This week was my last week with MakerBot.
Two-ish year ago phooky asked me to interview as a lead desktop developer. I wasn’t really looking for a job, but since I respected him and his incredible hacks, I agreed. At the time it was a small pre-funding startup. To work with a hacker I respected so much, and on 100% Open Source technology was enough of a draw me from Philadelphia to work in Brooklyn. Since then I’ve been shuttling back and forth from Philly to Brooklyn most of the week so I could herd the nerds for MakerBot. It’s been an amazing opportunity, but a recent addition to my family means I need to be in Philly full time.
MakerBot gave me the challenge and honour of building a great department to create a stellar product. I also had the rare joy of a blank slate on which to redesign and implement our new desktop software stack, hand in hand with a group of brilliant developers. We created a new slicer, a new tool-chain system, a new device driver, and even a beautiful and simple UI on a tight schedule, with some great partners. Despite the controversy about closing some source access to MakerWare, it’s a product I am very proud of. It’s fast, robust. It ran cleanly on 3 platforms from first day it shipped Without a doubt it is the most impactful product I’ve shipped. The most on-schedule product I’ve shipped too!
It’s quite bitter-sweet to be leaving MarkerBot, and a department I shaped, but c ‘est la vie. Goodbye Brooklyn, and MakerBot! It’s been an honour, a challenge, and a joy working with you. I’ll miss the great humour, the inspired hacks, and the great brainstorming. Even though you won’t really need it, I wish you all the best of luck. With the pool of talent still there, I’m sure the company will grow and succeed regardless. I’ll always look back fondly on the great time and great people I worked with at MakerBot, and Ilook forward to seeing great products and projects you ship in the years to come.
… but at the same time, Hello Philadelpha! It’s good to be back full time. Lets get into some trouble.