About a month and a half ago, I left Amazon.com. It was a tough decision but primarily based in opportunity and ownership for me. Things at Amazon were going well, as well as anyone can say working at Amazon goes, but I hungered for a challenge.

I didn’t start looking around very feverishly&em;I would have been perfectly happy sticking around where I was&em;but I thought it prudent to keep my eyes out. Around this time, a recruiter from Google contacted me, and I started an interview process with them. Out of respect to their wishes I won’t talk much about that. I didn’t end up at Google anyway.

Around the same time I was interviewing with Google, I stumbled across Hired. Hired is seriously cool. Basically, you log in and sign your life away to them (okay, not your life, just your social media & LinkedIn accounts for their trawling purposes), and they match you up with employers, who get to try and sell their company to you. That’s a nice changeup from the typical neurosis of trying to impress an employer throughout a five-week interview process.

With Hired I received hits from a number of small companies, but one in particular got my attention: Loup. Loup is a cool little startup. We, like a number of other companies, are trying to get our slice of the transportation pie that companies like Lyft and Uber are gobbling up, while trying to define new market possibilities.

I am the official “Senior Mobile Engineer” for the company, and that’s meant a lot of responsibility and a lot of work. I’m loving it. I’m wholly responsible for shipping apps and get complete control over the architecture and implementation. It’s a huge challenge, and one in which I’m learning every second.

One of the perks that comes with working, well, anywhere but Amazon, is I get to release and work on open source projects, and personal closed source projects! That really excites me. While I love working with other passionate people, I want to get to a point in my life where I can develop software independently for a living. It will be a long struggle, but the first step is to have an idea and to start executing.

The entity under which I’ll be developing software for independent release is called CommandShift Labs. I’ve had the name up my sleeve for some time, and I’m so excited to start working under its shadow. Check out the CommandShift Labs Blog for updates on what I’m doing over there.

Here’s to hoping I start writing more; I’m enjoying getting to let my thoughts spill out, even if not a soul reads them.

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