One of the things that's helpful about having been at Yahoo more than a few years and having multiple roles during that time is that it provides lots of opportunity to meet lots of people and figure out what they're good at.
As a by-product, I've managed to build up a list of people who constitute my "dream team." These are the people that I wish I could take with me when I move into a new group and/or role. It's rare that you can get 'em to move since these are also the people who are often quite happy in their roles, but it never stops me from trying.
A few weeks ago I got to cross one person off that list. JR Conlin, who has worked in Yahoo! Local, Yahoo! Travel, and several others has officially joined the YDN team as of Monday (2 days ago, that is).
This is most excellent. It can be hard to find people who are good at what they do, interested in what we do, have the right mindset and skills, understand Yahoo, and are willing to jump into the group and give us a chance.
BTW, not only has he been at Yahoo longer than I have (that's saying something) JR is also the guy behind Yahoo! Cool Thing of the Day, an unofficial blog where he and a few others post about Yahoo stuff that you may or may not have heard about.
As is tradition in the Yahoo! Developer Network, we're going out for a sushi lunch tomorrow to celebrate. I don't know why, but we go only to sushi places for lunch. In fact, it's always the same sushi place.
Welcome aboard, JR.
Oh, and Yahoo! is hiring in numerous groups for engineering jobs. Ping me if you're interested and a US citizen (H1-B visa lotteries suck).
Update: As Rasmus said, Canadians with professional degrees, and thus eligible for TN status, are ok too.
Update: Okay, what I apparently intended to say was that we'd love to hear from you if you are legally permitted to work in the U.S., as Mike says.
Posted by jzawodn at May 02, 2007 02:16 PM