So, I no longer work for Engadget
Last night, the New York Times broke a story about eight Engadget employees leaving AOL to form their own site with funding from SB Nation. Long story short, I am one of those eight ex-Engadget employees, I’ve been employed with SB Nation since early March, and I couldn’t be more excited for what lies ahead.
Since David Carr’s NYT piece ran last night, the story has made waves across the Internet (all those words are different links [more for my archiving than anything, so don’t feel like you need to read them all]). It’s been surreal, and supremely gratifying, to see a project that I’m involved with garner so much press so quickly. I’m confident we’re going to build an amazing product, and can’t wait to detail my experiences over the Summer and into the Fall when the site will finally launch.
My job title and functions will remain basically what they were at AOL, but the dev team and environment couldn’t be more different. During my time at AOL, Engadget had one developer: me. That was great for job security and winning the Best Looking Developer award two years in a row, but terrible for maintaining a website that needs to evolve quickly and efficiently to keep up with a non-stop news cycle. Don’t get me wrong, the job was both difficult and demanding, but I learned a lot at Engadget and had the good fortune to work with a great group of people. Things are rough at AOL, but I don’t wish ill on any of the people who had the pleasure of working with me.
The opportunity to work at SB Nation, with a large team of talented and dedicated developers, seemed almost too good to be true. Having been a long time member of one of their community blogs, I feel a little like a Cardinal’s fan getting a tour of Busch Stadium, except now I’m one of the players! The new site will be headquartered in NYC, just like Engadget was, but I’ll be spending most of my travel time, at least over the Summer, in D.C., which is where SB Nation has their offices. Honestly, I think I’m beginning to like D.C. more than NYC. It feels more laid back and clean to me, but we’ll see if that feeling lasts all Summer. I hear it gets pretty damn hot there.
I think that’s about all there is to say at this point. I have two other pieces of good news, but I’ll wait a bit to write about them since it’s bad luck to put all your good news into one blog basket.