The rumors are true, I am looking for a job!

Here's the TL;DR-- we are trying to find a buyer for the shop and I'd like to work in some kind of data science.

So this has been in the works for a while, like almost a year. We didn't want to go full public at first because selling your business while operating it can introduce dynamics into what has so far been a pretty straightforward operation. At this point we've exhausted our personal networks though and need a hand finding people who would like to take the proverbial Papa November reins. If you or someone you know could be considered an Interested Party please let us know and we will put you in touch with our broker.

Make no mistake, I really enjoy working here and interacting with all of you. But the fact remains that the point of work (to me) is to learn things and I've learnt pretty much all I'm going to about running this type of business by now. Also, honestly it makes more sense to put this out there now while we're still relevant than later. I think this is what's called "leveraging our brand".

If someone offered me a job right now I could theoretically put the shop on ice while we figure out the sale, but I think both Najla and I would prefer to have some closure before moving on. Having said that, pretty much everything is negotiable at this point.

In the longer term I'd like to work with meaningful data-- ideally with fisheries, logistics, healthcare, or something that satisfies my need to feel like I'm contributing to the greater good of humanity. In the shorter term I'd be happy doing something that would give me the skills I'd need to tackle some of the Harder Problems.

Some of you know I've been taking CS and related classes at CCSF, so I'm not completely new to tech-- actually I've been at the periphery for a while. I probably couldn't whiteboard a doubly linked list but I could probably tell you why you'd need one. I also don't think I'd ever be in a job where I'd have to write one from scratch.

Maybe more importantly, if anyone has thoughts on what I could be doing in the meantime to make myself more hireable I would be jazzed to hear them. I plan to investigate bootcamps when it's reasonable to do so-- does anyone have experience with Galvanize for example? I'd be extra interested to hear from people who have hired candidates from their program. There are tons of other courses out there, do you like any?

posted 2017-06-29 16:11:10 by px


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