I have made the move. Starting Monday I'm going to be working at
a social media startup working on connecting people with e-commerce.
It's an interesting change for me, as two years ago I promised myself I
would never work for a social network company. A lot has changed in the
last two years, however, and I thought I would take some time to put it
down in words (for my own benefit as well as yours, illustrious reader).
For the past two years I have worked at
an e-commerce fashion
company that works with small-medium sized fashion designers to sell
vintage-inspired clothing. In the course of my time there, I worked on
various features including Be the Buyer, a program to crowd-source
product acquisition and merchandizing. I led a team to re-architect the
product categories to be based on search indexes, not only making the
process by which new products appear on the site more automated
and robust (before, every product was manually added and sorted in
every category by hand), but allowing us to implement faceted drill-down
on almost every category—customers can easily find in-stock dresses that
are their color, size and price range. In the end, I worked on systems
automation to build new servers in an automated and quick fashion. Hopefully
I had some influence in the long term strategy of organizing code into
separate applications and services.