I am excited to be in Santa Clara this week for company business and for PyCon 2012.
In recent years I have seen a tremendous lift in the size of the Python community and the innovation coming out of it, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. On Sunday I’m giving a “poster” presentation on this very topic; I’ll be engaging with the community here on why a Python-based stack is the right fit for our efforts at my new startup, Happify.
Beyond the obvious energy and creativity coming out of Python, my thesis is that NYC is becoming a center of great Python work in startups. Thanks to open-source frameworks like Brubeck.io, a growing talent pool of xooglers and Bay-area expats, and the sheer number of funded early-stage companies embracing Python (for it’s readability, productivity/fun, and good-enough performance), it is a natural and solid choice for NYC startup efforts. I am jazzed about becoming more involved with the NYC Python scene and contributing wherever I can.
If you are at PyCon, please say hi. I’ll post about my experience here when I am back in NYC.
I gave a talk at Surge 2011 on my experiences scaling with Postgres, EC2 and various other tools across 3 recent startups. The talk was well-received and Surge was a tremendous experience for me. The video is up on the SurgeCon site, here.
Looking back over the few posts on this dusty old blog, I’m amused and chagrined to see that I’ve mostly written about leaving old opportunities to pursue new ones. And here I am writing that post once again. But this year I’ll be writing more here.
I spent 2010/2011 building the technology platform and team at Bookish, and it was an amazing experience. But, for me it came to an end. I miss the team and the irreverent vision we shared, and the inspiration it brought me. As is always the case, ideas are cheap, money is out there and the hardest part is surrounding yourself with the right set of amazing collaborators.
Last year was busy.
- We worked our butts off on Bookish.
- I started the NYC SproutCore meetup and hosted several events.
- I pursued speaking more aggressively, notably at MySQL Conf and Surge.
- I was quoted in the WSJ and featured on GigOM with a headline that included the words “Harsh Mistress.”
- I mentored at SeedCamp NYC and IBM SmartCamp.
- I wrote a bunch of code outside of work and learned some new stacks and tools for the hell of it.
- I got pretty excited about these wind synthesizer patches and wrote some music, soon to be released into the wild I think. I was quoted on the developer’s site.
- I kept off the 15 pounds I lost in March.
- I learned a LOT.
But there are a lot of things I didn’t do. I didn’t play or write enough music. And although I talked about it a lot and was on the scene, I didn’t found a company. Well, not until mid-December, so that doesn’t count.
So in 2012 I’ll do both those things, and write about my experiences here at least 12 times. I hope you’ll read and comment. Happy New Year!