After working for the same company for over five years it is time to look for a new job.
At my previous job I had the chance to work on seven different projects, some of them with millions of daily active users. I was responsible of designing, implementing and operating backend systems with stability, performance and fault tolerance in mind.
Me and my colleagues were free to choose the technology stack which we thought was the best fit. We could experiment with new things on a regular basis and our technical feedback was valued input for product decisions. I guess this is what you sum up with »ownership«.
It kept the motivation and fun levels high because you wouldn’t be stuck in the same 7 year old code base of generations of start up developers who left years ago, if you know what I mean.
For my next job I’m looking for at least the same level of responsibility and ownership. After ~ 11 years of programming I feel like I’ve gathered quite a bit of experience that I would love to share to help building something new.
Now of course it isn’t particularly hard to find a job in the computer industry. My linkedin account is getting flooded with messages on a daily basis but we all know that doesn’t mean anything. I can’t be bothered with the ideas or concepts of most of these companies or startups out there. Ultimately everybody is trying to create a business but a lot of them are trying to solve problems which almost nobody is having.
If I could choose, I’d prefer to work on something meaningful. I know, we all do, right? I’ve been working in a Free2Play/Casual Gaming company for the past 5 years, so a bit more meaningful than this at least would be nice.
Basically all my jobs of my professional career as a programmer I got through friends or my own efforts, never through headhunters on linkedin and that has worked quite well for me.
This is why I’m writing this little blog post. It might just reach the right person in my expanded social bubble that I would otherwise miss.
So if you need an experienced backend developer, lead developer, consultant, technical manager, architect or CTO for a somewhat interesting project in Berlin, feel free to contact me.
CTO might be a bit much at this point to be honest but I don’t want to rule it out either if the opportunity is right.
I would only consider relocating for a spectacular opportunity.
A brief CV can be found here: http://smyck.net/cv/cv.html
A more elaborate description of what I was doing at my previous job can be found here: http://smyck.net/cv/wooga.html