On Tuesday of this week, OSAF announced a significant restructuring of the organization. OSAF is now moving forward into a new phase of its existence with a smaller team -- a team that I will not be a part of.
I'm extremely proud of my work at OSAF, and what our small team was able to accomplish on Chandler Server in such a short time. However, I had been thinking lately that it might be time to consider other possibilities -- so when the reorg began, I decided OSAF would be better served by letting me go, and keeping people who are tightly focused on the goals of the project.
My life has been incredibly enriched by all of the people I've worked with at OSAF, and I'm proud of the work I've done -- both on Chandler Server, and on the Windmill Web-app testing framework. I will of course be following the progress of Chandler with great interest, and will be offering whatever help or assistance I can to the Chandler developers and community.
I'm sure it won't take long for my fellow former OSAFers to get snapped up by various cool ventures. Bay Area tech companies are likely all salivating at the prospect of these brilliant people now out looking for jobs.
As for me, thanks to a kind introduction from one of those ex-OSAFers, Mike "Bear" Taylor, I am pleasantly surprised to find myself already employed, working on something new and pretty damned exciting. Starting January 16th, I will be working at Seesmic, a startup company doing some very interesting stuff with Web video.
The service is still pre-alpha. (no, I don't have any invitation codes yet :)), and I'll be working on an Ajaxy Web UI for the service. I'll be blogging about the new job as things develop -- it's a startup, I'm hoping and expecting that things will be moving quickly.
Updated: here are some links to the various news items regarding OSAF's reorg:
- Katie's original announcement
- Mitch's blog post
- Scott Rosenburg's thoughtful dissection
- Ghoulish triumphalism from Matt Assay
- Needlessly mean-spirited critique from Hank Williams
- NYT's flat statement of the facts