15
Nov 10

PAMF is awesome.

For the past couple of months I’ve had this annoying wart on my face that wouldn’t go away.  Being impatient, I went to a for-profit clinic in Mountain View where I was promised quick service and an appointment the next day.  The next day comes, and after waiting an hour for a dermatologist, I got a perfunctory examination, doubt regarding whether or not the bump was a pimple or a wart, and a quick spritz with liquid nitrogen.

This didn’t really help, and I really felt like I was just a cash cow for a business.  Disillusioned, I tried a variety of over the counter remedies, and eventually arrived at the conclusion that I would need to see another professional, lest I inadvertently melt a hole in my face.  I booked an appointment with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation with the plea “I will see any available dermatologist!” and got an appointment for a couple weeks later.  I show up for my appointment and got amazing care- not only did I get an explanation for my skin condition, I was presented with a variety of treatment options as well as the pros and cons of each option.  I got a generous spritz of cryo-juice, a prescription for squaric acid (which apparently tricks your immune system into attacking the wart- cool!) and the ugly bumps are all but gone now. I can now go back to the eyebrow threading salon with my head held high.


09
Nov 10

Rain chain

Rain Chain

My rain chain at 1/1000 sec, clicky for the set

It rained a lot this weekend, and normally the first rain of the year involves clearing clogged drains from the roof of my flat-topped house.  On Monday morning, I cleared the drain for our rain chain, which led to some fun photography, experimenting with different exposures and compositions. It’s rare to have the rain chain going at full tilt in the middle of the sunny day, and the time change meant that 8 am was tantalizingly close to the “golden hour“.  These have been hectic times for me, so it’s nice to be able to take a break and just fool around with a camera for a while.


02
Nov 10

Goodbye, Mozilla

Almost two weeks ago, I had an emotional last day at Mozilla, the best place I’ve ever had the honor of calling “employer.”  The 22 months I’ve spent at Mozilla have been the most rewarding and challenging of my career.  I joined at a time of transition and had the great honor of working with some of the smartest people I’ve ever met, on a mission that has fundamentally changed the internet for everyone, regardless of the browser they happen to use.  Mozilla has a reach and influence that is the envy of many organizations in tech, and they will continue to grow and advance the state of the art in some obvious and surprising ways.

I’ve always told people that Mozilla was the last job I would ever have, and there was only one thing that would get me to leave- the opportunity to start something new that has the potential to change the world.  Of course, like many asterisks and related clauses, this one was fated to happen to me, and when Joshua Schachter asked me to start a company with him, I said no.  I couldn’t leave Mozilla, and I felt that my participation was vital to the company and the very future of the internet.

It took a while for me to realize that there would never be the perfect time for a person to leave an organization where they feel like they’re making a difference.  It took an even longer while to crank my ego down to the point where I realized that no one is irreplaceable, and in fact, learning how to delegate and give others the opportunity to grow is also an honorable way to make an exit.  Upon some reflection, I came to realize, perhaps self-servingly, that being indispensable is not always the reflection of a person’s true value- because it means that responsibility, vision, and leadership are not being shared in any meaningful way.  Fligtar, Myk, and Jorge all know their own jobs better than I do and are more than capable of writing the future of add-ons for Mozilla.

So, we know how this story ends.  I did an Ione Skye to Joshua’s John Cusack, and now I’m the VP of Product at a joint called Tasty Labs, with Joshua and Paul Rademacher, who invented Web 2.0 and will be inventing the next version of the web with us, which we plan on calling “Web 6.” Right now, my days are unpredictable and exciting, and I’ll try my best to talk more to you, all twelve of you, about my startup adventure.  TTFN!