USING DATA TO DRIVE SUCCESS

Learn how Zulily and Sounders FC get the most out of their metrics!

On Tuesday, September 10th, Zulily was proud to partner with Seattle Sounders FC for a tech talk on data science, machine learning and AI. This exclusive talk was led by Olly Downs, VP of Data & Machine Learning at Zulily, and Ravi Ramineni, Director of Soccer Analytics at Sounders FC.

Zulily and Sounders FC both use deep analysis of data to improve the performance of their enterprises. At Zulily, applying advanced analytics and machine learning to the shopping experience enables us to better engage customers and drive daily sales. For Sounders FC, the metrics reflect how each player contributes to the outcome of each game; understanding the relationship between player statistics, training focus and performance on the field helps bring home the win. For both organizations, being intentional about the metrics we select and optimize for is critical to success.

We would like to thank everyone who attended the event for a great night of discussion and for developing new ties within the Seattle developer community. For any developers who missed this engaging discussion, we invite you to view the full presentation and audience discussion:

Acknowledgments:

Thanks to Olly Downs and Ravi Ramineni for presenting their talks, Sounders FC for hosting, and Luke Friang for providing a warm welcome. This would not have been possible without the many volunteers from Zulily, Bellevue School of AI for co-listing the event, as well as all the attendees for making the tech talk a success!

For more information:

If you’d like to chat further with one of our recruiters regarding a position within data science, machine learning or any of our other existing roles, feel free to reach out directly to techjobs@zulily.com to get the conversation started. Also be sure to follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

AT THE TOP OF YOUR GAME

Seattle Female Leaders Discuss Their Paths to Success

On September 5th, Zulily was proud to partner with Reign FC for a thought leadership event, celebrating and highlighting leadership skills from Seattle leaders, including women in STEM, sports and business. This discussion was led by Kelly Wolf, with Celia Jiménez Delgado, Kat Khosrowyar, Jana Krinsky and Angela Dunleavy-Stowell. Our panel addressed a variety of topics, including mentorship, leadership, impostor syndrome, advocacy and unconventional advice. Following the discussion and audience Q&A, attendees had the opportunity to meet Celia Jiménez Delgado, Bev Yanez. Morgan Andrews, Bethany Balcer, Lauren Barnes, Michelle Betos, Darian Jenkins, Megan Oyster, Taylor Smith and Morgan Proffitt of Reign FC! Attendees were also able to take a professional headshot, courtesy of Zulily’s hardworking studio team. We’d like to thank all who were able to attend, as well as the Zulily staff whose efforts made this event a success.

Panel Highlights:

“As you grow in your career, you are being sought for your leadership and critical thinking skills, and for your ability to diagnose and solve problems, not regurgitate facts.” Kelly Wolf, VP of People at Zulily

I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for my mentors. We need to push more, take more risk to support each other and come together as a community. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, we all need to work together.”Kat Khosrowyar, Head Coach at Reign Academy, former Head Coach of Iran’s national soccer team, Chemical Engineer

“I am not a developer, but currently mentor a female developer. She drives the topic, and I act as a sounding board. Working on a predominately male team, she needed a different confidante to work through issues, approach, development ideas and career path goals.”Jana Krinsky, Director of Studio at Zulily

“During meetings, I sometimes tell myself, ‘should I be here? I’m in over my head.’ And I sort of have to call bull**** on myself. I think we all need to do that.”Angela Dunleavy-Stowell, CEO at FareStart, Co-Founder at Ethan Stowell Restaurants

“When you have confidence in yourself, when you think ‘I’m going to own it, this is going to happen because I’m going to make it happen,’ it matters. As women, we can’t use apologetic language like ‘Sorry, whenever you have a second, I would like to speak to you’ — we don’t need to be sorry for doing our jobs. Women need to start changing those sentences to, ‘when would be a good time to talk about this project?’ and treating people as your equal, not as someone who’s above you.”Celia Jiménez Delgado, right wing-back for Reign FC + Spain’s national soccer team, Aerospace Engineer

“We all have to find our courage. Because if you want to grow and be in a leadership role, that’s going to be a requirement. I think identifying that early in your career is a great way to avoid some pitfalls, down the road.”Angela Dunleavy-Stowell, CEO at FareStart, Co-Founder at Ethan Stowell Restaurants

Acknowledgments:

Thanks to Celia Jiménez Delgado, Kat Khosrowyar, Jana Krinsky, Angela Dunleavy-Stowell and Kelly Wolf for this engaging panel! We’d also like to give a big thanks to FareStart, Reign FC  and Reign Academy for supporting this event. This would not have been possible without the many volunteers from Zulily as well as all the attendees for making the night a success!

For more information:

If you’d like to chat further with one of our recruiters regarding a position within data science, machine learning or any of our other existing roles, feel free to reach out directly to techjobs@zulily.com to get the conversation started. Also be sure to follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Interning at Zulily

Hello, I’m Han. I am from Turkey but moved to the Greater Seattle area 5 years ago. I finished high school in Bellevue, went to Bellevue College, transferred to the University of Washington Computer Science department, and now going into my Senior year. This summer for 3 months, I worked as an intern in Zulily’s Member Engagement Platform (MEP) team. This post is about my internship journey.

This was my first internship, so I came to my first day of work with one goal; learning, but I didn’t know it was going to be something bigger. 

My first month I worked on a Java project in which I would download data from an outside source and use our customer data to map customers to their time-zones. During that time, I learned about AWS services, such as ECS, ECS, Lambda, Route53, Step Function, etc. I learned containerized deployments, created CI/CD and CloudFormation files.  

On my second month, I got into working with the UI. Before my internship, I have never worked on any front-end UI work. But during my second month, I learned how to work on a React app, and use JavaScript. I was working with engineering and Marketing to implement features to the MEP UI.  

Beginning of my third month I was working with our Facebook Messenger bot, implementing features that users were able to use in the Messenger App. I was then working on projects both in front and back-end, I was touching and getting my hands dirty in every part of the stack. I was learning, deploying and helping.  

In the beginning, either my manager or other engineers would assign me tasks. But after 2 months, I was picking up my own. I was picking tasks, working with engineers and marketing, going to design meetings, and helping other engineers.  

Before the start of the internship, my friends and my adviser told me that I should expect to be given one big project that I would work on somewhere in the corner by myself. They also warned me that my project would probably never be deployed or used. But here at Zulily that wasn’t the case at all. I was working with the team, as a part of the team, not as an outsider intern. I was deploying new features every week. Features I can look back at, show others and be proud of. I was coming to work every day with a goal to finish tasks and leaving with the feeling of accomplishment. I felt like I was part of a bigger family. In my team, everyone was helping each other, they were working together in order to succeed together, just like a team, just like a family.  

Now that I’m at the end of my internship, I’m leaving with a lot of accomplishments, a lot more knowledge, and going back to school to finish my last year. In conclusion, I believe interning at Zulily was the perfect internship. I, as an intern, learned about the company, the team, the workflow, the projects. I learned new engineering skills, learned how to work in a different environment with a team, accomplished a lot of tasks and finally contributed to the team and the company in general.