Moving to Muv

The family and I spent the Christmas of 2017 at my parent’s house. My mother was working on a Santa puzzle and it was probably about 70% complete. She didn’t really ask me to do this for her (though she didn’t mind), but I jumped in and started putting pieces in place. I was strangely compelled. Puzzles tend to do this to me. I am not sure why. Is it the problem-solving aspect of a puzzle? Is it the joy of turning chaos into order? Is it the satisfaction of understanding the big picture?

Tomorrow I get to work on a new puzzle, though of a different kind. I am joining Muv and will be their Director of Software Development. I report to the CEO (Mark) and am responsible for the technical health and direction of the company. Though I am no stranger to being in positions of technical leadership as lead, manager, architect, or principal, this will be my first to take on that kind of role alone.

I am very excited. I recently talked about a few things that I value, all of which I think I will be able to get at Muv, at least to some degree. But the thing that excites me the most is to take total ownership of the technology. I’ve thought numerous times that it would be fun to be in this kind of position, but that is not where things were generally headed for me career-wise, and it is not something that I would have gone looking for. At least I wasn’t planning on looking for that in this job search. But now that I will be in that position, I am genuinely stoked. And that’s not even a word I use very often. Sometimes my own emotions surprise me.

I had some really great conversations with some other companies about possible positions. I don’t know if it is cool to actually mention names here, so I won’t. But you know who you are, and I really appreciate the time and consideration that you gave me. This was not an easy decision for me.

I would also like to give a big thanks to David Penton, who introduced me to Mark and Muv. Dude, thanks. Seriously.

And finally, I have to admit that I am going to miss working with the folks at One Technologies. I made some great friends and worked with some fine people. I got to work with some people that I had only mostly only known through Twitter before, like Brett and Matt, I got to work with a bunch of old coworkers from Match, and I got to meet a bunch of new people. Code was written, meetings were held, arguments were had, CVS and Specs runs were made, friendships were forged. Good times.

But now it is time for me to move on. I am excited. Have I mentioned that yet?

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