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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Head of Data & User Insights (San Francisco, CA)

Head of Data & User Insights

About ShareThis

ShareThis is a service in the emerging social media space. ShareThis enables site publishers to provide a simple one-button option to users to share site content with others through email, social networks, and social bookmarking. ShareThis promotes sharing of interesting content among users connected by a social graph and shared interests. Publisher’s benefit from insights on how their content is shared and disseminated among the user community. Through the share gesture, ShareThis accumulates significant data on sharing behavior, providing insights on interests, and influence circle of users.

ShareThis has experienced significant growth both in adoption by site publishers and share actions by users. Over 60,000 publishers have incorporated the ShareThis widget driving 1 billion+ page views monthly. The business end of ShareThis involves developing informational insights from data that can be used in marketing of products and services.

The company is a group of talented individuals and venture investors with experience bringing world-class solutions to the Web for companies such as Advertising.com, AOL, IAC, Nielsen Buzzmetrics and Yahoo. Investors are Draper Fisher & Jurvetson, Blue Chip Venture Company, DFJ Mercury, Reservoir Partners, Illinois Ventures, Queen City Angels and RPM Ventures.

The ideal profile

The ideal candidate is likely to be a hybrid: part visionary leader/part architect/and part builder. This needs to be an individual who is passionate about the large opportunity associated with online advertising, and social media. As such, it demands a person that is extremely attracted to the opportunity and is never satisfied with the results.

The ability to apply innovative technology to business problems and execution comes first for this candidate. It is essential for the candidate to have outstanding technical and product sense. From a technical perspective, the ideal candidate must have direct domain experience in data mining of unstructured content, machine learning techniques, deep understanding of algorithms in information retrieval, pattern analysis, and statistical techniques that is unique to processing web content. The candidate must demonstrate first hand experience in building and deploying systems that process large data sets.

The ideal candidate is likely to come from a company involved in search and online advertising.

The job

As the Head of Data & User Insights you will be responsible for building and leading a team of computer scientists and engineers responsible for developing a new platform that captures, analyzes, models various insights from sharing behavior of users. This is a key strategic initiative for the company and means you will have significant visibility at senior levels.

This position reports to the Chief Technology Officer.

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Innovative Product Development: The successful candidate will be responsible for innovating and shaping a new product that benefits users, publishers, and advertisers. You will lead a team to conceptualize product components, technology architecture, implementation and integration between various systems within the company that will collectively work together to deliver a solution. Much of this involves significant innovation and “breaking new ground”.
  • Technology Architecture: As the senior technology leader you will own the platform architecture and insure that it is highly scalable, extensible, and adaptive as it evolves through the next 12-18 months.
  • Product Rollout: The current plan is to test launch in US in 1H’09. You will work with Product Management and other technology groups in defining the roadmap, scope, deliverables. You will be responsible to drive an iterative approach to rollout in testing, refining, and improving features based on audience response.
  • Business Integration: There are a number of ways to develop and grow the Data/User Insight product such as influencing content viewed by users through partnerships with publishers and advertisers. You will develop collaborative relationships with our Business Development & Sales teams to help analyze and scope solutions that impact our customers.

Professional traits necessary for all ShareThis team members:
  • Is right a lot.
  • Helps hire and develop great technical talent.
  • Has relentlessly high standards
  • No task is beneath this person.
  • Expects and requires innovation of her/his team.
  • Has conviction.
  • Results oriented.
  • Thinks big.

Educational Requirements

M.S/Ph.D in computer science from a leading school and an undergraduate degree in mathematics, computer science, or other technical discipline is preferred.


Please send your email cover letter and resume with the subject “Your name – Head of Data & User Insights – via ” to jobs@sharethis.com. All communication and correspondence is held in the strictest confidence to ensure that you can connect and learn more without exposure.

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