The officialannouncements are out, and my former employer Metaweb no longer exists. I’m happy that the ideas, and most of the people, have found a home, but it feels strange that the company is no longer a distinct entity. In many ways it makes a lot of sense for Google to end up owning them, and I hope the former-Metaweb-now-Google employees prosper. [more...]
My new job is software engineering (shocking, I know) at Snaptic, a small startup in downtown SF doing mobile application and platform development. It has a web component, which is what I’m starting out on; there are also some opportunities for semantic data work that I’m hoping to take advantage of. [more...]
If you’re looking for a better job, writing an amazing resume is a good place to start. I don’t mean just a better resume; I mean a resume that makes people stop asking if they should hire you and start asking if they can afford you.
Despite having worked at Metaweb for almost a year, and despite my OCD tendencies, I had avoided getting sucked in by the allure of correcting/completing/entering data in Freebase, the web frontend to our attempt at structuring all the world’s information. I had avoided it until today, that is. [more...]
Today was my first day at my new job, and it was good. Very strange, somehow unreal. That has nothing to do with Metaweb per se, and everything to do with my long tenure at Nimblefish. Almost five years there made it seem like the canonical work environment, so that a different environment seems to lack solidity.
It’s good to be there. It’s good to change it up, but more than that, I think that Metaweb is a really good environment for me. [more...]
After almost five years, I am no longer working at Nimblefish. I started freelancing at Nimblefish on Tuesday 09 September 2002, so that’s four years and eight months there. I was at their current offices in downtown San Francisco from when they moved in there, and was full-time there for four years and five months. It’s difficult for me to believe that I was there that long, and difficult to believe that I’m no longer there. [more...]
I don’t write about work too often, but I’ve really been enjoying what I’ve been working on for the last few weeks. I’m writing the specification for how our system should handle turning standard HTML files into files that handle the variability delivered by our backend. [more...]