Our goal was ambitious and our mission intense.
Hire 11 of the country's best and brightest students
from top universities and expose them to every
facet of our business. After several months of
intense recruiting, flights around the country, and a
healthy dose of guerilla marketing, the 350+
applicants to our 11411 program exceeded even our
most optimistic expectations. We just couldn't stop
at 11. In fact, we hit the brakes at 17.
Our youngest 17 employees were given two weeks
of focused training from our team leaders, assigned
"buddies" from our more experienced staff, and
encouraged to find their niche and hit it hard. Most
of all, these graduates of Harvard, Stanford, MIT,
Yale, Boston College, Lehigh, Santa Clara, and BYU
are intelligent, talented, driven, and fun. Just like we
like 'em. We can't wait to hit the ground running
Courtney developed an interest in business, marketing, and entrepreneurship while working with Harvard Student Agencies. As the Manager of Harvard Distribution Services, she oversaw
direct-to-door advertising, posters, and campus newspaper distribution. Her range of experiences serves her role at Inflection, where she works on
a variety of marketing projects. Outside the office, Courtney enjoys reading modernist literature, hanging out with friends, running, bikram yoga, internet memes, LOLcats, and chocolate
chip ice cream.
Tiffany adds experience in business and media to Inflection's marketing team. She was President of Harvard Undergraduate Television and interned at PepsiCo, Focus Features, NBC Universal and The CW Television Network, the latter explaining why her dorm was covered in Gossip Girl posters. An LA native, she loves hiking, chilling at the beach with friends, spontaneously breaking out into Disney songs, and baking Red Velvet cupcakes Sprinkles-style when away from the West Coast.
MIT, Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering
When he's not drawing fearsome airships on the office's whiteboard walls, Bo relishes polishing PowerPoint presentations and experimenting with data-mining using Hadoop. Bo brings to Inflection a wide range of experiences from venture capital, strategy consulting and financial services. In his spare time, he specializes in production, execution and distribution of "bad ideas." His bad ideas usually involve outdoor activities, from caving to DIY mischief. <script> var m; m=$("h3:
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Harvard, Social Studies
Yoseph works in recruitment, training for new hires, and creating organizational processes to help Inflection scale. In college, he led the Leadership Institute at Harvard College. Born and raised in Ethiopia, he has spent ten years living in Kenya, Tanzania, and the United States. However, he retains an irreversible addiction for Ethiopian cuisine. Yoseph is a news junkie, an amateur cook, and aspires to become a farmer when he's tired of city life.
Berkeley, Interdisciplinary Studies
It's been said that he ate two Chipotle burritos
in five minutes on a dare. He has waded through jungle swamps to look for tiny, poisonous frogs.
He adds Sriracha to everything, even other hot sauces. Once, he got stuck spelunking in a cave that was nearly 200 feet deep. Albert makes search engine optimization exciting, thrilling,
and highly optimized. He makes it win.
Daniel designs split tests at Inflection. Previously, he was employed at Elmseed Enterprise Fund, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and an online consumer Q&A startup. Originally from Bellevue, WA, he's interested in finance, music, and exploring cities on foot.
Stanford, Cognitive Science, History and
Philosophy of Science
Ben experiments with design to improve the user experience for Inflection's customers. In other
lives, Ben led the research team for the
Philosophy Talk radio show, edited a philosophy journal, won national art awards, and did cognitive science research. After completing undergraduate and graduate studies at Stanford, he lived as a monk in Peru. He tonsured his hair, on a separate occasion but for the same reasons. He likes El Greco and draws when he can. Sometimes he listens to the blues. An associate editor at Science in Society, he is seeking harmonium lessons.
Lehigh University, Economics and Political Science
Greg worked at two start-ups before joining Inflection's marketing team. At Stumpwise, he helped create a campaign management platform for state and local governments. At Lehigh, he did market research and project management for mobile apps. A New Jersey native, Greg enjoys sports as a fan and participant, especially baseball and skiing. In his spare time he enjoys reading biographies, watching the History Channel, and watching 80s-themed parties from a distance.
Brigham Young University, Economics
Tyler doesn't mess around when it comes to
ping pong, fried fish tacos, or eSports. He likes gadgets, candid conversations, and mystery movies. When he was a kid he always wanted to be a Jedi, then he wanted to be an entrepreneur, but now he wants to be something in between. He longs for the day when he can afford to travel back to Spain as often as he would like. Until then, you'll probably find him enjoying time with his family, good music, fresh air, and fine food.
Harvard, S.B. Engineering Sciences (EECS)
Saba works on the front end of Inflection's websites. She was born and raised in Pakistan. In college,she took lots of studio art classes and did photography in her spare time, so she enjoys the artistic side of working on the User Experience team as much as the programming. She likes jumping off of trees on zip lines and has jumped solo out of a plane. This summer, she traveled to Ghana for an engineering summit, where her team worked on electrifying a village using biomass. She hopes to do product design for the developing world someday.
Harvard, English/Creative Writing
Chelsea writes for the PeopleSmart and Archives blogs. Outdoor wifi is extremely important to her,
as she does much of her research and writing while sitting under a tree outside the Redwood Shores office or working from home in her sunny backyard. In college, Chelsea wrote for campus publications and interned at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Besides writing vocationally and recreationally, Chelsea loves biking, backpacking, building things, and playing Scrabble.
Stanford, Positive Psychology
A happy workplace is a healthy and productive workplace. Enter Regina, Inflection's first Happiness Engineer. In her first month on the job, she brought in an ergonomics expert and organized a company retreat to a yoga/meditation nature resort in the mountains. She designs health workshops, plans happy hours, leads after-work jogs, and coordinates the distribution of Inflection swag. A true believer in the power of Feng Shui, Regina supercharges her life with green smoothies, bikram yoga, high-energy people, serotonin, and gratitude. In the future, she hopes to start her own happiness consulting firm.
Harvard, History of Science
Anthony works on the business development team, helping to optimize and manage existing advertisements and find new ones. During the day, he enjoys using English mannerisms and sayings, as well as keeping the office up to date on the comings and goings of the Royal Family! Having formerly rowed on the British Junior and Under-23 crew teams, he now fuels his need for the great outdoors by kite surfing and downhill mountain biking in the California sunshine.
Tym loves arbitrage opportunities, which applies perfectly to his position at Inflection. He works with the rock star business development team to expand the scope of Inflection's partnerships and make sure engineers' designs match what customers see on the sites. Tym loves to travel and has family in ten countries. He goes to Yosemite often to enjoy the intense driving conditions.
Rebecca works on Inflection's social and mobile products, and would like to use this space to invite you to build your family tree on Facebook with Family History. In her spare time, Rebecca reads a lot of TechCrunch, plays tennis (well) and guitar (badly) and knits.
Boston College, Economics
Since his freshman year of high school when he started a business selling nutritional supplements online, Evan has found many ways to unite his entrepreneurial skills and his extracurricular interests. During college, he interned at Fenway Sports Group, OpenSky, and TripAdvisor and spent a year studying economic history at the London
School of Economics. Of the 11 countries and 23 cities he visited while studying abroad, his favorites were Cairo, Egypt and Valletta, Malta. At Inflection, he helps manage pay-per-click advertising campaigns and coaches the
Santa Clara University, Communications
When she's not exerting her 4'11'' of energy bopping around San Francisco's Mission District, Pam is rock climbing at her local rock gym or outdoors exploring. Born in Mexico and raised in Portland, OR, Pam loves animals, especially her golden retriever/border collie puppy, Pinto. She is an artist—she enjoys making ceramics but mostly paints murals—and a chef, though she often comes dangerously close to blowing up her kitchen as she tries out new recipes.
Of the many people who contributed to the 11411 program's success, few are more essential than Matthew Sundquist. Here's his take:
"Brian and I were friends at Harvard (before he dropped out to found Inflection). After graduating with a degree in philosophy and a teaching certification, I worked as a research assistant to a Harvard Law School professor, traveled in Europe, worked for a Supreme Court blog and law firm, and researched sundials and taught as a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina. I was torn between Argentina, teaching, graduate school, and pending unemployment. Then, I talked with Brian about Inflection. When he offered me a job and challenged me to recruit the smartest, most energetic, talented students in the country from the class of 2011, I jumped at the opportunity. We had 352 candidates apply to 11411. Many were excited that we have both traditional and left-of-center benefits. More broadly, we support our community and adhere to ethical, worthwhile values. Ultimately, these benefits, the team, and the flexibility to learn different skills seemed to sell many 11411 candidates, as having a rotating job is more interesting, engaging, and useful than toiling away without variety. Both our 11411 team and my unique position could only happen at Inflection. I'm just glad that Brian and I shared a bathroom."