Driving e-commerce through innovation

ZipfWorks (zif'works) is an ecommerce incubator. In an age of continuous disruption driven by technology, we find opportunities to build connected, forward-thinking digital ecosystems that connect shoppers, influencers, and brands in exciting new ways.

What we do

At ZipfWorks, we see exciting changes in the way people find, research, and purchase products. Improvements in hardware, software, and machine learning are reshaping the landscape upon which commerce happens. With disruption, comes opportunity, and this is where we play.

Our founder previously lead the innovation group at Yahoo where he launched one of the world's first mobile social networks as well as one of the first live video streaming communities (yes way before Periscope). At ZipfWorks, we apply his agile innovation model to the world of e-commerce, predicting changes in consumer behavior, then rapidly prototyping, testing, and scaling organic, community-based services that make everyday tasks easier and more productive.

In particular, we focus on influencers and emerging brands, helping them connect with each other and with end consumers through our network of innovative shopping ecosystems.

Our apps & platforms

ZipfCommerce is our core technology platform, enabling us to monetize, track, and optimize our network of shopping applications. ZipfCommerce is a big data platform built in Scala on top of MongoDB and Elasticsearch, providing RESTful access to up-to-date merchandising information on over 2MM products and 1MM offers from over 60,000 e-commerce stores and brands.
Dealspotr is a crowdsourcing platform aimed at providing the world's most delightful deal discovery experience. We've built an advanced platform that incentivizes sharing and curation of deals, enabling us to filter through tens of thousands of coupons and offers offered by thousands of brands everyday to offer our users only the best, most accurate, and most compelling deals.
StyleSpotter is a powerful discovery tool for fashion. Built on an advanced platform that crawls and understands the latest colors, sizes, availability, pricing, and coupons on millions of fashion items from thousands of brands, StyleSpotter takes the pain out of shopping for fashion online.
Productli.st is a social discussion platform for sharing, debating, and monetizing product recommendations in the form of lists. We're tapping into the popularity of the "top 10 list" format to create an optimized discussion experience which makes it fun and rewarding to share your opinions and product advice in the form of collaborative lists. Productli.st is in the ideation phase as an internal prototype.

Brands we work with

We work with over 20,000 retailers, helping them connect with customers through our network of high engagement shopping applications. To partner with us, connect with us through Conversant, Rakuten, Pepperjam, or inquire about a direct partnership at partnerships@zipfworks.com.

Our team

Michael Quoc

Founder and CEO
After spending a decade building and leading product teams in the Silicon Valley, Michael Quoc founded ZipfWorks to apply innovative, experimental product design methodologies to e-commerce. Michael previously served as a Director of Product Management at Yahoo, where he pioneered the company's agile product development methodology. During his career, Michael has launched a range of innovative consumer digital services and has been assigned nine patents relating to social and mobile applications and technology. Michael graduated from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Brian Stanback

Lead Engineer and Partner
Brian Stanback joined ZipfWorks in 2013 and currently serves as our lead engineer and is a partner in the firm. Brian brings over a decade of experience developing software and leading technical teams, most recently serving as Lead Engineer at Mosaic Sustainability, where he led the software team in architecting and developing an innovative greenhouse gas inventory platform. Brian graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Computer Science.

Kevin Fang

API Software Engineer
Kevin Fang joined ZipfWorks in 2013 and leads our platform engineering efforts. Kevin previously was a software developer at Aerospace Corporation. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Jimmy Doheny

Merchant Marketing Manager
Jimmy Doheny is responsible for developing and growing our relationships with e-commerce brands. Jimmy brings deep experience working with publishers, influencers, and brands, having served in business development roles at adtech firms Connexity and PriceGrabber. Jimmy double majored in Economics and Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Emily Helwig

Influencer Marketing Coordinator
As our Influencer Marketing Coordinator, Emily Helwig is responsible for growing our network of bloggers and lifestyle influencers. Emily also manages our PR and content partnerships, and assists with managing our community platforms. Prior to joining ZipfWOrks, Emily worked in casting for television shows for MTV and The History Channel. Emily graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism. She loves music, hates street parking, and is forever on the hunt for the best soft-serve ice cream in LA.

Jennifer Cho

Assistant Product Manager
As an Assistant Product Manager at ZipfWorks, Jennifer Cho helps with a range of product management and product marketing responsibilities. Jenn works on developing new product features, gaining user insights, organizing our site structure and content, and creating content. Prior to ZipfWorks, Jennifer did influencer marketing at Dietch PR. Jennifer holds a Master's in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Southern California, and a BA in East Asian Studies from Princeton University. Jenn enjoys making films and (over)analyzing any movie she watches. Jenn is allergic to cats, but loves them anyway.

Victoria David

Community Marketing Coordinator
Victoria David oversees our community and content platforms, ensuring our community activity aligns with our key business goals. Victoria manages our content operations team and serves as our contact point with our user community. Prior to joining ZipfWorks, Victoria held PR and marketing roles at the Stanislaus County Fair and HeyTurlock. Victoria holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. When she's not working, Victoria was a competitive swimmer and still enjoys swimming, trying out new restaurants, and checking out concerts.

Dream big. Build big.

Careers at ZipfWorks

At ZipfWorks, we're a team of innovators. We love to build new things. We're driven by the fact that, everyday, we are creating solutions that help millions of people get things done, more productively, more profitably, in more connected ways.

We're located in the premier Water Garden campus in Santa Monica. We offer a full range of benefits, including healthcare, team building, and career development. As a rapidly-growing company that has already reached profitability, we offer great equity packages along with a unique profit-sharing program for employees.

We're hiring. Please see our open positions at Angel.co. Interested in talking? Send a note to Michael Quoc at mike@zipfworks.com, we'd love to hear from you.

1601 Cloverfield Blvd. Suite 1050N
Santa Monica, CA 90404