30 Great Places to Work 2021
Established in 2015, Postlight is a team of creative technologists working together to build beautiful, expertly engineered platforms. The company lives by these principles: "We ship code on time, we don't compromise quality, and we bring passion to our work. Our team is made up of product strategists, designers, and engineers with the expertise to ship high-quality products. We work collaboratively across disciplines and with our clients."
Postlight's partners are experienced entrepreneurs and thought leaders. The company's leadership team speaks plainly about what it takes to build great digital products and guides the creation of platforms that change the industry. Under the leadership is a team of top-tier engineers, product managers, and designers who help large companies modernize and upgrade their organizations, starting with the software. They help ship beautiful platforms that scale and succeed, and they do it on time!
"Postlight showed incredible range—addressing not just the technical challenges but also staying sharply focused on how the outcomes would affect our business. I've simply never had a closer, more valuable, or more enjoyable experience with an outside agency," said Drake Martinet, Chief Product Officer at VICE Media.
Building web and mobile products is risky. Fewer than one-third of software projects ship on time. But Postlight is proven, with deep expertise in building and shipping digital prototypes, platforms, and products. It has done it again and again for clients like Time Inc, VICE Media, Goldman Sachs, Insight Catastrophe Group, and many others.
Power Your Platform With Scalable Parts
Modern businesses run on robust digital platforms, servicing millions (or hundreds of millions) of users — and billions of transactions per day. Postlight architects platforms for scale. It builds API-first platforms to meet complicated business and data challenges for the clients. It often delivers both REST and GraphQL-based APIs, which in turn power desktop and mobile clients. On top of this, Postlight never loses track of the end-users.
Working with Goldman Sachs
Since the advent of electronic trading, the tools and capabilities made available to traders have been limited and confined to the desktop. Goldman Sachs' Marquee group had a clear mandate: to conceive and deliver a lightweight, modern trading platform and offer access to Goldman's world-class trading services to external customers for the first time ever. A critical tenet of the Goldman Sachs Marquee initiative is to deliver a wide array of capabilities and services atop one unified fintech platform — both technically and from a product design perspective.
Postlight worked with the Marquee team to define a digital product strategy that would expose a powerfully diverse set of trading capabilities and insights. The company gave traders both speed and flexibility. It designed and built algorithmic trading capabilities from the ground up within Marquee. The tabular design allowed a high volume of data to be understood and evaluated quickly. The Postlight team brought an immense depth of information in a beautiful package. The Enhance Liquidity Portal offered layered views of assets: across multiple exchanges, year ranges, blended views, and market midpoints in commodity ladders.
The outcome was that Goldman Sachs now has high-powered trading for the modern age. The new Marquee platform sets the standard for modern, intelligent fintech trading tools. The final experience is simple to use yet represents a major leap forward in algorithmic trading. Postlight's engineers and designers found creative ways to offer an incredible depth of information on a compact dashboard, speeding up buying analysis at scale. And by migrating from a native to the web-based solution, Postlight brought a high-powered trading platform to the modern age.
The Leader Upfront
Paul Ford, Co-Founder and CEO
He is a writer, product strategist, educator, programmer, and software consultant. He has consulted on and managed digital and editorial strategies for organizations as diverse as Harper’s Magazine, where he was an editor for five years, Condé Nast, Credit Suisse, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and VICE Media, and for the media consulting firm Activate, where he contributed to editorial and product strategies for global media and finance firms.
Paul is widely known as a writer and commentator for national outlets like Wired and the New York Times, and is often anthologized in “Best of” collections. In 2016, Paul won the National Magazine Award for writing an entire issue of Bloomberg Businessweek to explain programming to a mass audience— an essay called “What Is Code?”
Paul has advised many startups at different growth stages and is an advisor to the publishing platform Medium. He was also an advisor to the White House Office of Digital Strategy during the Obama Administration, and helps out at the Library of Congress. Paul teaches at the School of Visual Arts and has appeared on countless radio programs, TV programs, and podcasts.