User experience / product lead / Interaction designer for an internet start-up

User experience / product lead / Interaction designer for an internet start-up
September 27, 2010 - 7:44pm
Boston, MA
United States
From a recruiter: 
Direct employer
Full time
How to apply: 
Email, with the subject: User experience designer/ product lead. Will be helpful if you can share some samples of prior work with us


Trefis ( – (an MIT Start-up)


The initial team includes:

1. An MIT PhD, Sloan MBA, Worked with McKinsey, Lehman

2. An EECS grad from Cornell, An I-Banker from UBS

3. An MIT EECS grad, with experience, passion building online systems

4. An MIT grad, Stanford PhD with experience in finance and engineering/development

We raised seed capital in Nov 2008 (yep were fortunate in the worst of times), launched our product in Nov 2009, have seen excellent user adoption, and recently completed the raise of another round of capital. We are now looking to expand our team. This is an exciting time for our business, so if you are looking to make a ton of impact working with a small team, we want to hear from you.

People in our close group of mentors and advisers call it as taking a 'Big swing at a large space' : The unique platform, executed right in the marketplace, will be disruptive to the I-Banking business. We expect to redefine at the fundamental level, how individuals, both institutional and retail, access and use business news/information, and how corporations raise capital from public.


If you want to be an internet entrepreneur / or want to do it again, this could be a great opportunity. We are now looking to work with a top-notch user experience/interaction designer to help us take the product to the next level.

You will be responsible for designing the experience for our site, including design of new features and suggesting enhancements to existing ones. The product presents a unique design challenge arising out of rich set of interactions desired between social networking features, and a complex set of structured financial content, while the need to maintain simplicity of interface. As such interest and comfort in understanding and designing social networking features, while working with complex content structure, will be a plus. Following characteristics will be great assets:

1.     Ability to distill specific product enhancement opportunities from usage data on platform, as-well-as understanding of the market and competitive products

2.     Solid track record for user experience and Interaction design

3.     Comfort/ passion for working through complex information architectures and abstracting into a powerful UI

4.     Experience, deep interest in working through user personas, use cases to design and brainstorm powerful UIs

In addition, the incoming member will be engaged with all parts of the venture. This is a great opportunity for someone who would be excited about joining a business that could be worth a few billion dollars in the 5 year timeframe.


Email, with the subject: User experience designer/ product lead. Will be helpful if you can share some samples of prior work with us.


Led by MIT engineers and Wall Street analysts Trefis helps you understand how a company's products, that you touch, read, or hear about everyday, impact its stock price.

You can check our product platform on

Here you will get answers to questions like:

          What % of Apple's stock price is iPhones?

          What % of Dell's value is Dell Desktops?

          What % of Disney's value is Parks and Resorts?

          If Bing took half the market share from Google Search, what % upside could there be for Microsoft’s stock?

The platform uses extensive data to show in a single snapshot what drives the value of a company's business.

For example, for Apple the Trefis price estimate is $360, and it shows in a single snapshot how more than 50% of that comes from iPhones, while Mac Notebooks is about 6%, and iPhone, iPod and iPad Apps are about 10% of the company’s stock price.

You can play with assumptions, personalize any forecast, or try scenarios, as well as ask questions and vet your opinions on specific forecasts with other users and experts.


Location: Boston

Compensation: In addition to a base cash salary, compensation includes an equity portion, and will be commensurate with experience