A new gig for me

Monday 12 December 2005

After four-plus years at Kubi Software, I will soon be leaving for a new job. Antonio Rodriguez got in touch with me, and convinced me that his startup would be really interesting. I'll be joining his small team building consumer-oriented online applications, which is very different from my current work building installable enterprise software. As I told him,

I already know all the ways enterprise software sucks. Now I'll get to find out all the ways consumer software sucks!

Seriously though, I'm very excited to be moving into a new technical area, working in Python, and using Django. We're going to build cool things. I can't wait to get started.

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David Pitkin 10:23 PM on 12 Dec 2005

Good Luck! I think it is cool that you're using django in the company but Antonio's blog is running Typo which is a Rails app.

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Jacob Kaplan-Moss 11:09 PM on 12 Dec 2005

Congratulations!

I've excited to read you're going to be using Django; I've been reading your blog for some time now, so I'm glad I get to give something in return (in a roundabout way, anyway). I'll be watching to see what you guys build with Django.

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Ned Batchelder 11:17 PM on 12 Dec 2005

Thanks, I'm looking forward to joining the Django party...

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Nate 11:48 PM on 12 Dec 2005

Congrats! Very cool! Consumer software can be fun, and it's a lot easier to explain to friends and family "it does X, which might actually be of use and interest to you" :)

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Kartik 12:18 AM on 13 Dec 2005

Heartiest Congratulations Ned! I have been a regular reader of your blog. I wish you all the best and look forward to your blogs relating your experiences in the new company.

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Jarno Virtanen 12:25 AM on 13 Dec 2005

We are looking forward to hear intimate war stories on the internals of either Django or Python. ;-)

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zgoda 4:04 AM on 13 Dec 2005

I am in the very same situation: after 4+ years of work in large financial company's software house, I got the proposition to join small team working (also using Django) on some portal. I remember the heat of 1999 and I cann't decide, should I quit my current job (which gives me headaches, but also quite good amount of money) and join this startup, which is cleanly "Web 2.0 company". Not quite easy, heh.

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Max Ischenko 7:51 AM on 13 Dec 2005

Congrats and best of luck for your venture.

If you'll need new hires feel free to contact me. ;-)

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Nils Jonsson 9:05 AM on 13 Dec 2005

Mazel tov! I wish you the best in your first few days and beyond.

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Carl Tyler 9:49 AM on 13 Dec 2005

Congratulations Ned! hopefuly you'll still find time to post your insightful and fun blog entries!

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Daniel Kirchheimer 11:57 AM on 13 Dec 2005

Onwards and upwards! I don't know nuthin' about no Django (though I play a bit of blues guitar), but I'm sure you'll conquer it and enjoy the process.

See ya!

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Grig Gheorghiu 12:41 PM on 13 Dec 2005

Congrats! Looking forward to reading about your experiences on your blog.

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Kevin 2:06 PM on 13 Dec 2005

There is a massive and somewhat battered vending machine here. The instructions on it read: "Drop coins here to receive fresh batteries."

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Dethe Elza 4:38 PM on 13 Dec 2005

Best wishes with the new gig. It's hard as a parent to jump to a startup (I know from experience), but it can be done successfully. Just keep your perspective.

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Jeff Atwood 6:07 PM on 13 Dec 2005

Good luck-- you'll be a huge asset to whatever company you choose to work for!

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Rich 7:13 PM on 13 Dec 2005

Good Luck Ned.

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DeanG 8:07 PM on 13 Dec 2005

Congratulations! Hopefully your newfound expression will still spill over into blogland.

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bob balaban 8:51 PM on 13 Dec 2005

Good luck! If you get tired of the startup thing we who know you will always welcome you (back) at IBM....
plugh

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Ned Batchelder 12:08 PM on 14 Dec 2005

Thanks, everyone for the good wishes. Of course I intend to keep up the blog (heck, it's what got me the new gig!), but change happens. Part of the fun is seeing what happens...

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Don 8:10 AM on 16 Dec 2005

Congratulations, Ned! I'm an occasional reader of your blog, having been introduced to it through Pete. Let me know if you and Antonio ever need a technology PR/marketing professional.

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