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No longer (officially) a MoFo

BEER CAKE!

So in what is probably a rather poorly kept secret I now no longer work for the Mozilla Foundation, in fact my last day was last week but in an attempt to stay ‘offline’ for a little while after that I’m only starting to look at the blogs and that kind of stuff again now.

tl;dr

  • with everything that they’re doing, and everything not work related that I’ll now need to be doing it felt like a good time to go
  • not sure what the future hold yet – but let me know of anything interesting you have (rossbruniges at gmail dot com)
  • mozilla is a great place to work – I’m happy to have done so and hopefully left a good legacy of websites, standards and friends!

But why?!

I was there over 2 years and saw us grow from a team of roughly 15 (possibly not even that) to one that’s now well over 60 – it was quite and growth and it’s now quite a team but when I look at things it was a good time for me to go. At a time when they needed me at my very best I had too many external things happening to also give them what I wanted, a lot of the sites that I made last year were in the process of being re-written and a couple of projects I helped get off the ground are now coming to a close; hopefully I’ve left a good stable launch pad for their next attack on making the next generation of webmakers.

So what have I left behind?

A lot of websites:

including a couple that are now no longer around (mozilla drubmeat) and the ‘old’ (or better sounding version 1.0) of webmaker.org. I also contributed code to Mozilla Labs, mozilla.org and even removed a <blink> from the very first demo-site showing Mozilla Persona!

6937708307_e7c226facdThe fridges are no longer empty

An office that hopefully will continue to hold awesome webdev events (I’ve hosted Djugl and LWS there in recent months), hackdays and Mozilla parties; and one that I’m looking to head back to for epic events soon.

So what’s next?

As of right now I don’t really have any future plans – no new job lined up and I’ve not put too much thought into where I go next; after a long time of work, work work I’m going to re-charge my batteries, get writing again and play around with a few things that I’ve yet to play with and be around for some people who could do with my help right now.

Saying that if you’ve got a cool job going or know of one then I’ve got time to meet up and talk so let me know – rossbruniges at gmail dot com

Speaking opportunities?

Something that has meant that I’ve not done as much of this as I would like is that it always takes me a while to write a talk – but I now have a bit of time, so if you want to hear me talk about things, how things work at Mozilla, working remotely, getting things done or anything else let me know – rossbruniges at gmail dot com.

Is Mozilla still a good place to work at?

YES – and they’re hiring so head over to careers.mozilla.org and see what is there. There are coding jobs but also account manager, project and events manager roles and if you love the web and want to work with other people who do then this is an awesome, challenging but also rewarding place to be. I you want to ask about any of the roles please feel free to get in touch and I’ll see what I can say and try and put you in touch with the right people. But the very best thing you can do is apply – that’s what I did over two years ago and it was a great ride from then on.

They say ‘once Mozilla, always Mozilla’ – and I’m proud to be able to be included in that collective now.

  • Jonathan Watt

    I can’t believe you left while I was away on holiday and missed your goodbye party!! You need to drop by the office so that we can have another party for you when I’m there. :-)

    Enjoy your time off and make sure you get some proper R&R before you start your next adventure. It was a pleasure working at the office with you. Don’t be a stranger, and hopefully our paths will cross again in the future. Cheers, Ross!

  • Zac

    I’ve been swearing profusely to make up for the shortfall.

  • http://dougbelshaw.com/ Doug Belshaw

    It was a privilege to work with you, Ross. All the best for the future and I’m looking forward to our paths crossing again! :-)

  • sole

    … and once Pub Standards, always Pub Standards, eh!?