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December 5, 2018

Engineering Spotlight: Yesware

Yesware is an all-in-one sales toolkit for data-driven sales organizations. The company recently announced $15M in funding, which brings the company’s total funding to $48M.

We connected with Yesware’s Director of Engineering Steve Pescatore and one of their software engineers, Gurpreet Shah, to learn all the details on the company's engineering team.

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Quick Hit Details

  • Year Founded: 2010

  • Number of employees: 92

  • Number of engineers: 31

  • Industry: Internet Software


Can you share a summary on what Yesware does? 

Steve Pescatore, Yesware
Steve Pescatore, Director of Engineering at Yesware

Yesware builds a platform to enable high-quality communication and authentic conversation about buyer needs.

What are some of the different technologies that the engineering team gets to work with and at what scale?

Microservices-oriented architecture that serves hundreds of thousands of requests per minute across a platform built using technologies like Ruby on Rails, Javascript, MongoDB, Postgres, RabbitMQ, and Snowflake.

What are some of the interesting projects that the engineering team is tackling?

Overhauling reporting solutions and enhancing our campaigns product.

Does your engineering team have a chance to work on projects outside of their day-to-day responsibilities?

Yes. Trihackathon, which is three days at the end of every quarter where engineers can work on whatever they like. We also always empower engineers to solve problems they're interested in.

What is the culture like at Yesware for the engineering team?

Supportive. We hold each other to high standards but we go out of our way to help each other meet those same standards.

What can a potential employee expect during the interview process?

I’m not going to tell!

Just kidding. They can expect to meet really interesting people, to have conversations directly related to what they would be doing, and genuine communication throughout the process.


Rapid Fire Q&A

What’s on tap?

Gurpreet Shah
Gurpreet Shah, Software Engineer at Yesware

Guinness...ALWAYS!

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Ah, that’s a tough one but I’m a Trekkie.

iPhone or Android?

iPhone

Coffee - hot or iced?

Stout has coffee in it.

Favorite employee perk?

If I say the pub that might be too much, right?  Let’s go with that anyway.


Team Profiles

Linh Bui Renzullo, Senior Software Engineer

Linh grew up in a middle-class family in Hanoi, Vietnam. The public schools there were very crowded, but she was lucky enough to attend a “special” school thanks to her parents, who both came from engineering backgrounds and made sure education was a top priority. At 10 years old, Linh was very curious and found herself trying to read college-level textbooks around the house. Her interest in technology grew organically over time.

She grew up without using computers and even considered herself “intimidated” when describing her relationship with computers at first. Linh enjoyed learning English and decided she wanted to study linguistics.

Her interest in cognitive science led her to Amherst College, where she received a degree in psychology. It was during her time in college that she decided to dip her toes into the IT world. She began to build up her confidence in using computers and technology, which eventually led her to become the programmer she is today. Linh used free classes online to teach herself to code while working at her first startup job.

When asked what professional accomplishment she is most proud of, Linh responded with, ”Learning tech! I think my biggest accomplishment was changing from the person that needs help to the person that helps others.”

Sebastian Fairchild

Sebastian Fairchild, Software Engineer

Seb grew up not far from here in Middletown, Rhode Island. He spent the majority of his childhood surfing and enjoying the outdoors. For Seb’s very first job, he worked at a windsurfing shack on the beach! He attended college in Alaska, where he lived for 8 years. There, he studied outdoor studies for a few years, eventually changing his major and graduating with a degree in classical guitar (while also backpacking around Alaska on glacier expeditions lasting as long as 17 days!). Seb taught music and worked in insurance before moving back to the East Coast.

Eventually, Seb landed a job at HubSpot and started teaching himself to code. He found things to do there that no one else was doing and tried to fill in those gaps -- expanding his technical chops through his work in Tier 2 Support as he started to build internal tooling. When asked what professional accomplishment he is most proud of, Seb responded, ”Becoming a software engineer!”


Colin Barry is an Editor & Staff Writer to VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter @ColinKrash

Images courtesy of Yesware