anyways, enough commentary and on to the results! as most people expected, i interviewed with the big tech companies: microsoft, yahoo and amazon. i also interviewed or chatted with a ton of start-ups (including places like technorati, filangy,
etc.). in the end, i was looking for a very specific mix of attributes
that would constitute the perfect job for me. the company had to have:
- commitment and transparency to customers
- a passion for revolutionizing the end-user experience
- an open environment where people are free to be different and fosters creative expression
- the ability to be nimble, ship solutions quickly, and adjust to market changes
- extremely talented people and cohesive, productive teams
- awesome mentorship opportunities
after getting quite a few offers, i sat down to consider my options. in the end, plaxo
had everything i was looking for and more. as a bonus, they fully
support my blogging activities as well – they recognize the power of
keeping the door open to the community through blogs.
i’m super excited to be at plaxo. for those who are wondering, the HR orientation presentation was approximately 5 minutes. now that’s efficiency 😀
On this topic, SiliconBeat.com has also reported on Jen’s new job:
Weeks ago, you might have thought that Mark Jen’s tech career was in
peril. He’s the guy who was fired from Google after blogging about some
of his experiences there. He wasn’t on the streets for long. Jen has
joined Plaxo as part of the company’s engineering team. As Jen notes in his blog
this evening, "recruiters started contacting me. this was a very unique
experience; while most job seekers have to go to great lengths to get a
foot in the door, i was being aggressively pursued.” Jen says he
interviewed or chatted with Microsoft, Yahoo, Amazon, Technorati,
Filangy and others.
Who says blogging doesn’t pay?
They also reported on an incident at Technorati involving an unwise post by one of its employees. Feedster chimed in soon afterwards with a blogging policy which it published on its site, partly in jest.
Either way, it looks like there is a growing awareness of the implications of blogging in and about the workplace and the recognition of blogging as something else to be brought within the ambit of a company’s IT policy.