Monday, August 20, 2012

Why I Left Wayfair

As many of you know by now, I recently accepted an offer to work on the web performance team at Etsy, and my last day at Wayfair was August 17th.  I'm taking this week off, and then heading down to Brooklyn to start the new job on Monday the 27th.  I'll be in Brooklyn until the end of September, and then working remotely from Boston for the most part after that.

I was going to write a long post about my decision to leave and the factors that went into it, but then I saw this Zen Pencils comic illustrating a Mark Twain quote, which I think sums it up well (minus the shouting boss part, that never happened, and my boss was awesome :-)):



In short, I see moving to Etsy as a great opportunity to work with amazing engineers on a product that is changing the world for the better.

I loved my time at Wayfair, and I will have friends from there for the rest of my life.  I learned a huge amount in the last four years, and I think it was the perfect place to start my career.  At the end of the day it just felt like the right time to sail away from the safe harbor and explore something new.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Northeast PHP Recap

Last weekend I spoke at Northeast PHP, a conference in Boston that was held for the first time this year.  It was a really fun time, and both days were packed with talks.  I appreciate all of the feedback I got on my presentation, and I had a lot of fun meeting everyone at the conference.

Michael Bourque and his team put on an awesome event, using their Boston PHP Meetup organizer skills to make sure that everything went off without a hitch.  The Microsoft NERD Center is always a great venue, and the fact that Microsoft provided it for free helped keep the cost of the conference extremely low (only $99!).

Wayfair was also a gold sponsor, which meant that we provided the t-shirts and paid for the Saturday night event (apps + beer at The Meadhall).  We ended up sending around 15 engineers to the conference, and everyone got a lot out of it.  Most of the speakers have posted their slides, so check out some of the talks that we really enjoyed:


Thanks to Michael, Matt, Heather, and everyone else for organizing the conference.  Hopefully I can participate again next year!