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Do you Yahoo?

I just signed and returned the paperwork. As of November 16, I'll be an employee of Yahoo!.

This might seem like a bit of a surprise for those aware that I started at Squarespace just seven months ago. Unfortunately, six months into it, the requirements of employment changed and I was no longer able to stay on. Suffice it to say, I think the folks at Squarespace are fantastic and I believe they have a great product on their hands.

I took a couple weeks to take a break—something I really haven't done for quite some time. It's an odd feeling to wake up and not have anything to work on. But it was a break that I sorely needed.

One can only go so long without getting paid so I put the word out to some friends that I was on the hunt for a long-term, full-time gig that still allowed me to work from home. It was very refreshing to see so many companies who seemed open to the possibility. With so many great opportunities, it ended up being difficult to decide which direction I should go in. In the end, I chose Yahoo!.

Why Yahoo?

There were a number of things that attracted me to the company. One of the was the opportunity to get to work on multiple platforms from the web, to mobile, to the desktop. Another was to have the opportunity to work with great people and friends who already work at Yahoo!. Finally, it was the opportunity to work on projects with a scale much larger than any project I've had the chance to work on before. I really look forward to the challenges and the opportunity to expand my skills in new areas.

The Industry

The one thing this process re-affirmed for me was that I love working in this industry and love how open the community is. As "hippie" as it sounds, everybody likes to share and there are plenty of people looking out for other people. A big thank you to those that helped me get connected with the right people.

This feeling was re-affirmed again when I was at Fronteers this week. I love conferences for the opportunity to share what I've been working on and to hear what everybody else has been doing. I got to meet lots of new friends and chat with old ones, too. It's an odd thing to fly halfway around the world and still be able to hang out with people you know.

I'm ending this post before I get too sappy and start singing kumbaya...

Published November 09, 2009
Categorized as Personal
Short URL: https://snook.ca/s/960

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Ethan said on November 09, 2009

Whoa, Jonathan--congratulations on the change! Hope the new job treats you well.

(Also, epic post title.)

Dan said on November 09, 2009

Wow! Congrats, mate!

I'm sure you'll do great things there.

Best of luck.

grace said on November 09, 2009

Congratulations!
Yahoo is lucky to have you.
(oh, and here's a tissue ;)

Kevin said on November 09, 2009

Wow, nice going Snook. Are you going to be relocating to the west coast?

leo said on November 09, 2009

Best of luck!
What you describe sounds exactly like what I wish to experience and be able to do someday. But hey, there's some time left :)

Joseph McLaughlin said on November 09, 2009

Congratulations!

Caleb Jenkins said on November 09, 2009

"long-term, full-time gig that still allowed me to work from home" - awesome. Congrats Jonathan. Major win for Yahoo!

Ryan Brill said on November 09, 2009

Nice! Congratulations!

Are you working on the YUI team, or another?

David Rojas said on November 09, 2009

Oh, I saw the url and I thought this was an article about the 960 gs framework... ;-)
Anyway, congratulations, and I hope I can meet you some day in one of those conferences

Michael Savage said on November 09, 2009

Congrats! I see this as more of a victory for Yahoo more so then you!

Osvaldas said on November 09, 2009

Looks like you forgot to mention a reason that may be not a major, but really exciting - to work for a worldwide and one of the most famous company. Congrats!

Jeremy Ricketts said on November 09, 2009

Congratulations man!

Stuart Thursby said on November 09, 2009

Congratulatons, Jonathan =) Are you joining the ranks of developers, or do you have a particular niche you'll be specializing in?

Bill Ludwig said on November 09, 2009

Congratulations! Can you say what you will be working on or is a secret? Anyhow best of luck with the new job!

Dan Rubin said on November 09, 2009

Awesome news, Jon! Congrats :) Don't give them too hard a time about all the things they need to fix; if you play your cards right, you'll have enough work there to stay on for life ;)

Alex Giron said on November 09, 2009

Congrats dude, the fine yahoo folks have been putting great stuff out for a while. Looking forward to seeing your contributions.

Nate Klaiber said on November 09, 2009

Congrats friend, this is awesome news. Given this job is a higher scale than any you have had before, I look forward to hearing more about the problem solving at that level.

Carl Smith said on November 09, 2009

All I can say is wow! Looks like I'll have to start paying attention to Yahoo! again. All the best Mr. Snook.

Devin Reams said on November 09, 2009

Congrats, Snook!

Aaron Irizarry said on November 09, 2009

Congrats!
Sounds like an amazing opportunity, you are going to be a valuable addition to their team.

~ Aaron I

Tracy Osborn said on November 09, 2009

Congratulations (again)!

Kunal said on November 09, 2009

Congratulations! I interned at Y!Blr this summer and I have only one comment -- I doubt there are places more fun to work at :D.

Keith said on November 09, 2009

Congrats! That's exciting news! Best of luck!

Are you going to be moving for this job?

Doris Steere said on November 09, 2009

Congrats!!

i was gonna say "Yahoo!!!!"... but then decided that might be a bit too cliche ;)

M. Jackson Wilkinson said on November 09, 2009

Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing how you shape the place :)

Aaron said on November 09, 2009

Congratulations, sir! Best of luck.

Stephen Hay said on November 09, 2009

Congratulations!

Jeff Croft said on November 09, 2009

Congrats, my friend!

David Calhoun said on November 09, 2009

Congrats and welcome to Yahoo! :) Looking forward to seeing you around campus.

Stephanie Sullivan said on November 09, 2009

Congrats my friend! Happy to hear the good news. I toy with the idea of going corporate, then I talk myself out of it. I'll be watching you to see how it goes. ;)

Erik said on November 09, 2009

Smart choice, for you and Yahoo! (man, adding that exclamation never gets old). I'm sure you'll do great things there.

Good for you, hippie.

Jeff L said on November 09, 2009

Let me add my congratulations as well! I know Yahoo! has some kick ass folks, and I look forward to what you're going to bring to the table there as well. Enjoy!

Eric Eggert said on November 09, 2009

This rocks! Saw your talk at Fronteers, which was really interesting. Yahoo! keeps getting the good peeps.

Brian Durkin said on November 09, 2009

Yeah...wow...congrats to yahoo.

Neal G said on November 09, 2009

Congrats Jonathan. I've always like Yahoo! as a company even when most other people in the industry switched to other companies (like Google). Hopefully things have finally settled down in Sunnyvale.

Fabian Tempel said on November 09, 2009

Congratulations Jonathan and Congratulations to Yahoo too.

Luke Dorny said on November 09, 2009

Radical, Snook'ms!
Congratulations!

Elliot Swan said on November 09, 2009

Congrats! Which team are you going to be working with?

Olivia Zinn said on November 09, 2009

Congrats, that's some great news. And Yahoo is very lucky to get you. :)

David Hemphill said on November 09, 2009

Way to go! Have fun at the new gig.

Jonathan Snook said on November 09, 2009

Thanks everybody for the kind words. :)

@Kevin and Keith: I'll still be working from here in Ottawa with occasional trips being made to Sunnyvale, as needed.

@Ryan Brill, Stuart Thursby and Elliot Swan: Not joining YUI and won't be specializing in any one particular thing. I'll be working on a bunch of different apps starting with Messenger and Mail.

David Calhoun said on November 09, 2009

Oh, doh! Didn't read close enough to notice you will be working from home. But I hope you'll come by campus occasionally at least!

Jonathan Snook said on November 09, 2009

@David Calhoun: Yes, I'll no doubt be making my way around the campus at some point. :)

Keith Parent said on November 09, 2009

so, should i cancel my squarespace, then?

Saurabh Shah said on November 09, 2009

Congratulations! and Do Yahoo at Yahoo :) ...

Tim Gane said on November 09, 2009

Congratulation Jonathan - Yahoo is lucky to have you!

Pål Degerstrøm said on November 09, 2009

Congrats Jonathan, Yahoo! are lucky to have you. Can't wait to see what you'll be working on.

Klaus Komenda said on November 09, 2009

Wow, thats indeed great news, eh! (sorry, I couldn't resist). I really hope to see you around campus once in a while.

Jonas said on November 09, 2009

Congratulations. Let's pray that they will not be bought from Microsoft. That would be the end of all standards at Yahoo.

Good Luck!

Milos Dakic said on November 09, 2009

Congrats Jon, Yahoo! are lucky to have you.

Mikey McCorry said on November 09, 2009

That's fantastic news, Jon. I kinda feel sorry for Squarespace, but as you say, their product is rock solid, so they should be fine. I look forward to hearing about all the wonderful things you'll be working on.

Thierry Koblentz said on November 09, 2009

Give us a heads up when you visit the Sunnyvale campus, I'm sure we are a few who'd like to meet with you.

Jonah said on November 09, 2009

Welcome aboard Jonathan.

If you know anyone else who would be interesting in joining, I have an opening on my FE team here at Yahoo Santa Monica.

eric wu said on November 09, 2009

welcome to yahoo!

Robin said on November 09, 2009

Jonathon in, Rasmus out.

We could start a rumour.

Matthew Anderson said on November 09, 2009

Interesting/awesome news, Jon. Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing some of your handi-work.

Jeremy Hubert said on November 09, 2009

Looking forward to having you as a fellow Yahoo! Jon. As a fellow Canadian, I have to add that I'm a tad jealous you get to stay in the homeland. ;)

Congrats, and I'm glad they were able to pull it all together for ya.

ducban said on November 09, 2009

What a nice choice and also a good news Jon. :) Congratulation!

Najeeb Puthiyallam said on November 09, 2009

Wow.. YAHOOooooooooooooooooo ITS YOU !! :D

Gaurav Mishra said on November 09, 2009

All the very best to you saying Yahooooo !

Herko said on November 10, 2009

Nice :-) I hope you find ways there to apply your talent and pick up on some new ones and grow!

Kedron said on November 10, 2009

Well done! You'll make a great addition to the Yahoo team!

Ryan Corradini said on November 10, 2009

Congrats, man. Sounds like it's gonna be a perfect fit for you.

anon said on November 10, 2009

your going to hate it. trust me.

Whitney Hess said on November 10, 2009

Mazel tov! That's great news. Happy to hear you're happy and still get to stay where you love. Enjoy!

Bridget Stewart said on November 10, 2009

Amazing news! Congratulations!

Chris wallace said on November 10, 2009

You rule the school Jonathan. Now make sure to balance work with other things you love. I think you know what I'm sayin'.

Dino Latoga said on November 10, 2009

Wow. You really are a talented guy. I'm a fan of yours and I really wish I could be as good and blessed as you someday. Congratulations and good luck.

Steven Ray said on November 10, 2009

Congratulations brotha! Sounds like you're really going to have an opportunity to work on some fun stuff.

Yeehaw! Yahoo!

xian said on November 10, 2009

Welcome aboard! Anyone who comes highly recommended by Chris Heilmann must be twisted^H^H^H^H^H^H awesome!

David Peralty said on November 10, 2009

Great stuff man. We've been so out of touch, but I'm glad to hear you are doing well. I think Yahoo is lucky to have you.

Tejas Sanghavi said on November 11, 2009

Great news. I am happy that you are excited about the new role. Best Wishes

Erik Wallace said on November 12, 2009

Congrats on the new gig. Good luck and enjoy your time off.

csscoffee said on November 13, 2009

Congrats Snook! Yahoo is very lucky to have you

Mathias Bynens said on November 16, 2009

Enjoy your first day at Yahoo! :)

ionut popa said on November 18, 2009

Congrats! i like the way yahoo advances front end technologies and i think you'd fit right in there with those bright minded individuals! it's a great place to learn and perfect your front end skills!

Davin C. said on November 19, 2009

Congrats Snook. I hope our paths cross again.

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