A New Adventure For A Serial Startup Junkie
Well, now that I've seen the company I will be working at soon has recently been dugg and is also presenting at DEMO 07 within the next couple of days, it seems like a good time to announce that I'm spending my last days as an Acxiom employee and joining a startup called Me.dium.
I feel like I've been in my current position for a long time as most of my tenure here was spent in startup mode until our little but quickly growing company (with a quite a number of name changes through it's history) was eventually acquired by Acxiom last Summer. It's had its ups and downs over the years as all positions do, but overall it's been a positive experience. It does feel a little strange to be moving on, but it is for all of the right reasons. I've been here for just a bit over 4 years now and have seen, experienced, and learned many things, but it's time for a new challenge.
On the contrary, I'm very excited to be joining a very smart group of people at Me.dium in beautiful Boulder, CO as a Java Developer. While I'm certainly used to working on and being responsible for applications on big systems with lots of servers at this point, I'm excited to be extending myself into a whole new area of distributed computing which is something I've had an academic interest in for awhile. On a side note, I actually already worked in part of the same office space many years ago at company called Tesser when I still lived in Boulder.
While I haven't had a chance to meet and get to know the whole team yet, it does seem to have all of the right pieces to possibly grow into something very big. I definitely have plenty to learn and I'm eager for the challenge. At the same time I hopefully have plenty to bring to the team as well. :)
I find that it's kind of difficult to describe Me.dium in a short summary, but there are several other places where you can read about it and do a much better job than I would to explain it:
Demo of Me.dium.com, follow your friends around Web - Scoble interviews Me.dium CEO, Kimbal Musk
If you'd like to check out the software and see what it's all about, use this invite link and you'll automatically be added as my friend when you sign-up and install the software. It's currently Firefox only (and works on any OS that runs Firefox), but it does sound like there is an IE version coming soon. A good part of the power of the product lies in your friends list, so I'd highly recommend inviting some of your friends to check it out once you've signed-up.
While the current version is quite impressive, its only a skeleton of things to come-- I'm very excited to join and be part of the team building this product!
PS-- After being dugg and also getting ready for DEMO, I think they were overwhelmed with traffic just a little bit earlier than they expected, so you might want to give the service a day or two while they finish rolling in more servers.