It is true that nothing lasts forever, even if you want it to. Like Firefly, BattleStar Galactica, those lazy sunday mornings. For me especially its the global team i’ve been a part of for the last 2 years.
Yes sadly this means that I am finishing up with PayPal as one of the APAC Developer Evangelists.
I have a long history with PayPal which all started back in 2009. The first ever PayPal Innovate conference in San Francisco. As a developer I was able to help them with various developer initiatives over the years after and was flown back for Innovate conferences in 2010 and 2011 before joining full time 2 years ago.
It’s been a crazy fun ride, 377000 KMs (234256 Miles) according to tripit, in the last 2 years. Ive covered over 110 events in 9 countries and keynoted/spoken/workshopped at around 80 of those.
Its been amazing to meet so many awesome people from language founders, devs, designers, startup gurus, I was able to help connect people, mentor, share ideas and techniques over so many countries and communities in whole new ways.
The PayPalDev/Braintree_Dev team
What can you say about a team like the one PayPalDev/Braintree_Dev team, For starters i’ve never been in a team quite like it. For me personally it was like I really belonged, you felt a part of them as much as they were of me and while that may sound sappy that helped us do the amazing things that we did.
While we were often separated by distance (particularly me) you always knew that someone was always there if you needed them, and on the rare occasion that we came together it was like no time had passed at all.
For those that saw us in action at BattleHack and some of the other events throughout the world that’s what we were like all the time.
We were given the freedom and support to go out and do amazing shit and that’s exactly what we did.
Discoveries and reflection
There’s a bunch of stuff that i take away from all this and in reflection there’s a few things that i came to realise.
- Love sharing new ideas/technologies, it’s something i’ve always done and i think this really helped me discover that more and certainly something i want to do again. Mentoring especially and sharing of my experience as an Analyst/developer/tech head.
- I’m an enabler, love connecting people so that awesome things can happen and even if they dont its just great that people can connect.
oh and of course I love the occasional pun (lol yes that was a pun).
So where am I going?
Good question, where are we going in this universe of all the things and more importantly why is the batteries to my xbox control not charged…
Stay tuned for the answers to this and many other questions soon….
…. Just kidding as if i’d be able to do that..
It’s hard to go back into devrel again after being part of an awesome team but what better way to be joining another awesome team.
So as of April i’ll be doing few things…
The first announcement is about becoming the API Evangelist for a company doing some really cool things, I’ll be working closely with the payments integration team to ensure users/merchants have everything they need to make life easier, faster and better.
To find out which company i’ll be doing that for click the grooooovy Austin Powers gif below…