A little more than 7 years ago today, I was at a park in Aliso Viejo with my then 2-year old son when @dan_portillo called. Mozilla was looking for a Network Engineer.
A little more than 7 years ago today I was interviewing in Mountain View. I carried a cell phone that could only make phone calls.
7 years ago today I walked into Mozilla’s Landings office and configured my own Thinkpad laptop by myself (we didn’t have Desktop Support).
Two weeks later Mozilla’s company-wide All Hands fit in the back of Tied House. Two months later I moved my wife and two babies from Orange County to Northern California.
Along the way I bought a house and called this home.
7 Years of Change
I’ve gone through 3 CEOs & 3 bosses. My team’s grown from 3 to 80. I manage an IT Operations team. I’m learning how to lead, how to lean into my strengths.
I’ve learned to delegate, to trust, to let go. And I’ve been surprised and impressed at every step by the caliber of people who chose to surround me.
I now have
co-workers friends whose first names I don’t know and who I’ve only met in person less than a handful of times.
Before Mozilla I had only traveled internationally once. For my honeymoon.
I’ve been to Argentina (pictures) & China twice. Stepped foot in Peru. Been to Whistler twice. I’ve seen a bear eat out of a trash can and stood on top of a mountain in July. While it snowed.
I’ve been to Berlin, Switzerland, Amsterdam, Vancouver. Lost count how many times I’ve been to Toronto, to London, to Paris.
I traveled to Nice and stayed with a fellow Mozillian. Half my twitter stream is in Spanish. My arguably best friend lives 8500 miles away.
Along the way I lost my passport.
7 years ago my first smartphone was a Palm Treo running Windows. I now carry three phones & a tablet and saw the future I want last year as Mozilla shifted to Firefox OS. I have — and want — the web in my pocket.
7 Years of Personal Change
My 9 month old daughter is now 7 (or 13, it’s really hard to tell). My son knows how to find my name in about:credits.
I’m deeply focused on being an advocate for Mozilla Webmakers. I care about eliminating the opportunity gap through Year Up. I’ve learned that a mission with purpose means more than profit.
7 years ago I was a shy introvert. I still am but you probably wouldn’t know it. 7 years ago I was a Windows user.
I’ve become a San Francisco Giants fan & saw my team win the World Series. Twice.
In the past 7 years I’ve made friends.
Along the way I learned that without music life would be a waste.
Celebrating 7 Years
I don’t want any gold watch.
I want to do the same thing I’ve done every day for the past 7 years. I’m going to go to work.
I’m going to go and work with people who make Mozilla not just a job, who have made this my home for 7 years, and who are as passionate about Mozilla & the Open Web as I am.