Goodbye Yahoo!, Hello Outspark

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This past Friday was my last day at Yahoo!.

I went digging through the archives for a post from the previous time I switched jobs, and the only one I could find was written after I already started at Yahoo!. Nothing from before even hinting that I was job hunting. Perhaps secrecy is a necessary part of this process. At least this time I did drop some clues that I was leaving soon.

In any case, my time at Yahoo! has ended, and suffice it to say that it was a great time. I’ve made a lot of friends, did good work, grown professionally and as a person, and was able to contribute to reaching out to millions of people who use the Yahoo! services. So where am I going next?

I have joined a small start-up in San Francisco called Outspark. Outspark publishes casual online MMORPG games based on a common technology platform. The first game will be hitting closed beta soon, so you should go sign up for it.

Why did I decide to make the switch? Life at Yahoo! was definitely good, but without going into too much detail, I simply wanted to find new, interesting, and challenging work in a somewhat different domain from what I’ve been doing, and I wanted to live in San Francisco. Besides, I know a few people in the company already, some of which are my good friends, so it’s bound to be a great environment.

My joining Outspark does not mean that I will stop work on PHP 6 or related projects. It does mean, however, that I will not necessarily be paid to spend substantial amount of time on it. But then again, I wasn’t being paid to work on it before joining at Yahoo!.

I’ll be moving to San Francisco sometime in July, fully planning to enjoy the entirety of that fantastic city.

And so, it begins.

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8 Comments on "Goodbye Yahoo!, Hello Outspark"

  1. andrei
    Jean-Marc Fontaine
    14/05/2007 at 3:04 am Permalink

    Good luck Andrei ! 🙂

  2. andrei
    Jonathan Chum
    14/05/2007 at 9:19 am Permalink

    Good luck on the new job and moving to SF — though I only knew you for the short time in SJ this weekend. 🙂

  3. andrei
    Ivo Jansch
    14/05/2007 at 10:31 am Permalink

    Good luck! Is PHP involved in the technology platform of the mmorpg?

  4. andrei
    Andrei
    14/05/2007 at 12:23 pm Permalink

    Ivo, yes, it will be involved.

  5. andrei
    terry chay
    14/05/2007 at 3:45 pm Permalink

    SF baby!

    You’ll have to invite me to lunch. Any excuse to head to SOMA is a good one.

    —terry

  6. andrei
    Nathan Youngman
    18/05/2007 at 2:24 pm Permalink

    Hey Andrei,
    It’s great to have something fresh and fun to work on. I hope you really enjoy it. What are you doing until July rolls around then? And how has your MA Ling been going?
    Nathan.

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