Getting Started with Go: 3 Tips for Engineering Interns

When I received my first code review as a fresh new engineering intern, I was horrified. How could I have received 87 comments on a 50 line code change? After getting A’s in all my CS classes, how could I be so unprepared for programming in the real world? After taking a deeper look at the comments, I realized that my fundamentals were fine, I simply didn’t know any of the industry style guidelines or best practices. The code review comments were extremely helpful in teaching me the industry standards for programming in Go. To help any future engineering interns, this blog post is a list of the three Go styles and best practices I wish I had known before I started my internship.

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10 Used Car Spring Deals You Don’t Want To Miss

Brace yourselves—Spring is coming! A new season brings in some new, awesome deals. We asked our pricing team to find you the some sweet deals on new rides to jumpstart the season. These cars are yours to test drive and buy at amazing below-market prices. Read on, and book a test drive now! Remember, we’ll bring the cars out to you wherever you are, whether you’re at home or at the office.

San Francisco Spring Car Deals

2015 Ford Edge SEL AWD

Ford Edge SEL 2015

Dealership: $26,698
Shift: $20,950
You Save: $5,748CarGurus great deal

That is one shiny, sleek blue vehicle. If you are looking for a good, functional vehicle with a little splash of personality, look no further than this Ford Edge SEL. This beauty comes with the technology package. Basically all the stuff you want plus more stuff you thought you never needed. Blind spot information system, back-up camera, rear parking aid, voice activated touch screen navigation, cross-traffic alerts, auto-dimming side view mirrors, and this thing even has an outlet. And the real kicker is that it’s only got 20K miles. Yes please.

Give it a test drive: 2015 Ford Edge SEL AWD

2014 Audi S4 Premium Plus

Audi S4 Premium Plus 2014 - Black Studio Masked

Dealership: $29,676
Shift: $25,650
You Save: $4,026CarGurus great deal

You know what is better than ice cream? Premium ice cream. What is better than premium ice cream? Premium ice cream at normal ice cream cost.

Come test drive this Audi S4 Premium Plus. Save over $4K below market price. Comes with a full-on navigation system, back-up cameras, parkings aids, heated front seats, leather and basically what you would expect from a “premium” Audi.

UPDATE: CAR JUST SOLD! Find similar cars here: 2014 Audi S4 Premium Plus

2014 Chevrolet Impala Limited LT

Dealership: $11,708
Shift: $8,000
You Save: $3,708CarGurus great deal

Perhaps you are thinking, I don’t need no flashy blue tech car or a premium anything. I just want something that will get me from point A to point B, it’s reliable, an awesome deal, has some cool perks and something other than a Civic or Corolla. Well, how about a Chevy Impala Limited LT? Got a little something extra with perks like remote engine start, keyless entry, dual climate control and of course got to have that AUX input. But more importantly, at only $8K, it’s a great option to consider.

UPDATE: CAR JUST SOLD! Find similar cars here: 2014 Chevrolet Impala Limited LT

2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sedan

Subaru Impreza 2.0 Sedan

Dealership:$15,706
Shift: $13,650
You Save: $2,056CarGurus great deal

So you are outdoorsy and environmentally friendly and just looking for a nice all-around car with of course, all-wheel drive. This Subaru Impreza provides just that. 28 city / 37 highway. Only ~25K miles. Perhaps this is the reliable, fun new partner you are looking for.

UPDATE: CAR JUST SOLD! Find similar cars here: 2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sedan

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How I Used Machine Learning To Price Used Cars

Andrew Carman is a software engineer at Shift.

At the core of any market is pricing. If you get pricing wrong, your marketplace doesn’t work. Our success at Shift—as a marketplace that makes it easy for anyone to buy and sell used cars—hinges on accurately and competitively pricing cars. 

Dealerships traditionally have a team of experts that price trade-ins for customers and manage the prices of their vehicles. They haggle over those prices with buyers that come to their dealerships, and often take advantage of consumers who have less access to car price data.

Our goal is to make selling and buying a car a fun, fair, and accessible experience by using technology to disintermediate what car dealerships do poorly. So we build software instead of back-office sales teams to price our cars, which increases efficiency, levels the playing field for our customers, and lets us systematically improve the accuracy of our pricing over time.

Read on to see exactly how we did it, and pass this along to the folks who might be interested in our approach.

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7 Handy Car Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

We all love our cars, but oftentimes we come across unavoidable problems and issues on the road that need a quick fix.  Below, we collected a slew of handy car hacks to make driving a breeze and tide you over until your next maintenance appointment. Read on, and share these tried-and-tested tips from Shift with your friends!

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10 Tips For Becoming A Better Teammate

Kate Heddleston is an Engineering Manager at Shift.

When I was first learning to play water polo, a coach told me something I’ve never forgotten. He said, “Great players make everyone around them look like great players.” A great player can catch any pass, anticipating imperfect throws and getting into position. When they make a return pass, they throw the ball so that the other person can make the catch easily.

Here at Shift HQ, software engineering is a team sport. Like water polo, you can’t build incredible software systems alone. So when I first heard the concept of the 10x engineer, I was confused. How could someone be so talented that it overshadows the power of teamwork? In my experience, individual excellence is necessary, but not sufficient, for greatness. Focusing purely on individual achievement misses the larger picture that teams are required to build great software. So I decided to change the definition of a 10x engineer to this:

A 10x engineer isn’t someone who is 10x better than those around them, but someone who makes those around them 10x better.

Over the years I’ve combined my personal experience with research about building and growing effective teams and turned that into a list of 10 ways to be a better teammate, regardless of position or experience level. While many things on this list are general pieces of advice for how to be a good teammate, there is an emphasis on how to be a good teammate to people from diverse backgrounds. Read on, and pass this along to the people you work and collaborate with on the daily!

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Meet The Trailblazing Women Behind The Shift Team

Here at Shift, we’re committed to empowering the women in our team through opportunities in leadership and professional development. As disruptors in an industry that is predominantly full of men, we are committed to building a team where everyone can feel welcomed, connected, and engaged as equal partners.

In honor of International Women’s Day and the hashtag #PressForProgress, we asked some of the trailblazing women in our team to share their thoughts and insights about women in the workplace, and how their work impacts the lives of our customers and in shaping our company culture. Read on and get inspired!

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How To Prepare Your Kids For Daylight Saving Time

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 11 — Daylight Saving Time (DST) is almost upon us! Ready to “spring” forward? This Sunday, you’ll need to advance your clocks with one hour. Later in the autumn, you’ll have to re-adjust the time back to the standard time, and “fall” back. It’s not that complicated, but when it comes to your kids, DST comes with its own set of issues. A new way to experience time can be a difficult adjustment for them.

Here at Shift, we have a lot of customers with kids, and some of us even have kids of our own. So we’ve collected some handy tips that will ease the transition for your children, and make the time change as natural for them as possible. Read on—and if you have some tips of your own, share them with us in the comments!

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Where To Go This Weekend In San Francisco (March 3-4, 2018)

In this series on Shift, we round up all the must-see places and events happening every weekend in San Francisco. Scroll down, so you don’t miss out!

With the 90th Academy Awards (a.k.a. the Oscars!) airing this Sunday, you might want to sit this weekend out and stay glued to your TV. But not so fast! We’re looking at an awesome agenda for you in the weekend ahead. To get you pumped up for the first weekend of March, read on for a few exciting events to entice you to get out, hop in your car, and have a blast.

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Staff Picks: 3 Best Used Cars For 2018

It’s time-consuming and it can sap the life out of you. With so many considerations — everything from checking under hood to deciding on a color — across a range of many options, shopping for a used car can overwhelm you and you may just end up settling on the first decent one you spot. Thanks to our Shift team of drivers and buyers across San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego — the process just got a whole lot easier for you! Read on for our picks of the best used family, commuter, and luxury cars for the year ahead. Then, hop on to the comments and tell us what you think!

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6 Romantic California Getaways To Take This Weekend

Valentine’s Day may be over, but you can keep the romance going all weekend long with a last-minute getaway for you and your significant other. And if you happen to live in California, count yourself lucky! From national parks to wineries to beaches, you’re surrounded by a myriad of options for romantic escapes that are easily accessible by car. Recently, we expanded our coverage area to add even more places in Northern and Southern California. So we collected some of our favorite picks for the most swoon-worthy getaways to add to your long weekend agenda. Scroll down, and cue the wanderlust!

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