The next 11 days

A bit of travel coming up over the next 11 days:

  • Today I’m flying to NYC to meet a few new members of the Fusion team in person. Tomorrow we have a hack day on the theme of personalization.
  • Friday evening I’m taking the train to Philly for Saturday’s BCNI. I fly back to Portland Saturday evening.
  • Home on Sunday.
  • On Monday, I’m headed to Napa via SF for the VIP workshop. I’m bringing my running shoes.
  • Thursday, I fly to Las Vegas for Loopconf, where I’ll be until Saturday morning.

If our paths intersect, say hello!

On the gear front, I recently picked up a Patagonia Refugio 28L backpack. It passed the test with flying colors on an overnight to SF. One pocket for my laptop, another for clothing, and a third for cables, etc. I can’t underscore how exceedingly awesome it is. Clothing volume-wise, I think it’s going to max out at three night trips unless I pack my reusable undies.

I’m joining Fusion as Director of Engineering

Well, pragmatically, I’ve actually been working for Fusion on a mostly full-time basis since October. However, there have been logistical hurdles to making it official. If all goes well, I’ll be on payroll starting May 4th.

Early last year, I was fired a month before Ava was born, found my dream job, and was laid off a month later (while on my unofficial paternity leave, to boot). It was difficult to stomach the idea of joining another company full-time, so I started my solo consultancy, Hand Built. Through Hong, Fusion became one of my clients and I helped successfully deliver strategic project after strategic project.

I’ve long wanted two opportunities for my career: 1) to write code for an actual media company, and 2) to be able to help foster a work environment I want to be a part of for a long time. Joining Fusion gives me both in spades — to the degree it feels too good to be true. We’re building a distributed team, already represented in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Toronto, Portland and Mumbai. We open source (almost) everything. And we have tremendous freedom to decide what to build and how to build it. Or, as Davis likes to say, “enough rope to hang ourselves.”

Fusion’s technology team is hiring across the board. Come contribute to our success. If the team sounds like it might be a good fit, shoot me a note at my shiny new email address: