

Free Food

Catered lunches twice a week, breakfast once a week, bagels once a week, and unlimited drinks and snacks are what you can expect to find in the Sharethrough kitchen! On top of that, with our convenient location near the Embarcadero food trucks, and some of the best restaurants in the city are just steps away.

Gym/Fitness

We offer $75 dollars per month reimbursement for health and wellness, to keep you feeling great.

Beautiful Office

The backyard of our office is the Embarcadero, with a gorgeous patio view of the Bay Bridge! We frequently take advantage of the nice weather to have lunches outside, as well as frequent bbq's. The inside of our office is curated fully by our design team, to be on point with our brand and colors. It's extremely well lit and open, providing an easily collaborative environment.

Pet Friendly

We are a dog-friendly workplace with a canine cuteness index that is off the Richter!

Maternal/Paternal Leave

We understand the importance of families, and prioritize it! We offer 6 weeks fully paid parental leave to our new parents.

Generous Vacation

We have 16 days of PTO to use when you need to with unlimited sick leave!

Philanthropic Contributions

We have a dedicated program to give back, called Carethrough. Every quarter we host different events around the city including clean up initiatives, soup kitchens, children readings, and computer donations.

Flexible Hours

Most of our engineers are in the office from 9am to 5pm, but we have flexible hours to match your schedule.

401(k) Contribution

We offer a 401k program!

Health Insurance

We provide full medical, dental, and vision.

Relocation

We offer relocation assistance for folks moving to the job.

Team Activities

We have constant activities including game night, happy hours, kick ball, triva, tournaments, ping pong competitions, and karaoke!

Transportation

We offer pre tax commuter benefits!

Workshops/Conferences

We encourage our engineers to attend conferences and meetups to further their growth! You'll be supported in the events you show interest in attending. In addition, we've also founded our own conference. Calibrate conference is now headed into it's fourth year and is aimed at engineering leadership.

Company Retreats

We have company wide offsites annually, where we fly everyone from our ten remote offices globally to get under one roof.


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