Well I'm back in Chicago to work for DRW Trading. It was tough leaving ThoughtWorks but this was an opportunity I just couldn't pass up.
The interview process at DRW is the toughest I've seen in my career. It's the only company that has ever put me through eight interviews (six technical). I love interviewing. One of my dream jobs is to be a professional interviewer. It's also why I like presenting. I love the last ten minutes of a presentation because I never know what someone is going to shoot at me.
When I interview I'm not just there to do my best at answering questions and asking questions. I also want to see if the interviewers are asking the right questions. If I get an offer after getting through the interviews without being quizzed on unit testing, iterative delivery or continuous integration ... I know I'm probably going to regret taking the offer.
Other bonus points for me were the catered breakfast and lunch, a lot of health benefits I'll never use, and an iPhone. I don't like working in structured environments with a lot of rules, so I was very relieved by the fact that there is no dress code at DRW. Still very impressed at the compensation package they put together for me right in the middle of a global recession. I'm also looking forward to working with so many fellow ThoughtQuitters.
Anyways, tomorrow I start a new job and boy do I have a lot to learn about trading. I'll be investing a lot less in my technical knowledge portfolio and lot more in the domain, at least for the short term. Besides, software is about to enter a pretty boring period. Concurrency and mobile are obviously going to matter more, but I keep telling people "the next big thing in software is going to be a little thing in hardware". I've got my eye on gumstix and GPU development.
I am certainly missing San Francisco though. I spent a little more than a year at my last two clients out in the bay area and I sure will miss the weather. I'll also miss the travel opportunities I got with consulting. Living on the road always fit well with me. Relocating back to Chicago was pretty easy this time because everything I own fits into a single trunk and a single piece of luggage. Now that I will have a permanent address, or at least a permanent city, I have to go buy things like dishes and chairs.
Well, that's about it for me. If any of you are in Chicago and you want to meet up just to talk about technology or trading, shoot me an email.