Andreas Weigend
Stanford University
Data Mining and Electronic Business
Stat 252 and MS&E 238
Spring 2008

Jobs and Internships

This page lists opportunities for students for internships and jobs mainly in companies I advise. Do ask me for further information. - aweigend aweigend

Hitchoo, Singapore

Yinghan Hu (yinghan@hitchoo.com), founder
Hitchoo.com is an auction-based dating website, and is the largest local dating site in Singapore. We resolve users’ frustration with traditional, messaging-based, dating sites by making it hassle-free for singles to arrange real-life dates. A short and clear explanation of our process can be found here.

The company is now in its high growth phase: many interesting projects are planned, including expansion beyond dating. Hitchoo is offering an opportunity to work in Singapore this summer for 2-3 months.

Benefits:
  • work with bright people on this novel area of auction-based matching and interaction
  • direct involvement in our ongoing project, with the satisfaction of seeing your efforts go ‘live’ by the end of your internship
  • get to work and travel around vibrant South-East Asia during summer
  • all living expenses and airfare paid
  • possibility of a subsequent permanent position at Hitchoo.

Requirements:
  • Excellent with PHP, MySQL. Other skills will be a bonus.
  • In-depth experience with facebook applications.

To learn more, simply call Yinghan on his US mobile at +1 415 323 9664 as soon as possible.

Agoda, Thailand

Rob Rosenstein (rbr@agoda.com), COO
Spend some time in Bangkok with Asia's fastest-growing online travel site. Part of Priceline.com, Agoda.com is offering internships in business development, data mining, business planning, useability/site analysis, online marketing, web2.0, programming/development and other areas. Great location in central Bangkok, flexible environment. Email rbr@agoda.com as soon as possible/
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Discoverio, Mountain View

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Mingyeow Ng (mingyeow@discoverio.com), Founder

Want to solve a simple but huge problem that all of us faces day to day? If so, read on!

Discovering people who you can have a meaningful connection with is a classic problem that is far from being solved. Examples includes finding new collaborators for projects, hiring talent, and forming groups of niche interests. Despite the plethora of social platforms, most people still mainly uses email, headhunters, and offline events for these purposes, which are all highly inefficient.

Currently in private alpha, Discoverio is focused on combining 3 unique attributes towards solving this problem.
  1. Specialized interactions and incentives (vs casual interactions and trivial incentives on current social networks)
  2. Discovery as the main mode of people finding (vs search, which does not work when user does not know exactly who he is looking for)
  3. Personalized relevance for users (vs. chronological consumption of messages, which leads to important messages being drowned out in noise)

We are focused on building the best people discovery platform for creating meaningful connections between individuals who can add value to each other.

Why talk to us? If you...
  1. Want to understand discovery. Check out Discovery is the New Cocaine, a very well received methodology that documents our thoughts on discovery.
  2. Love rapid iteration and experimentation. We have done 4 major iterations over the span of 2 months. Not there yet, but we are feeling it.
  3. Aspire to create meaningful connections based on all the social data available. We are creating a platform where we will have the use cases to leverage on the vast tomes of social data on the web to expose potential meaningful links between users.

Who we are looking for:
  • Excellent understanding of the social web (technical and product wise), in order to help develop a external data strategy
  • Kick ass Rails/Ajax skills and willingness to play critical roles like user feedback, usability testing, etc
  • Passion for using both interaction and social data to develop a innovative, highly unique discovery engine

We are a young and small team, but we have a very clear sense of direction about where we are going, and vision on where the discovery space is headed.

We believe we have just the right amount of experience to make this happen. Not too much, not too little. ;) See here for more details on the team!

YourVersion, Palo Alto

Dan Olsen (dan@yourversion.com), founder
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Want to work at a Web 2.0 startup where you can make a real impact while learning best practices? YourVersion, a startup building the world’s best discovery engine, seeks a rockstar Web Development intern. You will be a key member of a small, high-horsepower team that has significant experience building successful large-scale consumer sites. Currently in private beta, YourVersion gives customers the best way to discover and share personalized, relevant web content related to their interests.

Responsibilities
  • Create a great product that our customers love
  • Work directly with CEO to design features
  • Work with other developers to deliver functionality that is compelling and easy to use
  • Identify new feature ideas and contribute to product roadmap

Requirements
  • Proficiency with one or more of the following: PHP, MySQL, JavaScript/AJAX, XHTML, and/or CSS
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Thrive in fast-paced environments with quick iterations
  • Self-starter: you don’t need much supervision
  • Good team player: ability to work well with others to achieve a common goal
  • You can see the big picture but can also zoom down into the details
  • You value easy-to-use products, customer feedback, and usability testing

Bonus points for
  • Proficiency in information retrieval, data mining, and machine learning/AI
  • Passion for the discovery/recommendation engine space
  • Aptitude for good UI design
  • Proficiency using Subversion (SVN)

The CEO and founder of YourVersion, Dan Olsen, is a Stanford Business School alum (’98) with a technical background and over 16 years of high-tech experience. Dan led product management for Quicken and Friendster and has advised many early-stage web startups. Dan regularly presents on Web 2.0 topics and has lectured at Professor Weigend’s courses and Professor BJ Fogg’s Facebook course (CS 377). Most recently, Dan presented at the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Expo (slides available here )

YourVersion is located in downtown Palo Alto, California. This is a great opportunity to get involved early on with a hot start-up and gain valuable, hands-on experience. More details at http://www.yourversion.com/jobs. Send your resume to jobs@yourversion.com .

Fruugo, Helsinki

Nils Forsblom (nils@fruugo.com), founder