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.


  1. Best of luck, Jonathan, very mature thinking, even for a Haverford alum ;-), jd

  2. congrats! just posted a comment about torbit and found you blog through another link from another optimization blog. You were/are the guy in the wayfair torbit blog post....now at etsy where I just posted a comment about it. Did not realize that it is either a small world in the optimization space or you are just at the center of if...:)

    1. The web performance community is a relatively small one :-).


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