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Careers at Equilar

Why Equilar? 

Equilar is growing rapidly and looking for exceptional talent to join our team and drive our business to the next level.  As we enter new markets, new career opportunities become available every day.  You will be given opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges that few other companies can match. 

We encourage you to explore this career site and learn as much as you can about us!  Click on the links at the top of this page to learn more about Equilar and read below for a full description of what we do and how we do it.

What We Do

"We're entering a world where data may be more important than software." - Tim O'Reilly

Equilar is dedicated to the idea that better leaders make better companies. We help leaders and companies improve by providing information and tools that strengthen corporate governance, enable broader and deeper board searches, and build bridges between people at the top. 

Based in Redwood City, California, Equilar’s award-winning suite of online databases is the first choice of companies seeking corporate governance and executive networking solutions. Equilar’s clients include leading human-capital consulting firms, over 1,100 publicly traded corporations (including over half of the Fortune 500), law firms, private-equity investors, search firms, executive associations, and individual executives. These clients all rely on Equilar to provide insight into the top leadership of corporate America.

Equilar’s work is featured regularly in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, on CNBC, and in other leading media outlets.

How We Do It

Leading Data.  Driving Decisions.

We are passionate about solving problems with world class data solutions.  We were a "Big Data" company before data became big, recognizing the value of data buried in SEC filings when the EDGAR system became available in the late 1990s.  Equilar was founded in 2000 to make the data in these documents easy to analyze.  We provide value by performing 3 main operations:

1. Extract. How do you capture all of the relevant data out there in a cost effective yet highly accurate manner?

Automation. We leverage the latest techniques to capture electronic information from SEC filings and forms.  We use state-of-the-art technologies and employ machine learning, natural language processing, and other cutting-edge tools to help us capture the information that our clients seek.

Curation. We recognize that machines can only go so far.  At the end of the day, having lots of data is of little value unless you can deliver it with the highest quality.  We invest tremendous resources in developing proprietary research tools to help in the curation process.  Through our highly refined cleansing and normalization processes, we significantly increase the value of the raw data and package it in a manner that’s highly relevant for our clients. 


2. Analyze. Once we have a large, clean dataset, that’s when the fun begins.  What are the interesting trends that we see with this data?  What are the business implications, both good and bad, of these trends?  How can we best serve our clients with this unique information and improve company performance?  Who would benefit most from access to this information? 

With our unique role in the marketplace (independent, neutral, and trusted market leader), we are in an enviable position to identify patterns and trends in the marketplace well ahead of others around us.  In the words of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, “Skate to where the puck is going, not where it’s been.”  We take feedback and knowledge to introduce state-of-the-art products and solutions well ahead of any of our competitors.


3. Present. Now that we’ve identified an interesting trend, how do we communicate it to our clients and the broader marketplace in the most elegant manner?  How can we incorporate graphics and images to present these trends in an impactful, visual way?  What distribution mediums and media channels should we be working with to help get the message out to the target audience?  How can we incorporate the latest online marketing techniques and social media tools to help create awareness and ultimately improve corporate governance in America and throughout the world? 

In Summary

Our clients put tremendous value in the ability to quickly access relevant analyses to make informed, intelligent decisions.  We spend quite a bit of time making sure that our finished product is of world class quality.  And, when you take a step back and realize that we work with over 75% of the Fortune 100 and are regularly contacted by major media organizations like Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNBC, we think we’re a pretty unique “Big Data” play for a 100 person company in a non-descript building in downtown Redwood City.

Join us, grow with us, and we’ll help take your career to the next level!