Surfing at lunchtime? Employees at The Trade Desk’s Ventura, California headquarters do it on a regular basis. Still in the gritty startup phase, the demand-side programmatic company manages to balance a culture of ambition with that of a typical California surf town. Yes, Ventura employees do barbeque on the beach together on weekends, but they also put in long hours at their open office work stations. “If you want to work with smart people that are passionate about what they’re doing,” says senior product manager Gruia Pitigoi-Aron, “The Trade Desk is the place.”
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