At Doximity, we've grown to a team of over a dozen engineers that cover the full stack. Until now, we've managed our environments and setup processes. It's time for you to take on this role and push us further.
## About Us
Doximity’s mission is to help physicians become more productive and successful. Physicians use Doximity to instantly connect with other healthcare professionals, grow their practices and discover new professional opportunities.
Doximity was launched by Jeff Tangney in 2010; Jeff previously founded and led mobile healthcare pioneer Epocrates. Nearly 20% of US physicians have already joined the network.
## Key Responsibilities
- Involved in all aspects of maintaining the development, QA and production infrastructure and services.
- Ensure proper security, monitoring, alerting and reporting for the infrastructure.
- Hands on maintenance on our Ruby on Rails and Sinatra applications.
- Collaborate closely with developers to resolve issues.
- Troubleshoot issues across the whole stack – hardware, software and network.
- Document current and future procedures, configuration and policies.
- Monitor and plan for capacity upgrades.
## Required Skills & Expertise
- 5+ years of solid Linux/UNIX systems engineer/administrator experience.
- Automation experience with tools such as Chef or Puppet and scripting skills in Bash.
- Experience deploying and managing MySQL or PostgreSQL databases.
- Experience running infrastructure within Amazon Web Services.
- Proficient in Ruby, experience in running apps built in Ruby on Rails and Sinatra.
## Bonus points
- Experience with Java based app servers.
- Experience with distributed cache such as Redis or Memcached.
I tried this and was really impressed. Removed the hassles of 1) finding a cleaner; 2) arranging a huge time window to be home (they text you when they are on their way); 3) guessing what cleaning products I need to provide; 4) guessing what language to speak.
I'm already familiar with what a cleaner is for so it was a small step for me to try this. Now that I'm in their system I'm much more likely to use Exec for things I've never considered hiring someone to do before.
For anyone who smelled a startup opportunity increasing pricing transparency in healthcare, check out Castlight Health. They were founded in 2008 to attack this exact problem and are making a killing targeting large employers.
While I almost agree with your first paragraph, the second made my eyebrows raise (and that's why I downvoted). "mean-spirited" and "shortsighted" are very strong words for a valid question - the grand-parent was quite polite, so no need to be defensive.
"...when you consider that better than 60 percent of Amazon's sales come from repeat customers--which implies that they're loyal..."
That seems to be the key figure missing from the Groupon discussion. If they are buying loyal users and customers, their mad-dash growth strategy would seem rational. If their retention is poor, it would seem more like a Ponzi scheme.
I think the piece of the puzzle that most people have trouble with is not that they'll have repeat customers. It's that those customers are loyal to Groupon... or more specifically, loyal to the concept of deep discounts. The part most people, including myself, have a hard time grok'ing is that merchants will continue to punish themselves by doing business with Groupon.
I think that perhaps you're not grokking Groupon, the customers of Groupon have never been the bargain hunters, they've always been the merchants. The bargain hunters are the product Groupon sells.
You can then look at the model and realize Groupon have been screwing their own customers.
It's a shame as I think the core concept of the business is pretty sound in my book, but I was astounded when I found out the Groupon were taking 50-100% of deals. Just seemed like short term gain for long term loss. I thought that at least they'd be making crazy profits, but it turns out they're making a loss! That was what truly astonished me. They don't even have any physical good, they're selling other people's products for free and they're making a loss. Jeezus, what a royal screwup.
The discussion of the model here this last day has explained how/why they dug themselves into this terrible hole.
If, and tbh it's still an if, groupon unravels, it'll be quite a few years before this model will surface again. Which is a shame as done in moderation it seems a sound one to me and a win for all involved.
It is the other way around. My friend has a wine store and he was an early adopter of groupon. I think he started almost 2 years ago?
He stopped doing it because it brought in riff raff customers that were cheap and were pretty much broke.
No, he got it right. His point was that Groupons customers are merchants, and they have been screwing their customers. Excluding the first sentence, your point completely validates what he was trying to say.
"That's just semantics" is a common way of saying "you're arguing over semantics instead of the point." When arguing semantics is disguised as a genuine rebuttal, it's a fallacy.
If I say the sky is blue, and you assert the sky has no color, you're not actually contradicting my assertion you're disagreeing about the meaning of the word 'sky'. That's arguing semantics instead of addressing the point.
Yes, by "that's just semantics", I meant that it doesn't matter which party you call the customer. The thrust of the argument is still that Groupon is screwing over merchants and that I'm not convinced that merchants will continue to work with Groupon.
Exactly this. I'd be very interested in a stat of how many of Groupon's merchants are operating these deals at a profit. I know one SF merchant personally that does, but I suspect its very few. Even more importantly, I'd be interested in how many of these Groupon customers are returning to the merchant. If that number is high than Groupon has hope, if its low then they aren't actually adding much value and they can only continue fleecing small businesses for so long.
"I'd be very interested in a stat of how many of Groupon's merchants are operating these deals at a profit."
Isn't the point that it brings customers in the door albeit at a loss? Hopefully, the future value of the customer is more than the loss on the initial deal. I think that's what your getting at with your subsequent sentences. I am not in the retail business so this is just conjecture but it seems to me that it's almost impossible to operate one of these deals at a profit. Basically, you are renting Groupon's sales machine and hopefully you convert a big percentage of the customers the deal brings in. I would also guess few retailers have the ability to present value the customers future revenue correctly and I'm sure Groupon will (if they haven't already) offer tools to measure that and justify the ROI of their deals.
Yeah -- it's a really bad setup in the end though because Groupon attracts the type of customer that isn't likely to spend a lot of money in the first place unless there is a deal. In other words, Groupon can attract a lot of customers, but the quality of those customers isn't very good (at least from my personal experience, all of the people I know who heavily use Groupon don't really use it at places they haven't already heard of before). The ROI must be terrible, but it also can be difficult to measure.
I think it depends on the kind of business. I think it is useful to break Groupon deals into a few categories, as well as the number of customers involved in any given deal:
Depending on the number of customers. most, if not all, fast-food restaurants will probably be able to make a profit of a 50% deal. These businesses thrive on large numbers of customers, and their profits scale extremely well. It is also relatively easy to win over new customers if you are more convenient, providing a reasonable opportunity to gain repeat customers (ex: Dominos does a deal and people find it delicious and cheap).
This is a much harder category to map a profit on a Groupon deal. These restaurants have a much more rigid number of customers they can serve on any given night. For a popular restaurant there is to use Groupon as they can already fill the seats and it is not a good value for them. For unpopular restaurants, people will attend but it seems unlikely these will be repeat customers. They are already bargain hunters, and it will be hard to wow these customers enough to return to your restaurant repeatedly.
ONE TIME USE ACTIVITIES
These deals have a similar problem to the sit-down restaurant. These are fun the first time, but repeat visits are much less compelling and it will be challenging to permanently pique the interest of bargain hunters. (ex: Deal on a boat tour)
REPEAT USE ACTIVITIES
Repeat activities seem like a reasonable set market for Groupon. These activities suffer from the same fixed-sized problem, however they stand a reasonable chance of retaining customers. Deals such as training and introductory courses are explicitly designed to attract new customers, and a Groupon top get them in the door seems fairly reasonable.
No matter what activity the Groupon is for, the number of customers who take advantage of the deal is a key component. Economy of scale is true for every business, and the more customers who take advantage of any given deal will directly affect the profit in involved with any given transaction
I think a lot of it is profitable for merchants these days. Invariably when I peek at Groupon, the deal falls into the category of "useless shit that is insanely overpriced normally, and with the deal is just reasonably priced useless shit".
I'm an investor at the TechShop in the Raleigh-Durham area. We ran two Groupon deals over the past 9 months. Both had very good results (~280 sales each, at $120/Groupon. Groupon took ~20%). We were VERY careful to structure our deal such that we would make a profit on each deal - membership is fairly cheap per customer. Our main cost is instructor time for classes, and we have a minimum number of people/class. Furthermore, the business is such that getting a potential customer to visit the TechShop is very valuable (the TechShop has a certain wow factor), so we were counting on the discount given via Groupon as the cost of getting someone to visit and try the shop.
So far, the results have been mixed, with about 20% of the Groupon users signing up for additional months of shop access. That's better than the other steep discounted deals we've offered.
So, for a business like TechShop, Groupon works really well. We'll be working with them again.
If you're a Groupon shopper, wouldn't the novelty, of say, going to that same spa wear off the second and third time you saw the deal? Similarly, if you keep selling your services on Groupon, don't you cheapen your brand. To me, there's not much incentive for repeat customers.
More and more I see deals that are likely to be turning a nice profit. For instance, last month there was an acting seminar in LA -- only a single 5-day session was offered which all Groupon buyers would attend. ~300 people signed up at $100 per head, for around $30000 revenue.
Additionally, an article on HN earlier today pointed out that Amazon had to spend a lot of money investing in infrastructure, whereas the only similar thing Groupon has done is assemble a "phone book" of interested businesses and consumers.
I seriously question the loyalty of new Groupon customers. Typically they sign up because of one deal. They might even buy the deal. Then Groupon proceeds to spam them every day with deals they aren't remotely interested in, at locations far from their home. Unsubscribe.
This. The problem is that Groupon's variety of merchants is very low - I suspect because it's only worthwhile to merchants with an incredibly wide profit margin (e.g., spas or other services that have low variable costs).
I unsubscribed after I kept getting deals I had zero interest in. It seems once in a while they'll get a "big deal" from a well-known merchant to get people back in - but 99% of the deals I've seen from Groupon are utterly useless.
Neither consumers nor businesses are loyal to Groupon. And the moment deals start to decline in quality, consumers will hit 'Unsubscribe' or 'Report as Spam' and it's Game Over for Groupon. I've already tired of their endless emails and blocked them. I'd be interested in seeing their churn rate - acquiring new customers to replace those that leave is going to increase in cost exponentially.
Groupon Economy is Recession Economy, and groupon issues food coupons to it's members, merchants accept food coupon because they believe customers don't have money and selling at discount is better than no sale.
If groupon don't make profit, nor the merchants it is surely bad for the company and it's investors
Thanks for the perspective. My impression from reading about Grigori Perelman was that almost all papers in arXiv are eventually published in traditional journals, for grant purposes, as alluded to by mechanical_fish. Maybe arXiv just needs to hire Scott Chacon (VP of R&D at GitHub).