PaperG is experiencing substantial growth. In the past month, I’m proud to share that PaperG has expanded the product and engineering team – bringing on three very talented individuals, and we’re looking for more! Their skills range from amazing backend engineering mastery to eye-candy UX/UI design to exquisite front-end implementation. Every time we recruit talent, we ask ourselves, “What do we have to offer these amazing candidates that no other workplace can?” The answer is the culture, which permeates through everything we do as a company.
A few years ago, a couple fellow Yale graduates and I, along with a couple Harvard graduates came together to start PaperG. Upon graduation, we thought about the best elements of college and decided we wanted to bring them together to create the ideal work setting in our minds.
1. Learning Environment
In college, we enjoyed the freedom to learn and grow as individuals. The idea that we could go to the library and pick up a book to learn anything we wanted has always excited us.
As a result, PaperG implemented a professional development program whereby all team members can purchase educational materials like books, lessons, classes, etc. that help them learn more and expand their skill sets. Some of our guys and girls learn new programming languages, others learn how to do user testing, and some even learn how to do sales.
PaperG also incorporates “lunch lectures,” once a month into our weekly team lunches, where team members present on a topic that is of particular interest to him or her. The goal is to learn more about one another’s interests, passions, and personality in a fun way while strengthening presentation skills and audience engagement. We’ve already heard talks on SEO, credit card points, microfinance, and even Bond, James Bond.
2. Free Food
In college we enjoyed the free food we could find in the dining halls while on campus. We decided we wanted to provide free meals to our employees and put snacks in the office. Now, people don’t have to worry about bringing lunch to work or finding a reasonably priced restaurant in the area.
3. Good People
Being surrounded by motivated and smart people was another hallmark of college. PaperG makes sure team members who will be working directly with a potential new hire meet the candidate. We want to ensure we are bringing on team members who others find encouraging, supportive, and interesting as well as share the same ideals PaperG is built on.
4. Interesting Problems
Learning from existing course materials is not enough. To us, tackling challenging and unanswered problems is interesting as well as empowering. PaperG is pioneering local display advertising, which involves a high volume of small budget customers. All of the existing advertising technology out there is designed for smaller volumes of high budget customers. We’re radically innovating how to approach an important problem — how to help small businesses get more customers, build their business, and thereby grow the economy.
There are a ton of problems without a back of the book answer for which we need help on. How do you decide an image is appropriate for an ad without visually looking at it? How do you know a particular logo, out of 10 on a page, belongs to the business? How do you A/B split test different ad creatives with a $300 budget?
PaperG is looking for people who want to learn and excel. In turn we offer, a challenging environment with support, and encouragement along the way. If you’d like to become a part of the PaperG team contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to work with you!