It’s amazing how quickly time can fly when you are having fun.
Almost fifteen years ago I started working at DealNews as a Junior Developer. I was in my mid 20s, less than two years out of Auburn. I even remember it was mid November because I left my previous job on a Wednesday, went to the Auburn-Georgia Game, then started at DealNews the following Monday. It was just before Black Friday even. I still even remember what that first day was like: I didn’t have SVN access yet and I had to email my code to my boss!
To give you an idea of how long ago this was: when I was hired on at DealNews, I announced it to my friends on my MySpace page and my LiveJournal blog. Neither of which exist anymore.
Fifteen years is a long time in tech, where changing jobs rapidly is the norm and staying in a position for three years can be seen as a serious commitment to a company. But the only constant in the universe is change. Which is why it is definitely very bittersweet for me to announce that I will be leaving DealNews on September 16, 2022.
Even just typing that feels weird, that’s how comfortable I have been.
Over the last fifteen years I have happily stayed with DealNews, because I enjoyed the work! I was learning a lot and progressing up the ladder to the level of team leader, and I definitely enjoyed the people I worked with. I was privileged to work on one of the best teams with some of the most exceptional people I have ever encountered. Folks like Brian Moon and Daniel Beckham (who are two of the most intelligent people I have ever met), Keith Ford, Chris Cornelius, Amberly Kline, Jeremey Earle, Nick Roth, and Sawyer Green, among many others, became like part of my extended family.