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May 11, 2013 1:52pm

week 1,851: week one

I started my new gig this week, chief-technology-officering for Code For America. People have said nice things on Twitter, and I feel deeply welcomed.

I’ll write more about the actual thing soon, but for now I’m just basking in the weirdness of being in an office again. I have a desk and a calendar and colleagues and blooming, buzzing confusion. The code I’ve written this week is more angry, productive birds than TileStache or Extractotron, and that’s a funny feeling. There’s a shower at work, so I can ride my bike in and not offend people. The office is in SOMA, so I’ve started bringing my lunch. No one knew me when I was 25 (well, almost) and the organization is young, so the potential feels sky-high.

Soon, I will wear my new track jacket:

I’ve known Jen, Abhi, Meghan and the CfA team for many years, but I also spent most of April doing a big, serious grown-up job search. This was an entirely new experience for me, and very educational. I learned that recruiting is a real job for actual smart people at companies looking for talent, and that some people are mediocre at it while others are amazing. I learned that I enjoy technical interviews, the ones with whiteboards or pair-coding machines and one hour to solve a technical problem. Every single one that I did was fun, as long as I remembered to narrate my process and say “I don’t actually know what I’m doing here” where appropriate. I talked to some of the smartest, most interesting people I’ve ever dealt with and got to spend a whole month playing what-if with a variety of employers. I don’t know if this kind of abundance is something I’ll ever experience again, so I tried to savor it as much as possible.

Comments (1)

  1. Just came on my radar that this is what you're up to now. So awesome! Code For America is lucky to have you.

    Posted by Amenity on Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:17am PDT

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