Todd Wolfson

Software Engineer

February 17, 2018

It's been a while since I've had a life/career related post so let's catch you up:

  • At the end of February 2018, I launched Find Work
  • There were some sales/partnership prospects but they fell through
  • Continued to develop features as I started a job search
  • By the end of March 2018, I decided to commit to a full-time job search
    • It was hard to context switch between features, processing job listings, and handling interviews/phone screens
  • At this point, I decided to move back to San Francisco and put in my lease cancellation notice
    • It was too exhausting to move to an unfamiliar city again with a chance of not liking it
    • I was open to living in San Francisco, Chicago, or Tokyo
      • San Francisco: Culture is supportive and tech oriented
      • Chicago: Friendly people with great communities and lots of artistic expression
      • Tokyo: Fun and enjoyable people and culture
    • Practically speaking though, San Francisco was the only long term option
      • Tokyo: Uncertain of Japanese working culture and lifestyle permanently
      • Chicago: Winters would become unbearable
    • One trade-off to SF is there's less artistic creativity expressed
  • Up to this point, the job search was moving slowly/frustratingly for a few reasons
    • Being in Portland and flying to onsites in San Francisco, typically means 1 to 2 weeks lead time
    • I was often very relaxed in interviews which meant I didn't fully engage/seem excited despite honestly being so
      • I only got this insight towards the end of my search
  • At the end of April 2018, I left Portland and moved back to San Francisco
  • From late May through late July, I contracted at Verbling, an online language tutor marketplace
  • In late July, I accepted an offer and started full-time at Standard Cyborg, a 3D CAD tool for prosthetics and orthotics
  • I've remained at Standard Cyborg since then (7 months so far) and really enjoy it there

Outside of that, I've been doing a lot less open source; trying to find a work-life balance instead of a work-open source-life balance

As a visualization, here's my most active time period versus now:

2013-01-01 to 2013-12-31:

2013-01-01 visualization

2017-02-17 to 2018-02-17:

2017-02-17 visualization

Anyway, that's all the life/career updates I have for now

We now return to your regularly/irregularly scheduled programming blog posts

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