Joining Alley Interactive

The other day in my post “The Hardest Thing I Did This Year“, I mentioned that I’ve ended my run as Senior Developer at Code and Theory. What I didn’t mention, and I’m excited to announce, is that I’ve joined Alley Interactive. Alley is an agency that focuses on working with large publishers in media, entertainment and education, and is a WordPress VIP partner.

I’ve been fortunate to cross paths with multiple Alley-ites over the last couple of years. David Herrera and I met back at WordCamp Raleigh when we both spoke there, and before David had joined Alley. After a WordPress Big Media Meetup, I ended up talking with Austin Smith in a karaoke bar. Music brings people together, and that opened up the door to conversations that eventually led me down the path to Alley. Matt Johnson and I met at a Red Lobster one night through our mutual friend, Eric Lewis from the New York Times.

MordorOnce the conversations with Austin started, Gmail immediately filtered them into some subfolder of mine in the depths of Mordor and I assumed the convos were over. One day I was poking around Mordor, slaying Orcs and deleting emails, when I uncovered a response from the guys dating back almost 2 months.

Ronald-Weasley-ronald-weasley-15505178-1024-768After a Skype call one morning with Matt Boynes, it was apparent that our goals and ideologies were aligned. I was looking for the flexibility to work remotely sometimes; the majority of everyone at Alley is distributed and works remotely. I was looking to contribute more to open source projects like plugins and WP core; Alley encourages this kind of activity very, very strongly. Those key factors, along with a brilliant team as passionate about WordPress as I am and exciting projects made it pretty clear that this is a fit like that of a wand and wizard from Harry Potter.

The timing of coming on board worked out such that I got to go to the holiday party before I even began in the office. Everyone had come in from all over the country, and we all got to meet face to face. Since joining I’ve been working on projects including the New York Post, and have been getting into the swing of things as far as internal and VIP processes. It’s been such a smooth transition to Alley and it’s going to be a great 2015.

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