My first byte at Gousto

I joined Gousto in January this year and I thought it would be helpful for any developers who are interested in applying to hear what it’s like to work with us. When I applied I was working at a digital agency for a little over a year where I mainly worked with PHP CMS’s such as Drupal, alongside jQuery. And given that this is the first startup that I have ever worked for, I did not know what to expect. Nevertheless I was eager to have my first startup experience to learn something new and challenge myself in a fast paced environment.

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Unleash your data capabilities (with Snowplow Analytics)

Here at Gousto we are very customer and product focused, tailoring our service to customers all the time. For example, last year we were the first recipe delivery kit company to introduce shorter lead time, enabling our customers to receive their boxes 3 days after ordering, rather than 10 days as before. This year there is much more to come - I’m sure you will notice it.

Not only are such initiatives heavily data-driven, e.g. to ensure shorter lead-time being viable we need to forecast the demand very accurately, but we also strongly believe that data is voice of our customers and therefore (almost) all our decisions are based on and validated by data, no matter whether it’s in marketing, operations or food team.

To empower all our teams to produce a tailored made product, we’ve been working hard to set up state-of-the-art analytics pipeline providing them very granular and reliable data.

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Avoiding Callback Hell

As a Front End Engineer I’m always looking for an opportunity to dive into some javascript. We are currently in the process of migrating the existing Gousto web front end into a set of React.js components, transpiling ES6 with Babel and leveraging Redux data stores to manage state. Some very cool stuff.

Many of our API’s have been built as microservices. Recently, I had the task of inheriting one of these microservices, a legacy Node.js codebase. It’s always great working with a service that is brand new to you, but nothing quite prepares you for the feeling that hits you when cloning the git repository, locating the primary app entry point only to be greeted with:

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Welcome to TechBrunch

At Gousto we aim to make it as easy as possible for our customers to cook delicious meals at home. We offer customers the ability to choose up to 4 recipes for 2 or 4 people every week. We deliver all the ingredients needed in exact proportions with easy to follow, step-by-step recipe cards.

Technology is at the heart of our business and since starting in 2011 we have been developing a technology platform to drive the business forwards and provide the best possible experience to our customers. We haven’t spoken publicly about our technology before but we’d like that to change. We feel that we gain a huge amount from the transparency and openness of the tech community and we’d like to start contributing back to that community where we can.

So I hear what you’re thinking, “Another tech blog, why read this one?”

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