Fixing Fixit Week – Color

April 4, 2018

Last week was Fixit Week again at Color — one of our favorite times of the year. More than 30 designers, engineers, clinical lab specialists, and product managers hit pause on our normal week-to-week projects so we could initiate and pursue self-directed projects, with a... Read More

How do you set a bioinformatics speed record? – Color

March 30, 2018

One of the least appreciated aspects of modern software infrastructure is the sheer volume of processing and computation that are required to satisfy even the most ordinary search queries. 15 years ago this month, when Google published a high-level overview of its architecture,... Read More

Engineering a Modern Genetics Company – Color

October 17, 2017

Color’s mission is to democratize access to genetic testing. In order to achieve this, running a cost efficient and scalable service is crucial. From day one, Color was built as a software-driven company, with engineers working side-by-side with all functional teams to... Read More

Fixing things up in Color Engineering – Color

September 1, 2017

Many startups are familiar with the idea of Hack Days and Hack Weeks. We’ve had a few successful ones over the years at Color. Fixit Weeks are less common, but just as important! Even the best engineering teams gradually accumulate tech debt over time that needs to be... Read More

Channeling The Hacker Way – Color

November 30, 2016

We have big dreams and ambitious plans. We want to push the state of the art in health and genetics, and we need broad, crazy moonshot product ideas to get us there. How do we find those ideas? We’ve always been inspired by 20% time at Google and 3M as well as hack weeks... Read More