Posted by Willy Franzen on March 1, 2011. Jobs updated daily.
Now, I haven’t heard of any job seekers who use flashcards for interviews, but I’m sure there are some out there. I haven’t touched a flashcard since I stopped taking French, and that was a long time ago. I don’t miss them at all. It’s probably because my French teachers forced me to write hundreds of flashcards for homework. If I could have found a way to use a computer to automate the process, I would have. But those teachers wanted to see a handwritten flashcard. Today’s students probably don’t feel my pain. That’s because you can make all of your flashcards online, share them with friends, and use them on your smartphone thanks to Quizlet. They’re a San Francisco, CA based company that aims to “creatively harness technology to provide powerful, free learning capabilities to hundreds of millions of people.”
Now, I’m not a big fan of memorization, but it certainly has its place in education–especially in languages. How big is the memorization market? Quizlet had 13 million users in 2010 along with 4,619,867 flashcard sets, 141,859,631 terms/definitions, and 395,923,820 answers logged. If the generation that grows up with Quizlet doesn’t do markedly better on standardized tests, I’m going to be very disappointed in them. The cool thing about Quizlet is that they go way beyond the flashcard. Once you have a set ready, you can “use several study modes including multiple choice tests and study games. You can add images and listen to audio, and even study on the go with one of dozens of Quizlet-compatible mobile apps.” It’s pretty clear that Quizlet has built a great product, but what about the business behind the product? They make money two ways: advertising and premium memberships. It’s a “small company with a big website and a big goal,” but they’re looking to add to their team. The Quizlet Jobs page doesn’t have specific positions posted, but they mention that they’re looking for Backend Engineers, Frontend Engineers, Marketers, Product Marketers, and Business Operations people. You can get in touch with them at email@example.com.
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