Probably the most significant constant in the entire history of this blog has been where I have spent several hours of my day each work-day. For a great many years, I have been an employee of Cisco Inc. As of the 19th of this month, that will end.
Since last Winter Carbon Five has hosted a fortnightly “hack night.” Through the winter and spring they saw me struggle and batter my way through the rewrite of my LatinVerb library and my metaprogramming presentation. Ultimately this co-working session facilitated a relationship which is about to turn into a working relationship. Here are the things I like about them:
- Management: Friendly but clearly with a sense of standards and high expectations but with great trust in the developers to do what’s right, well
- Staff: Excited, energetic, motivated, funny on Twitter
- Size: Forty-ish or souls with whom I can have actual relationships
- Standardized hours (exceptions allowed)
- Fancy coffee machine that scares me
- Developer-sensitive culture: don’t burn out, do good work on good equipment in a nice place
- Agile Methodologies: Paired programming (flexibly), User Stories
- Client Engatement: I’ve never worked whith a money-paying customer, I think that’s an experience to have!
- Technology: The team there is trying out new ideas and tools all the time.
- Proximity: They’re a 3 block walk from my home. Granted, two of those are SoMa wide north-east/south-west blocks, but it beats the heck out of driving or taking the train anywhere. They’re also surrounded by several gyms so I can get some fitness work in.
- Type of Work
- Application development (including “heavy lifting” of the back end)
- Startup / Idea bootstrapping
When the door opened, I felt that the time was right for me to make a change.
I will miss my friends and contacts from Cisco terribly. The people at Cisco and my experiences there defined many of my friends and many years of great memories. Nevertheless I am so excited about my future with Carbon Five. I find so much peace in Ovid these days that I’ll repeat the quote I gave in my “sign off” email:
“As pliable wax, stamped with new designs, it is no longer what it was; does not keep the same form; but is still one and the same;”