26

Jan

When Do Students Apply for Jobs?

Over at FirstMark, we’re running an internship program called FirstMark Elite that connects the best undergraduate and graduate computer science students with summer internships at some of the most exciting startups in the world.

We have received an incredible response from colleges all over the country. I know because I receive an email each and every time a student applies for the program. Over the past few months, I have noticed a distinct pattern in the days and time that we receive applications. So, as part of the “data exhaust” of running FirstMark Elite, here is an overview of “when students apply for jobs”. Presumably, these are also graphs of “when students aren’t eating or having fun.”

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09

Jan

CPM and Price of a Super Bowl Ad Over Time

Yesterday the New York Times reported that the average price for a Super Bowl ad was between $3.7 million and $3.8 million this year. Here is the average price of a Super Bowl spot over time, adjusted for inflation:

CPM represents the cost for every thousand viewers. The ratings for each game are from Zap2It. I found historical price data on Wikipedia, although I do not completely trust the numbers; I edited what appears to be an overly precipitous price drop after the dot com bubble burst. That said, others have been through this exercise before and the graphs look quite similar, so I believe the data are approximately correct.