I was really honored to see Phil Windley’s post tonight in which he called me “one of the good guys.” Phil, the feeling is definitely mutual. Phil has that rare mix of humility and expert knowledge that I wish all technologists I work with had. I’m looking forward to reading his Digital Identity book when it comes out. Phil closes his post by saying: I hope he enjoys the new gig. Well, I already am enjoying it!
My previously-former-InfoWorld-and-now-Yahoo-colleague Matt McAlister did a good job describing the first day of orientation already, so I won’t go into that here too much except to say that everyone I met made me feel very at home. I’ve been in high-growth environments where rapid hiring was used as an excuse to handle things sloppily, but I experienced none of that in my first day yesterday — everything ran smoothly. I haven’t even had any parking problems, so I haven’t availed myself of the complimentary valet parking yet, either. I am a member of the Cult of Diet Coke (no coffee for me) so I have been pumping myself full of the free fountain Diet Coke in the cafeteria. I was able to have lunch today with my good friend and fellow Yahoo! employee John Allspaw, which was the icing on the cake on a day where my brain just started to feel the sweet overload of Really Interesting Stuff.
There’s a lot going on here, and I can’t wait to get even deeper into it.