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Software Engineer - Monetization/Ads

Quora, Mountain View, CA

Q&A platform that empowers people to share and grow the world’s knowledge


Quora's mission is to share and grow the world's knowledge. To fully achieve that we need to make sure that the knowledge on Quora will improve and last forever. Revenue from our monetization efforts play a part in empowering us to do that. As we increase in our reach to hundreds of millions of visitors, we have started building a new online ad platform for advertisers to be able to reach their audience through Quora.

The challenges for this early stage team is to design and build ads in a way that will fit in well and make Quora better, and generate revenue that is critical to the success of the company and mission. Through large amounts of data and product intuition, we want to be able to understand the intent and interest of our readers, and match them well with what the advertiser is offering. We also want to utilize real-time machine learning systems to perform ad ranking and auctions to maximize advertising effectiveness. We also need to build systems that help us maintain a high bar for advertisers, so that the content of our ads is comparable to the quality of the content they appear alongside.

Responsibilities:

  • Work on a early stage product team focused on generating revenue for the success of the company and mission.
  • Architect, design and implement features for our mission-critical online ad platform at massive scale with data-driven iteration.
  • Identify high impact features that achieve engineering and revenue goals, and be able to explain rationale for your decisions.
  • Drive product, ranking, machine learning projects from ideation to production using the full technology stack.
  • Work with designers, fellow engineers and data scientists to prototype and implement functionality and analyze impact.
  • Be a strong generalist, able to work quickly and effectively on solving multiple types of problems, while prioritizing effectively to ship new features and scale up existing ones.

Requirements:

  • Love of both the Quora product and community
  • At least 3 years of relevant ads product development experience
  • Strong experience in significant cross-functional engineering efforts
  • Excellent Python, Java or C++ development skills
  • Experience with distributed systems such as HBase, Hadoop, Spark, etc.
  • Good understanding of machine learning, economics or auction theory
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

About Quora

We want to democratize access to knowledge of all kinds—from politics to painting, cooking to coding, etymology to experiences—so if someone out there knows something, anyone else can learn it. Our mission is to share and grow the world's knowledge, and we're building a world-class team to help us achieve this mission. 

Want to learn more about Quora? Visit https://www.quora.com/