VerveCon 2018 Women in Tech Conference

VerveCon 2018 Women in Tech Conference

VerveCon aims to empower women in technology and build a community that helps them in their career path and prepare them to be an impact maker, to solve the real problems, and to prepare them to make tough decisions. VerveCon provides a platform and environment to come together, learn & inspire them in becoming great leaders at work.

Groupon alumni Anuradha Gali will be speaking at the event and some of our Engineers will be attending as well.

Why come? You’ll be…

  • Hearing women executives covering the spectrum of emerging technologies catering all levels of careers – AI, BigData, IoT, Data Science, Containers, User Interface
  • Attending the only conference in Bay Area offering technical tracks and career talks on same stage
  • Participating in our unique issue-based mentoring program, a one year benefit available to all attendees
  • Standing with women industry leaders as they discuss the continuing struggles faced by women in tech, and their suggestions about what we can all do to drive positive change
  • Learning how to position and project yourself to be in tapped for leadership in your organization
  • Contributing in our Interactive Sessions
  • Discovering new and inspiring companies in our female founder panel discussions
Developer Week 2018

Developer Week 2018

Going to DEVWEEK 2018? Groupon Software Engineer Jaime Garcia Diaz will be there to talk about Web.js on Tuesday, February 6th from 2 – 2:50 pm PT.

Javascript is one of the most popular programming languages. Its flexibility has impacted the way the web is being built. In this session, you’ll build a full-stack application with Javascript and touch on integrating with Mongo, Express, Graphql, Nextjs and React.

Google Developer Group East Bay (GDGEB)

Google Developer Group East Bay (GDGEB)

Groupon is sponsoring and co-hosting a Google Developer Group East Bay Meetup here at our Palo Alto office! Join us on January 24, 2018 for an evening of tech talks as well as drinks and food. Groupon Mobile Engineers Erik Kamp and Aolei Zhang will be talking about large scale modularization with Android Gradle 3.

The Google Developer Group East Bay (GDGEB) meets semi-regularly in East Bay of San Francisco Bay. We invite our members that develop using Google technology to do brief demos of 5 minutes. This is followed by a technical presentation and/or demonstration of one or more Google technologies from 7:00 to 8:00pm. The time between 8:00pm and 9:00pm is available for longer talks, extended Q&A and/or more informal networking before everyone heads home.

Minnie Lai – Software Development Engineer, Groupon API

Minnie Lai – Software Development Engineer, Groupon API


Software Development Engineer, Groupon API
Seattle, WA
Joined: 2015

Curiosity is Minnie’s best friend at Groupon: when she sees an opportunity to try new things and meet new people, she takes it. The result? Joining a new Engineering team and forming a Culture Club at our Seattle office aimed at bringing teammates together.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

When the entire Getaways Engineering team went curling at the Granite Curling Club of Seattle for a team event. It was my first time curling and everyone signed a foam hat in the shape of a curling stone.

What was your first role here? 

I joined Groupon as a Software Engineer for the Getaways Inventory team. I was surprised at how supportive everyone (on Getaways and GAPI) was when I proposed to transfer to the GAPI team. I wanted to transfer to GAPI team because I wanted to learn more about how our backend services work together to serve consumer requests. I also wanted to try something new and meet more people at the company. The process was simple for me: I found out that the GAPI team was hiring in Seattle and approached my then director and manager of the Getaways team. I told them that I was interested in pursuing this opportunity and they supported my decision and worked with the GAPI manager on my transfer. After wrapping up my project on Getaways, I started with the new team several weeks later!

Tell us about your job! What do you love about it?

A bit of everything! That’s what I love about it. There’s never a dull moment. I’m either troubleshooting/working with another engineer across the world or across the aisle, developing awesome customer-facing features, or scaling up our platform. Also, when I’m not developing software, I’m leading our Employee Volunteers initiative in Seattle.

You obviously have a life outside of work..what are your hobbies?

I’m either quilting or hanging out in nature.

What was your first impression of Groupon?

Cats! Lots of green cats around the office.

What do your parents think you do?

“Stuff with computers”

What’s something you think candidates would be surprised to learn about Groupon Engineering?

Grouponers are forgiving and supportive. I was the hardest on myself when I made a mistake. While the stakeholders definitely acknowledged the miss, we also didn’t dwell on it or point fingers and instead focused on getting the issue fixed ASAP.

What’s your favorite programming language?


How does your work connect to Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?

Our beautiful mobile and web platform talks to GAPI’s services to ensure customers are delighted each day.

What’s your favorite local business?

There are tons, but I enjoy visiting Ballard Market which is my local grocery store.

What’s your favorite part of your team’s Software Development process?

We are a split team (half of us in Seattle and half in PA) so a majority of our communication is done via instant message. We take extra care to make sure everyone knows what’s going on with our systems and our work.

What’s your favorite view from the Seattle office?

Tell us something about you that might surprise us.

My partner and I summited Mount St. Helens this past summer.

Tabs or spaces?


You’re a member of Groupon Volunteers; what do you enjoy about participating?

I joined because I love volunteering! In fact, if you have a great volunteering idea for the Seattle team, please get in touch! Several of us from different ERGs and Groupon Volunteers have formed an informal Seattle Culture Club and work every month to plan events and volunteer opportunities for the office. It’s been so rewarding and I’ve met so many other Grouponers in completely unexpected capacities.

Photos courtesy of Stacey Lo

Leandro Ariel De Oto – Engineering Manager, Consumer Web

Leandro Ariel De Oto – Engineering Manager, Consumer Web


Engineering Manager at Consumer Web
Palo Alto, CA
Joined: 2012

When he’s not leading an Engineering team that builds solutions for a frictionless customer experience, you can find Leandro practicing his dance moves in the gym…channeling his love for the Backstreet Boys.

What was your first role at Groupon?

My first role at Groupon was as a front-end developer back in Chile. I was hired to be a front-end developer for the LatAm countries and after a year or so I joined a global team to maintain the front-end for Checkout and My Account web apps worldwide. After a few years in that position, I was promoted to Engineering Manager of the same team. In 2016 I moved to Palo Alto. I have been managing the Checkout and User Sessions web teams for about 3 years.

Tell us about your job! What do you do and what do you love about it?

My teams and I are responsible for optimizing the login and checkout experiences for the web platform. We have to build solutions that provide our customers with a frictionless and usable interface customized to their needs so that they can proceed to log in and purchase their favorite deals with confidence and no confusion when using a web browser. I love being a manager because it gives me the opportunity to work on building teams who build great products for millions of users. What I love about my teams is that we all share the same passion for front-end development aimed to solve common problems in the e-commerce industry. Having an impact on so many people is sincerely rewarding. We truly want to build a daily habit for our customers and make local businesses accessible to them.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

2012 Groupon holiday party contest: Made a Gangnam Style-like video and we won 1st place.

What’s been most surprising about working at Groupon?

How flexible a big company can be to promote career opportunities among its people. I learned this from my own experience too. I’ve spent half of my professional career at Groupon 🙂

Are you involved with any Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)? 

I am an active member of Pride@Groupon. I led Pride Latino back in Chile before moving to the US. It’s great to see so many colleagues and leaders fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion among our people. That definitely makes us stronger. I have also recently joined Groupon en Español.

What’s your favorite programming language?

Javascript and its allies.

How does your work connect to Groupon’s mission of being the daily habit in local commerce?

If your checkout and login experiences are full of blockers and rocks in the user’s road, there is no e-commerce platform that can survive. We work every day to implement new solutions that would streamline this process based on rigorous analyses and customer feedback. All of these using modern technologies to improve the overall website’s performance so our customers can get their favorite deals with just a few clicks.

What keeps you busy outside of work?

I like taking hip-hop classes and using the gym’s studio to practice some moves.

What’s the most challenging thing you’ve worked on here?

In 2013, we had to redesign the whole web platform to improve the usability and user interface for our new online marketplace. It was the first redesign since Groupon’s launch in 2008. We had to learn new technologies, work with a lot of new people, all this in a language that I wasn’t too familiar with (no, not Javascript but English!). I learned so much during those days and we worked really hard to deliver a project that millions of users would face. The results were successful and very well taken by our customers and merchants.

What was your first impression of Groupon?

“Will I be able to make an impact in such a big company?”

What do your parents think you do?

According to my mom: “You program the operation of the website using codes” and I can also “remove viruses from her computer.”

What’s unique about Groupon’s Engineering culture?

Authentic diversity. Groupon Engineering culture is very diverse and that’s what makes us different because we truly believe that our multiple nationalities, cultures, genders, styles, and accents make Groupon a better place to work at where we all can learn from each other.

What did you do before Groupon? How did you get here?

I worked for some media companies as a front-end developer in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One day I got an email from a Groupon recruiter to interview me for an open position in Chile. I had my interviews but my profile didn’t fit the back-end positions available at that time. Three months later, they contacted me again with an offer for a front-end position. I accepted and I moved to Santiago de Chile three weeks later.

What’s your favorite part of your team’s Software Development process?

When we deliver our features to Production is when I feel most proud about my team’s work and impact in the customers. We call our new features “our little babies.”

Tabs or spaces?


What’s something about you that’d surprise us?

I am a big fan of Backstreet Boys.