Best of 2014: Gilt Tech Culture and Evangelism

HBC Tech DEC 30, 2014

At many companies, “technology evangelism” is about promoting products. At Gilt, “technology evangelism” is about promoting the people behind our products. The goal: to help our technologists to grow professionally while telling the stories behind our work, projects and discoveries. #gilttech’s innovations and expertise earned us the attention of industry leaders and media outlets worldwide many times in 2014. And with our continuing efforts to innovate even better and faster...

Best of Gilt 2014: Security

HBC Tech DEC 23, 2014

Video: Gilt Back Office's 2014 in 2:33

HBC Tech DEC 23, 2014

Gilt Director of Program Management Justin Riservato and Senior Director, Back Office Systems Christopher Hazlett wanted to list in a video everything the Back Office and Global Engineering teams accomplished in 2014. So they recruited other members of the Gilt PMO, found some markers and got to work. The cast: Justin Riservato, Director Mackenzie Nicholson, Actor Patrick Richardson, Actor Christopher Hazlett, Actor Justin Vitale, Cinematographer Heather Fleming, Moral Supporter Lauri...

Best of Gilt 2014: Product and User Experience

HBC Tech DEC 22, 2014

Today’s “Best of” list highlights some of the fantastic new features and user experience improvements launched by Gilt’s product and UX team in 2014. Be sure to check out our other “Best of 2014” posts celebrating Gilt Engineering, the Gilt Personalization team’s favorite things of 2014, and the Gilt Mobile Team’s favorite apps of the year. 11/11 relaunch + Alipay Gilt celebrated the most lucrative Singles’ Day yet by relaunching...

The Gilt Personalization Team's "Best of" List for 2014

HBC Tech DEC 19, 2014

Not to be outdone by the Gilt Mobile team, the Gilt Personalization team also found time to share some of their favorite tools, tips and talks in this space. Read on (and check out their 2013 faves here): Spark 1.0 In 2013 we listed the open source cluster-computing engine Spark as a great tool for getting started with parallel processing. This year, Spark reached version 1.0. With this major release,...

Best of Gilt 2014: Engineering

HBC Tech DEC 19, 2014

Over the next few days we’ll be recapping some of the #gilttech team’s favorite and most significant tech developments of 2014. To kick things off, here are some of the highlights of our engineering work this year. We Upped Our Commitment to Open Source At our Architecture Summit in February, our engineering team coalesced around the goals of incorporating more open source tools into our work and increasing our contributions...

The Gilt Mobile Team's Favorite Apps of 2014

HBC Tech DEC 17, 2014

Gilt Mobile had so much to celebrate this year. We added an Android team to complement our iOS work; saw our fancy app appear in a Samsung commercial starring Iggy Azalea; relaunched our Gilt Japan iPhone app; and brought home the Webby Award for “best iPhone app” in the shopping category. We also went to WWDC, delivered mobile-centric tech talks to meetup groups from NYC to Miami to Dublin, and grew...

Gilt Is Going to Craft Conf!

HBC Tech DEC 16, 2014

New in Gilt Tech Open Source: Android-ProGuard-Snippets

HBC Tech DEC 12, 2014

Gilt Senior Software Engineer Kevin Schultz has just released android-proguard-snippets: Sample ProGuard configurations for common Android libraries. If you’re not familiar, ProGuard is a way to obfuscate and shrink code in an Android app by eliminating unused classes. Its configuration rules explicitly mark which code should be kept unchanged. “ProGuard is prone to breaking your app by accidentally removing code that is actually used,” Kevin says, “and it’s tough to write...

"Boosting Sales Through Analytics-Curated Shopping": Gilt Q&A

HBC Tech DEC 9, 2014

"Designing for China" with Gilt's Andrew Chen (video)

HBC Tech DEC 8, 2014

Here’s Gilt Director of Product Andrew Chen sharing his expertise at last week’s Design Driven NYC about creating amazing customer experiences for the Chinese market. “It really isn’t just about the front-end, on-face user experience–it is the entire end-to-end experience that’s important here,” he says about our recent relaunch for 11/11. Andrew presented along with designers from Codecademy, FiftyThree and Cover. Many thanks to FirstMark Capital and WeWork for putting...

Learn Cutting-Edge TECHniques from Gilt and Uncubed Edge!

HBC Tech DEC 5, 2014

#gilttech is proud to be one of the first tech teams to participate in Uncubed’s brand-new Uncubed Edge online learning platform. Uncubed recently visited our Manhattan office to film sessions with Special Operations Lead Software Engineer Gregory Mazurek–who presents a one-hour talk on “How became Responsive and Adaptive”–and Principal Data Scientist Igor Elbert, who shares “How Gilt Saves Hundreds of Hours with MetaSQL.” Uncubed charges a nominal fee to...

Responsive Tools and Pushy Actors: Akka at Gilt (Typesafe Webinar)

HBC Tech DEC 5, 2014

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Typesafe recently hosted a day of “reactive retail” webinars featuring companies who use its technologies (Scala, Akka and Play). Stepping up for Gilt was Senior Software Engineer Michael Reed, who explained how Gilt uses Akka to scale our customer email, push notifications, and order aggregation systems. He also gave an overview of how Gilt uses the Typesafe platform to build our microservices...

PostgreSQL: Query Catalog to Find Primary Key Columns

HBC Tech DEC 4, 2014

Gilt Presents at Design Driven NYC

HBC Tech DEC 2, 2014

It’s been an even busier-than-usual month for Gilt Director of Product Andrew Chen. In addition to breaking down Gilt’s product and UX strategy for Singles’ Day in China and being quoted by Businessweek, he’s been preparing for his upcoming talk at Design Driven NYC: a new meetup group focused on the intersection of design, user experience, and technology. Tomorrow, Andrew will join speakers from Codecademy, Cover and other tech companies...

Next Free Tech Course at Gilt (NYC: Chef

HBC Tech NOV 24, 2014

Just in time for the holidays, #gilttech offers a free gift for the NYC tech community: an opportunity to learn Chef! Chef is an automation platform that transforms infrastructure into code. On December 4, we host an all-day hands-on tutorial that will cover the basics that everyone needs to know about how to use Chef for system and infrastructure management. Your instructor, Nathen Harvey, will discuss the server API, the...

Hallway to the Danger Zone: Gilt Tech's First-Ever (Fiery) Paper Plane Contest

HBC Tech NOV 14, 2014

This week many a Gilt technologist could be found folding pieces of paper into exotic shapes that either soared like eagles or tottered around like penguins (depending). The purpose: To participate in #gilttech’s inaugural paper airplane contest. The team in Dublin went first, holding their contest on Thursday: Above are our Dublin victors (left to right): Software Engineer Pawel Raszewski, whose plane won the “longest distance traveled” category at 54...

Making Architecture Work in Microservice Organizations

HBC Tech NOV 14, 2014

How Gilt’s Free R Class Set Me on the Path to Study Data Science

HBC Tech NOV 14, 2014

Written by Vivian Peng, Columbia University graduate (Public Health Informatics, 2014), professional designer and data science trainer A year ago, “R” meant no more to me than any other letter of the English alphabet. Today, it represents the door that has opened a host of opportunities and a newly discovered passion into the data science world. For those of you who are not familiar with R, it is an open-source...

Gilt at Last Night's Tech Talent Draft @ CUNY

HBC Tech NOV 12, 2014

That’s Gilt Senior Program Manager Fidan Kasra on the far right of the photo, speaking on last night’s NYC Tech Talent Draft panel (she’s in the middle) at CUNY. Fidan shared the panelist table with representatives from other major NYC tech companies, including BaubleBar, Shutterstock and Zenly. The NYC Tech Talent Draft is an initiative by the NYC Economic Development Corporation to help computer science and engineering students to connect...

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