September 19, 2014
Welcome to "Intern Insights", a series of blog posts written by the ten college students working with TubeMogul this summer. Each week we will publish a blog post from one of our interns outlining their learnings, experiences and digital video trends they observe while they work with us. Enjoy! I’ve just completed my seventh week here at TubeMogul. This has been my first introduction to the advertising industry and I feel like I’m learning a whole new language with all the unfamiliar terminology. From the start, I was told that I was going to be the first intern at the London office, so the excitement had started before the internship even commenced. On the first day, I was quite nervous (as expected with the start of anything new), however, the team members were extremely friendly and we went out for an Ad Ops lunch which was a great chance for me to get to know everyone. On the second day, the MD, Nick Reid gave me a TubeMogul cap and said “you’re part of the family now”. Everyone knows everyone here at the office and there’s always something to look forward to! As you can see from my initial experiences alone - the culture and atmosphere here is definitely one of a kind.
Within my first few days, I had the chance to sit in on a Platform Demo with a client and this was a great way to see just how professional and serious things really get! This fast paced working environment keeps me engaged and I’m always excited for a new working day. The work ethic of everyone around me motivates me to work harder and this is something which I feel will be great for completing the final year of my degree at the London School of Economics.
I have been intrigued by the noticeable resemblance between the financial world and the concepts of Real Time Bidding, demand side platforms and supply side platforms. Additionally, learning my way around the platform has been great fun. Interpreting data and analysing various trends, whilst also getting involved with reporting has been extremely insightful. The new excel tricks I’ve learned with all this data analysis is definitely a valuable skill for the future. The quality of work here at TubeMogul and the general attitude towards colleagues and clients has made me eager to complete my degree and become a part of this world!
My manager, Ian Monaghan (yup, he’s that cool dude in the picture below), encouraged me to shadow different people in the office, so not only have I had an in depth introduction to Ad Ops, but I’ve also been able to work with members of the Sales and Business Development team. I know that whenever I have a question, I can approach anyone in the office and they’re always willing to have a chat and explain new concepts to me. Recently, the Ops department has been attending sales training which has enabled me to better understand how things link together and has fueled my interest in the company.
Aside from all the work and day-to-day tasks, my social experience at TubeMogul is something which I’m not going to forget. I’ve met some amazing people that have made me never want to leave this place! Luckily, my university campus is on the same road as the office, so they’re not getting rid of me anytime soon! Our weekly “all-hands” meetings where we discuss cultural aspects such as sports, charity fundraising, office improvements and pretty much anything else, shows that everyone here knows when to work and when to have some fun! I’m always telling my friends and family how exciting my day in the office are, and they’re all definitely jealous of my stories. From large events such as the 300 people party, to the office jokes, lunches, foosball games, music, our weekly bake-off and more, this has definitely turned into a summer with a story worth telling!