A chat with ModCloth CTO Udi Nir -Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A chat with ModCloth CTO Udi Nir

ModCloth Chief Technology Officer Udi Nir finds himself in the company’s Pittsburgh office every four to eight weeks. He was here this week, and I got a chance to catch up with him and talk about the company’s growth.

Half of the ModCloth’s engineering talent is in Pittsburgh, hence Nir’s regular visits from the firm’s San Francisco headquarters.

Right now, the online clothing retailer has 17 engineering positions listed on its website across the Pittsburgh and San Francisco offices. Nir says the engineering team is part of what the company calls its “experience organization.” This means there are smaller teams of 10 to 12 people consisting of engineers, product managers, designers and others that all needed to create the user experience coming to define ModCloth.

Each of these teams focuses on a different portion of the business. In Pittsburgh, the experience teams work on checkout and buying functions, as well as systems for the 198,000-square-foot fulfillment center. In 2011, the company consolidated its Pittsburgh offices and fulfillment center to a single location in Crafton. At that time, the company was taking 100,000 square feet of the facility and it had 130 local employees.

As the company grows — it has a total of 450 people, with 268 here — Nir is cultivating an engineering culture of craftsmanship. Engineers at ModCloth care about writing good code, he said...Read more»

By: Malia Spencer