I joined Medium in March, 2014. During my time there I worked on product features, infrastructure, and trust & safety. I also mentored a few people through their system of skill-specific guilds and through CODE2040. Working at Medium allowed me to grow in so many directions and I will always be grateful for that.
Interestingly enough, it is through Medium how I got introduced to meditation and to say that it was a path altering experience for me would be a big understatement.
I left Medium in September, 2017. I felt the need to re-calibrate.
People at Medium love charts. People show charts during all-hands meetings, they rotate charts on TV screens around the office, they send charts to each other. So at some point Mike and Evan made a nice little internal tool called Charted. After a little while Mike approached me about open sourcing Charted and making it a service. As someone who loves maintaining software I agreed and after a couple months of work we introduced Charted to the world. Charted is still used within Medium and I still maintain its open source version.
I joined Mozilla in September, 2012 to work on the Firefox Developer Tools. I was stepping into an unfamiliar territory: desktop software. While I realized that, at least back then, writing desktop software was not my thing, I met many good people who I now consider to be my close friends. And I still have an enormous amount of respect towards Mozilla, its goals, and its passion.
I left Mozilla in March 2014 to go back to web development at Medium.
15:49 antonkovalyov: i am seriously thinking about forking jslint 15:58 antonkovalyov: paul_irish, do you use any linter for your project? 16:00 paul_irish: antonkovalyov: no 16:00 paul_irish: also. you should start by forking jslint 16:00 paul_irish: honestly there needs to be a proper fork on jslint these days.
It was a good run and I learned a lot from making and running JSHint.
I joined Disqus in November, 2008. If my memory serves me well, back then we had a total of five people, including myself. Needless to say everyone was doing everything. I started as a generalist and, once the company started growing, moved towards being a lead front-end engineer.
Daniel and Jason, the founders of Disqus, made the decision to hire me while I was still living in Uzbekistan. They arranged my visa, paid for my travels (I didn't have much money back then), and let me crash on their couch for the first few months. I always remember their trust in me.
I left Disqus after four years, in September, 2012. I went to Mozilla to explore a world of desktop software.