A Long Hiatus

Wow. It’s been more than four years since I wrote anything here. A lot has happened in that time, but before I get to that I want to make a pact for my readers: in the next year, I will write more here than I did since 2013. :smirk: Now let’s get caught up on the big things that have happened since 2013.

I’ll start with professional changes. The two largest changes have been being part of an acquisition and transitioning to a leadership role.

  1. Walk Score was acquired by Redfin in late 2014. As a result, I joined Redfin as a Techincal Lead.
  2. Four months after joining Redfin, I transitioned to a management role and began managing the former Walk Score team. Our team – Local Engineering – was later merged with the Platforms Team, which owns several areas of developer infrastructure and is focused on making engineers at Redfin more efficient. Platforms Team has engineers in Seattle and San Francisco and was recently split into two teams. The union of these teams own most of what Platforms previously owned. The manager of the new team reports to me, and I continue to manage the rest of the team – now called Engineering Efficiency – directly.

Personally, the changes have really all been about kids. My second son was born not too long after my last post before this one. I’m not going to say more about it, but my kids have kept me busy!

Lots of little things fill in the gaps between the big changes that have happened, and those – along with no strong desire to write and irritation at the software previously driving the site – have collaborated to keep me from writing. I’m not sure how active I will be in the long run, but I have more I want to write for now.