Shiftependence Day

Help us celebrate SHIFTependence this weekend by posting your #ShiftSelfie for a chance to win!

How it works: Take a selfie of your Shift car (whether you’re buying a Shift car this weekend or you’d just like to show us some love and post your Shift smile, we’d like to hear from you!) and post on your social media of choice (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter).  

Rules: Simply follow Shift, tag us, and use the hashtag #ShiftSelfie to be sure we see it. You’ll automatically be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card. 

Instagram: @driveshiftcars

Twitter: @driveshift

Facebook: Shift Cars

Pro tip: Submitting on more than one social media platform will increase your chance to win, so get posting! 

No purchase necessary. Must submit entries before 7/7/2019 at 11:59pm PT. Earn 1 entry for each post on social media when you follow and tag Shift, post a selfie with your purchase or sharing your love for Shift, and use the hashtag #ShiftSelfie. Winners will be randomly chosen and notified via direct message on their social media account.

Shift Spotlight: Allie Cell

Find how and why Allie decided to help unblind us with (data) science.

Allie is one of the fabulous data scientists here at Shift. Longtime Shifter Dennis recruited her out of school, where she studied data science and engineering. She graduated in Spring 2018, and she’s been here ever since. We asked her about how she’s liked working here. 

When Dennis told you about Shift, what sold you on it? The problem is really interesting (and Dennis is really smart). I came up with ideas for [how to improve the model], and it seemed like a place where you could come in and have a lot of impact and ideas are really valued. 

I ended up crying during the on-site interview [I was told the story of a single mom who literally couldn’t have gone to a used car dealership, and Shift made it possible for her to buy a car.] There are a lot of use cases that are doing good. 

Did that sense of impact continue after you started? Absolutely. The impact has continued. My day 2 project turned into something that kept evolving into a three or four month project that had a few hundred thousand dollars of impact.

How do you think about Shift doing good? Our pricing is fair and isn’t based on how much you know about cars, it doesn’t discriminate. It’s as fair as we can be at fair market prices. It about the cars, not about the person. There’s no swindling or anything. That our pricing is fair, that’s the biggest thing. 

How do you describe Shift to your friends? I used the same line, that Shift is revolutionizing the car-buying experience to make it fun, fair and accessible. They make a joke about me being a sales person, but that’s it, I believe in it. 

Is that true of everyone here, that they believe in the product? I think so. I’m frequently impressed by how much people do care and want to stay true to that mission. 

Is that unique to Shift? A lot of companies try to come up with mission statements that people can believe in, but I do think that ours is better in some ways. 

Tell me about the culture. How have you gotten along here? Super well. One of the proudest accomplishments of my life was that [my manager] invited me and Dennis to his wedding in New York. I think on a personal level I’m really good friends with the people on my team, I really respect them. What’s cool at Shift, the impact that you have is not strictly technical, you work with a lot of stakeholders and business people, you have to understand how data impacts them. The people are great.

Would you recommend it to your friends? Yes, as I have! [She recruited her friend from college who now works here.] 

When you were first introduced to the idea of shift, what was your impression of the concept? It’s definitely different than most things going on in the used car space, but there are a lot of industries making similar transitions to online and less brick and mortar. The website also looked very nice. 

Do you feel like it’s something that should exist? I haven’t thought about car ownership much for myself, so when I’m giving people my one-line pitch of Shift, frequently their experience seems to be bad, they think it’s obvious that Shift exists. 

Making contributions? The talent here is pretty exquisite, it’s not like you have to shine a spotlight on people having impact, everyone is kicking ass. As someone who’s junior on the team, I feel like my work is having impact. 

Do you foresee staying at Shift? Are you excited for where it’s headed? Definitely. I think we’re going good places. We’re in a good place in that we have a good business plan, and if we can hit our goals, we’re going to keep up. Shift seems like a good thing to invest in (as an employee, and also as a financial backer). 

Anything else? We read all of our reviews, customer feedback is taken really seriously. We really do care not just as a sense of high-level product decisions. It’s not just that. At a granular level, I feel very, very confident that Shift cares about its customers. 

Anything else about being an employee? Some of my friends didn’t grasp the benefits of lunch (free food), apparently that’s a game changer. 

Final thoughts? We really want to keep growing our data science team, and the ability to learn is important. Shift is a good place for that to happen. There’s a lot to do, a lot of really cool problems that we get to tackle, and really good leadership. There’s two senior data scientists with mentorship experience, they want to help the rest of the team grow.

Happy International Women’s Day 2019

Happy International Women’s Day! This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter. As a company in a male-heavy industry, we recognize and support the need for gender parity and equal representation.

In honor of today, we’d like to honor 5 women that have left an indelible mark on the automotive industry with their intelligence, drive, and talent. Ladies, we salute you.

Danica Patrick

We can’t talk about notable automotive women without the incomparable Danica Patrick! She has earned her place in history as the most successful female racer ever. Her incredible drive resulted in not only the first Indy 500 win for a female ever, but also the most top ten finishes for a female driver in Nascar’s Sprint Series.

Bertha Benz

Bertha Benz completed the first long-distance car journey in history, all without her husband’s knowledge. She made the 66-mile trip from Mannheim to Pforzheim in 1888 in her husband’s patented motor car, which helped Benz market and sell their first models. Her trip proved the reliability of their invention and contributed to substantial improvements to the patent. Bertha’s contributions helped changed automobiles from a fascination to an industry.

Denise McCluggage

Denise McCluggage was a race car driver, journalist, photographer, and author. Her persistence and pioneering spirit helped her forge ahead in the struggle for equality for women. She moved to New York for her journalism career but found herself drawn to professional car racing. Five years later, she became the first female driver to win the feature sports-car event at Thompson Raceway in Connecticut.

June McCarroll

After narrowly avoiding a nearly fatal incident involving an oncoming truck that was unwilling to share the road, this former nurse and physician was inspired. She decided to paint lines on the black top, separating the lanes of oncoming traffic. The Riverside Country Board rejected the idea, but June carried on undeterred. Doctor McCarroll decided to take matters into her own hands and personally painted the first white stripe on today’s Indio Boulevard in 1917.

Damsels of Design

Our final spotlight highlights a group of women that changed automotive design and rethought the way cars looked and operated.

Throughout the 1940s, Harley J. Earl began hiring female automotive designers from some of the best design schools in the country – including Pratt Institute’s industrial design program, but the hirings weren’t publicized until the 1950s. The first 10 designers that were publicly acknowledged were dubbed GM’s “Damsels of Design,” with 6 of them being tagged specifically for GM’s auto division. These innovators introduced features that are still used today, such as the retractable seat belt, glove compartments, light-up mirrors, and child safety locks.

Here are a few names to look up: Suzanne Vanderbilt, Ruth Glennie, Marjorie Ford Pohlman, Harley Earl, Jeanette Linder, Sandra Logyear, and Peggy Sauer.

We at Shift tip our hats to all of the women that have fought, sacrificed, and innovated within the automotive industry. Their contributions continue to shape our lives. Thank you, ladies!

Interesting in disrupting the car industry and creating a better more inclusive way to buy a car? Join us! We are always looking for talented individuals to be a part of our growing team.

https://shift.cr/jobs