Two years ago I had the opportunity to become a part of OmniTI, where I have learned more than I imagined possible. I learned about how serious software engineering is done. I learned about scalability, and redundancy. I learned how to deploy web apps in environments where there’s no tolerance for failure, as well as how to deal gracefully with that failure when it happens.
Now, I have the opportunity to learn something new.
At the beginning of November, I will be joining the team at SourceForge, where I will be the (tentatively titled) Community Growth Hacker. I’ll be working with tens of thousands of Open Source communities, spanning many technologies, licenses, and nations, and helping them be successful.
I wrote yesterday about the many definitions of success. I expect that conversation to continue for years to come.
In my office, I have the center panel of this Dilbert comic strip. I’ve long since forgotten the remainder of the strip. That, in combination with listening to a speech by Steve Jobs late last week, gave me the little extra nudge I needed to take this risk. It’s a big change in what I’m doing 9-to-5, but it’s in line with where my passions have been for the last 15 years.
I have a lot to learn, and I welcome this exciting opportunity to learn from thousands of talented people, and hope to share with them some of my experience from the last decade in Open Source. I think I might have a few things to teach, but I know I have much still to learn.