Last week, InfluxData laid off 27% of their staff, including me. As a result, I’m now looking for my next opportunity.
I really enjoyed my three years there. I got to work with great people, I learned a ton, and was able to do a lot of work that I’m proud of.
I now find myself looking for what’s next.
I’m open to a lot of possibilities, but here are the things I’m prioritizing:
I do my best work when I’m making life better for other people. That can involve building systems that help people do their jobs more effectively, refactoring to make a codebase easier to work in, mentoring and teaching others, or bridging gaps to resolve conflicts between teams and individuals. Work like this is my “happy place”.
I want to stay on the technical side. I don’t necessarily need to have my hands on the code all day every day, but I still enjoy programming. I’m not interested in moving into management.
I’d prefer to have a technical leadership role. I believe everyone can lead from wherever they are (and I do that), but I’ve also found that having the title matters sometimes.
I’d love to work somewhere that is all-in on Elixir and the BEAM (Erlang virtual machine), or is moving that direction. While I’m open to other technology stacks, I’ve been really enjoying working in Elixir and would love to be able to take more advantage of what it offers than I’ve been able to so far.
I’m not focused on any single industry or business domain, but I want to work on things that are designed to serve people and not enslave them.