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I started my search for a new job on September 29 2014, when my employer (IP Street) implemented some organizational changes, and I concluded it was time for me to move on. I accepted an offer on December 22. My search took 12 weeks.

My parameters, and some unease, at the outset

I was still gainfully employed, which paradoxically helps when you’re looking for a new job. The changes that were the proximate cause of my leaving would be implemented in the November — January timeframe, so I wasn’t worried about future unemployment. For IP Street, this was as good a time as any to leave: The product was stable, there wasn’t a big product initiative in progress, and the impending business changes would cause a blip in the company’s pace anyway.

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I talked to a few recruiters in my recently concluded job search. Two of them stood out from the pack…

Kathi Jones, founder of 3DegreesTalent, spent a lot of time working an opening, even after it became clear that the company might not pay her a commission.

I contacted Matt Chung, of West500 Partners, late in my search, when I already had companies in play. He gave me great résumé advice, and displayed a personal touch that is unfortunately less common today.

There are many other fine recruiters in the Seattle area. These two went the extra mile (they had great insights into the local market, etc., etc. — that should go without saying!), and I recommend them if you’re engaged in a software job search here.


I’ve resigned from IP Street. Tomorrow is my last day.

I’ve worked at IP Street since it launched nearly five years ago, and I loved contributing to the company in big and small ways. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve worked with great people.

I’m very proud of the team we built, the product we built, and how we rose to meet every challenge. When you create a product and watch it grow and adapt over time to include features that weren’t even dreamt of when you started, it’s wondrous!

Alas, there’s a season to everything, and now’s the right time to move on to my next career adventure.

Going in to work tomorrow will feel odd.


Jeff Bezos was in the news this week. Our local tech news site, GeekWire, published five posts about him. What are the most important traits of innovators? Have a willingness to fail. Bezos believes that truth shakes out when ideas and perspectives are banged against each other. Think long-term. Etc.

Some of the commentary was a tad critical of his personality. (Not in GeekWire, but elsewhere.) One observation (I don’t remember where I read it) was that he cared only about the business, to the point where he could make “hyperrational” decisions about what’s best for Amazon. Which makes him a great CEO, but maybe not such a great friend. If it’s true.

It got me thinking, not for the first time, that most entrepreneurial advice about starting a business is useless. Even if it comes from other entrepreneurs.

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How do you differentiate delusional vs. visionary?

A person has an idea, everyone says she’s delusional and the idea sucks, it fails, they say I told you so. But if it succeeds, they trip over themselves saying how visionary she was and the idea was brilliant.

The ends should never justify the means. But they often justify the post hoc historical judgement.

This irks me.


Boy, what a roller coaster! Shortly after opening a position for a Senior Devops engineer, we had a funding “event” and now the opening’s gone. What’s worse, I had to lay off one of my developers, right before before the end-of-year holidays. It was stressful for all involved.

We’re doing some interesting things with name relationships at work, and these present fun development challenges. I’m trying to spend as much time as possible in Emacs, because the less-fun work issues always occur when I’m not coding.

I upgraded our codebase to version 3 of Celery, just to get us off version 2. I’m still hankering to replace Celery, but it must have known it was living on borrowed time because it’s been behaving lately, so I’ve decided to fry some bigger fish. But the moment Celery starts acting up again…

I just turned 55. How the hell did that happen?!?

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