VP of IT
Paul's Marxent to Magnetic Story
Paul started at our sister company, almost Marxent 5 years ago, as a Sr. Software Engineer. His role transitioned from building web and mobile experiences for most of products in the Retail Division to being our VP of IT. In 2017 the Retail Division of Marxent became its own company, Magnetic Mobile!
Transitioning to work at a start-up: "It's about commitment"
Originally Posted on June 6, 2013 for the Marxent Culture Blog
There is nothing more challenging than making a transition from one environment to another, as the most recent addition to our family can attest. Whether you're entering a new phase of life such as fatherhood or looking forward to a job change that involves joining a start-up, there are always unexpected twists and turns. Who couldn't use a little bit of help?
As a recent hire at Marxent Labs, I was asked to jot down my thoughts on joining the team. Here are three tips for a successful transition.
1. It's about commitment
Super-stardom at any one particular skill is not a prerequisite to success at Marxent Labs. Sure, everyone at Marxent is experienced and expert at what they do. What sets the individuals who work here apart is that they are all diligent, hardworking, and share a sense of commitment to customer satisfaction, critical deadlines and crafting superior user experiences. The level of commitment employees have to the company, to the team and to fellow co-workers is really amazing. Across the company, there is a resonant commitment to success.
2. "Team" is the key word
Put your ego aside. There is no pecking order, no cherry picking the sweet jobs and no saying, "that's not my job."" There are also no perks due to seniority. In fact, Marxent has a philosophy of "servant leadership". Everyone leads by supporting, serving and building up those around them. If you hope to make a smooth transition to our team, be prepared to do the same.
I've never been a part of group that has gone to such lengths to make people to feel welcome and as if they are making meaningful contributions. Everyone here seems to be just as dedicated to my success as his or her own. This includes management, but also peers working with different technologies for different customers within different product lines.
3. Find a seat but don't get too comfortable
In many ways Marxent Labs approaches projects like a team does a baseball game. Just because you pitched yesterday doesn't mean you'll do the same today. If the lead off batter is unavailable, another player fills in. It's not unheard of for a position player to pitch when all of the regular pitchers have been used in a game.
One day I'm writing restful services in C#. The next I could be integrating a new jQuery library followed by some work in Sharepoint or Android. As a rule, we are prepared to stretch ourselves, go out on a limb, and ask for support when we need it. We jump into every game with both feet, but we don't get settled because the next game might call for something new.
Interested in joining the Magnetic team?
If you'd be a good fit for Magnetic, apply here.
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as Unique as Your Brand.
We specialize in customized app designs for each unique brand. Our apps touch thousands of households, daily. We are mobile focused and retail centered in design.
Our highly skilled cross-functional team has been working in the digital space, honing their expertise in: agile methodologies, software development, QA, business analytics & intelligence, and user experience with a proven history of over 50+ app releases to the App & Google Play Stores. Our portfolio of apps are approaching one million active users per month. We have a history of pushing customer adoption and engagement further.
- Geolocation Services - Store Location & Mapping
- Loyalty Program Data Presentation
- Transaction History
- Mobile Wallet Integration
- Personalized Messaging
- In-App Messaging
- Coupon & Offer Management
- Social Login & Sharing
- Customer App Registration
- NCR's Advanced Marketing Solutions (AMS) Integration
Focused Native App Development.
Consistent 5-Star Ratings for Our Apps.
We use leading UX best practices and design trends to make sure your app outshines the competition and pleases your customers. Our customers love it. We have consistently ranked 5-stars on iOS deployments and over 4.7 on Android on the last 50 custom app releases we have deployed.
Rapid Development, concept to store in 3 months.
Using technical expertise and proven agile methodologies, we accelerate your go-to market mobile strategy. We don't make you wait until the end, we show you demos every two-weeks, like clockwork.
Retail Mobile Strategy Focused.
We stay ahead of the trends in retail technology—keeping you ahead of the competition from mobile wallet integration, to AR/VR in-store technology, to social media login.
Experienced Mobile Developers.
Our developers are focused on coding for mobile, perfecting their skills in Java and Objective C every day, with tens of thousands of hours of experience and over 50 app store releases under our belts.
Ongoing App Maintenance & Partnership Program.
Worried about long-term maintenance and future app releases? We have that covered too, by making sure your app is healthy and successful. We maintain a dedicated partnership, working alongside you to release new features on a quarterly basis after initial app store deployment.
- OS (Operating System) Update Releases
- Bug Fixes & Crash Reporting
- Analytics & Customer Engagement
- Benchmarking Mobile Technology Roadmapping & Strategy
- Emerging Mobile Technology Trends
We Build Web Forms & Functions.
Not all apps are suited to be native, but all apps have to play nice with mobile. We have created several mobile friendly web applications for our retail clients that are fully integrated with key customer data sources that have been very popular with customers. Most recently, we transformed a large retailer's corporate website into a customer centered and mobile friendly platform to build engagement for millions of customers.
- Scalable Web Services
- SQL database design
- ASP.Net or MVC
- CMS Integration
- AMS Integration
- Mobile First Responsive Web Design
Focused Web App Development.
Experienced Web Developers.
Retail Mobile-First Strategy.
We stay ahead of the trends in retail technology, keeping you ahead of the competition from personalization and day-parting banner messaging integration, to social media login.
Built-in Analytics Reporting.
We take data insights seriously and use that to inform your web designs. All our apps come standard with Google Analytics reporting integration built-in. We also provide custom analytics for more sophisticated implementations with analysis.
Safe and Secure Data Protection.
Hosted on secure cloud servers with 24-hour monitoring and a dedicated 99% uptime commitment. We are reliable and safe.