What It Takes to Be a Crashlytics Intern

by Jeff Seibert, Co-founder


They say that a team is only as good as its weakest member.  This anecdote is especially true for startups, where everyone must execute at 110% and trust is paramount.  In our mission to bring you the world's most powerful crash reporting solution, we've worked tirelessly to build a top notch team across all areas of the company.Earlier this spring, we decided to bring on three summer interns to assist the full-time team in helping Crashlytics grow. Our interns have been tackling business, front-end UI, and back-end development projects with impressive results. Although their time here isn't over quite yet, we’d like to show our gratitude for their hard work, share a little bit about our all-star interns and reveal what it's like to be a part of Crashlytics!

Will Whitney – MIT

Will is a rising senior studying Computer Science at MIT.  Outside of class, he's the director of StartLabs, a nonprofit which helps students start companies. Last year, he hosted a day-long series of talks by startup founders called "Startup Bootcamp".  It was the largest startup event ever at MIT, and featured talks by speakers such as Drew Houston, Naveen Selvadurai, and Patrick Collison.  In his spare time, he masters programming languages and reads entirely too much science fiction.

Q: What part of working at Crashlytics do you enjoy the most?

Will: The best part about working here is the focus on making unmatched user experiences. Everyone is incredibly determined to not only produce really solid data, but display it in a beautiful, usable way. Even though the UI appears simple, a ton of work has gone into making it exactly right.

Q: Favorite coding tips or tricks?

Will: One of my favorite tricks is running "twistd -n ftp" from the command line. Twisted is a Python framework for event-driven web hosting, and it's preinstalled on most Unix platforms. This command starts a new Twisted FTP server that hosts the current directory. I love being able to drop a live FTP server anywhere really fast - it really comes in handy when you're doing a little development or hacking around on a remote machine.

Alden Keefe Sampson – Tufts

Alden describes himself as a happy hacker working on highly scalable web systems.  At 12 years old, he taught himself his first programming language with a book from the library. Professionally, he’s been the lead developer on an augmented reality mobile app as well as a video animation web app. Alden launched Tufts University's first hackathon with the help of technology leaders around Boston (including Crashlytics!).  He has represented the US at the Junior World Championships for Sprint Canoeing in the Czech Republic, and captained his high school cross country team. In his spare time he loves cooking, photography, and riding his shiny blue bike.

Q: Why did you want to work at Crashlytics?

Alden: I was looking for a company who is solving a challenging real world problem with a high performing team and innovative technology. Crashlytics fit the bill perfectly!  The need for clear and actionable data on your app's performance is large and growing.  We're tackling it with talented people and cutting edge technology. I also wanted to gain more experience in the startup world.   Jeff and Wayne have proven they know how to run a successful business -- having the opportunity to learn from them is second to none.

Q: Favorite coding tips or tricks?

Alden: I often find myself a few directories deep in a git repository, wishing I was in the root. So I created this alias which will jump you directly to the root of your present git project.

alias cdu='cd $(git rev-parse --show-toplevel)'

Add that to your .bashrc or .bash_profile and you'll be home in no time. I chose cdu as the alias--think Change Directory Up--because it's fast to type. Customize to your liking.

Zach Ringer – Babson College

Zach is an up-and-coming senior at Babson College, concentrating in finance and entrepreneurship. Aside from classwork, he invests most of his spare time playing on the Men’s Varsity Tennis Team, participating in the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, and pursuing entrepreneurial ventures of his own. In the past, Zach successfully directed a tennis racquet repair business, wrote automated trading algorithms for the FOREX markets and fine-tuned his knowledge as a financial intern at Merrill Lynch. His passions include sports, boating, watches, reading, and learning as much as humanly possible.

QWhy did you want to work at Crashlytics?

Zach: I chose to work at Crashlytics to strengthen my understanding of the strategies employed at a venture backed company, and how the roles of investors influence these strategies . In addition, software is a very innovative industry that I had not yet had the pleasure of delving into.  I was very intrigued to see how the strategies used in software can be intertwined within other industries and vice versa.

Q: Favorite business quote?

Zach: “You will never be successful until you don’t need a dime to do what you do.”

Hats off to one incredible summer, with an incredible team of interns!

Interested in working with Will, Alden, Zach, and the rest of our team?  We’re hiring!  Give us a shout at jobs@crashlytics.com. You can stay up to date with all our progress on TwitterFacebook, and Google+.