I have just accepted a position as Director of Software Development for Mosso.
Mosso is based in San Antonio, and is part of Rackspace.
So, why did I choose Mosso? From the web site:
We started Mosso because we knew there were web developers who wanted a reliable platform for their applications and email–without being the ones responsible for all the technology.
Basically, Mosso does, on a much larger scale, what I have been doing as a consultant for the last few years â€“ stripping as much of the technology details as possible out of the lives of people that have an idea and/or dream â€“ they want to build the idea, not manage the server, or the databases. They want to be able to focus on building what they envision. Iâ€™ve helped people focus on that â€“ Mosso lets thousands of people do the same.
Thatâ€™s what Mosso does. And more. And in very cool ways.
Mosso also passed all of my test points:
- I need to build teams.
- I need to work with smart people.
- I need a voice.
- I need responsibility, accountability, AND authority.
- I need the security of a larger company with the atmosphere of a startup.
- I needed a company that is nimble â€“ it can quickly adjust to change, and new ideas.
- My work must have value to me, and to others.
- The impact has to have a large footprint. I like building big!
So, how did Mosso do on this list? Extremely well. I will not be building one team â€“ but several teams. I have met some of the smartest people â€“ all in one company in downtown San Antonio.
My position is a senior one â€“ I will eventually have a large team â€“ and many of them I will need to hire. That is important work that is important to the company, and to my new coworkers. Iâ€™ll be allowed to run my teams and do my job â€“ Iâ€™ll be helping grow/invent/implement some very cool technology.
The work environment is amazing â€“ we have real humans at Mosso 24/7. We have developers on call 24/7. We work 24/7 (so you donâ€™t have to!). Developers build their own schedules for covering â€œon callâ€ â€“ they donâ€™t need a â€œmanagerâ€ â€“ they are managing quite well right now :) So I will focus on improving our processes and hiring more talented people (call me if you are interested â€“ 210-845-4440).
New employees get their choice of computers. You want a Windows desktop? â€“ no problem. One monitor, or two? You want a 17â€ MacBook Pro (I Do!) â€“ thatâ€™s cool as well. One monitor, or two? Itâ€™s really up to you. Since we are building computing for the cloud, the systems we personally choose donâ€™t really matter (except for where you feel most productive!).
Like any startup, you have a lot to do â€“ your job description might as well read, â€œSucceedâ€. I like that. But weâ€™re also backed by Rackspace â€“ a very strong company (and a very cool company to work at in their own right â€“ theyâ€™ve won a lot of awards for being a cool place to work).
I first met the Mosso crew when I invited Robert Scoble to come to San Antonio â€“ I was just introduced to a couple of them â€“ I didnâ€™t get a chance to talk to them. But a few weeks later I looked into what they were doing. I became a customer. I was (and am even more so now) impressed. Those blog posts started a conversation that eventually led to here. It was not planned.
But I am very pleased to be in an exciting position at Mosso â€“ and am very happy to be part of the Rackspace family. I am a Racker, and already proud of it 🙂
I wonâ€™t be able to talk much about what I am doing for a while. But once I can, Iâ€™ll be sure to share my experience with you.
But as I learn more about Mosso, and what my teams look like â€“ Iâ€™ll share that with you.
Because I wouldnâ€™t go to work for a company that didnâ€™t excite me And challenge me.
This one does.