Jonathan Betz has served as the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Rent the Runway, a members-only online destination for designer dress and accessory rentals, since July 2011. His key areas of responsibility include site personalization and recommendation engines and seeking top talent in the engineer department.
Jonathan has been instrumental in creating a custom shopping experience for each Rent the Runway member using proprietary algorithms rivaling that of Netflix.
Prior to Rent the Runway Jonathan served as Yext’s Vice President of Engineering where he led the development of Yext Rep, Yext Tags and Yext Powerlistings, partnerships with MapQuest and Superpages and grew the engineering team from two to 16 within 18 months. He also led company expansion at Clickable as Senior Director of Engineering from fewer than ten customers to several hundred and developed proprietary recommendation algorithms for SEM optimization. Before Clickable, Jonathan was an engineering manager with Google where he spent five years building new products for web search, AdWords and AdSense and filed eighteen patents related to information extraction and information retrieval on the web, work that continues today in products like Google Squared.
Jonathan holds a BA in Computer Science with a double major in Cognitive Science from Carnegie Mellon University