On 5/2 I started my new job at Chomp, an app search engine startup in SF; I have been loving every minute. It’s been a month, so I wanted to write a post reflecting on the change and why it has been so positive. First, for those who want to learn more about the company, there are some excellent Techcrunch articles about Chomp’s seed funding, iPhone release, Android release, and most recently, Verizon V cast and Android Market cross store app search.
In no particular order here are the top 5 reasons why I’m thrilled to be working at Chomp
1. Chomp is smaller than Google by a factor of roughly 1000
On my first day I knew everyone’s name. I interact with the CTO and CEO on a daily basis. There are no remote offices. I know what everyone in the company is working on. The velocity of the team is incredible. The level of camaraderie is something I’ve never experienced before.
2. Everyone at Chomp is very competent AND works very hard
Good things happen at the intersection of willing and able. When a release needs to happen, part of the team stays late to make sure it happens. When an East coast press release goes out early, part of the team wakes up at 3AM to make sure everything goes smoothly. We will succeed or fail together, so we all put in our fair share to make sure the former and not the latter happens.
3. Billions of apps are downloaded each year and growth is exponential
I think this point is best summarized by the figure below:
More details can be found in the full slide deck from Matt Murphy and Mary Meeker here.
4. Chomp’s app search is superior to iTunes, Android Market, and other competitors
5. Chomp is roughly 15 blocks from my apartment
I used to commute 2+ hours by bus to Mountain View. Working in the city has allowed me to reclaim 10 hours of my life per week. It’s huge.
Finally, I’ve been asked what I have been and will be up to at Chomp. I will be working primarily on Search Quality and the monthly App Search Analytics report. Though I can’t say much about the former, here is a link to the latest edition of the latter (which was featured on the front page of Slide Share):