Bigger and Better Things

I’m not sure what it is with us… you’d think we would have learned our lesson the first time. Almost exactly a year ago, Elisabeth and I did something I would never recommend to anyone. We made three major life changes in the course of a month or so – we got married, I took a new job, and we moved to a new city. Individually, none of those are too bad, but all at once they make for a lot of unnecessary stress. Well it looks like we’re at it again (except for the married part)…

Moving to Portland

Neither Elisabeth nor I have fully adjusted to the way of life in San Francisco (we currently live in SoMa, right next to downtown). I’m sure we could find something quieter in other parts of the bay area, but for us it’s still not the same. I’ve found that I click much better with the Portland Tech scene personality-wise, and it’s really hard to beat the beautiful scenery of the Pacific northwest, so we’ll be moving to Portland at the end of next month. We have many new and old friends in the Portland area, and are terribly excited to reconnect with a few in particular and get grounded in a good church home. While I fully expect for my work to remain relatively fast paced, we’re just looking to slow down some of the other aspects of our life.

New Work

I am also in the process of looking for new work, starting immediately. As you can read in the official announcement, Vidoop was forced to layoff a considerable portion of the staff, myself included. Times are tough right now, and they’re doing what they need to do in order for the company to weather this current economic storm. Vidoop really was a dream job for me, in every sense of the term, and I will miss working alongside a bunch of really talented developers. Hopefully our move to Portland will mean I’ll have the chance to work with some of them again in the future.

At this point, I’m not entirely sure where I’ll end up after this. Ideally, I’d like to stay in the identity space, continuing to work on technologies like SAML, OpenID, OAuth, XRD, etc. That’s where both my interest and experience lie, and where I’d be most effective… I still have a lot I’d like to offer to that space. I do have a couple of opportunities I’m pursuing right now, but I’m also curious to see what else might be out there. I’ve posted an updated resume in case any one out there has my next dream job waiting for me, either on a full-time or contract basis.

And if you’ve got opportunities for some other awesome Portland-based developers, let me know. I know their expertise includes PHP, Python, Django, jQuery, C/C++/C#, PostreSQL and probably a bunch of other languages and technologies. We’ve setup an internal mailing list so if you’ve got a position or two open, please let me know and I’ll pass them along.

Comments and responses

Although I’m terribly sorry to hear about Vidoop, I couldn’t be more happy to hear about you guys moving up to Portland.

If there is anything I can do to help make the transition easier, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Well, it’s been an interesting year, to say the least! Worse things certainly could have happened, and I think if all this results in you moving up to Portland to work on bigger and better things, net-net, I’d say we still are ending up ahead of the game.

I expect things to only get more interested in the DiSo Project (in one form or another), so I hope that I can still expect your contributions in one form or another to the open, social stack!

And, I imagine I’ll be visiting you guys before long as well. The draw of Portland is only getting stronger.

I <3 the Pacific Northwest. I lived in Seattle for 3 years and, despite being in SF for almost that long, consider Seattle home. Good luck with your new ventures!
@Chris: Well if there are two technologies the Portland tech community really love, it’s WordPress and OpenID, so I should feel right at home. I have no doubt I’ll continue working on DiSo from there in some capacity. Ideally, as part of a full time job. Otherwise, as a side project, which is how it all started with all of us anyway.
@Stephen: yeah, you’d think so wouldn’t you :) Both of the opportunities I’m currently pursuing are remote anyway, so it won’t matter where we live. And the cost of living in San Francisco is just killing us. But generally, yeah… it should probably be done the other way around.
Good luck Will, knowing you, you will turn this moment into an opportunity once the stress dies down a bit. Let me know if I can help in anyway - even though I’m in the other direction from Portland :)
Best of luck Will - I’ve still never been up to Portland but I only hear good things. There’s obviously a lot going on in “your” space, so I’m sure you’ll get something sorted out soon!

You could try JanRain, I only know they do identity stuff and they are in Portland: http://www.janrain.com/company/careers Their site says they are always looking for good people, and you’re good people, so there you go.

Also: What Rick said.