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This week we are very happy to welcome Josh Minor to the wider team as our
Group Product Manager! As the team has grown, it is now the time to add a
dedicated Product Manager to ensure the launch and growth of Wikifunctions.
While we are hiring for this role, Josh will pitch in. His background in
linguistics and his years of experience with the Foundation make him the
perfect person for this role. But let’s have him introduce himself in his
I'm a 6.5 year veteran of the Wikimedia Foundation, working on Product
Management for the Wikipedia Apps, especially for iOS. I've also worked on
many other strategic projects and initiatives, including advocating for
making our content more structured across Wikimedia and easier for humans
and machines to access and understand. And before I moved into the consumer
app space, I got a BA in Linguistics and MA in Computational Linguistics,
and worked for many years in natural language technology and information
retrieval startups. So I've been following the Abstract Wikipedia concept
with keen interest from Denny's first proposal. Now I am helping him and
the team find a full time Senior Product Manager
<https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/4135630> who will help ensure
the successful launch of Wikifunctions and long term impact of Abstract
Wikipedia. In the meantime I'll be pitching in where I can and
collaborating on this amazing unique project. In my spare time I make art
and software and software art <https://imaginarycartography.com/>, walk
around San Francisco with my husband, and cuddle our cat.
I'm also a pretty nice boss. So if you know anyone who wants to play a key
role in the future of Abstract Wikipedia and knowledge equity and has
Product and relevant technical experience, please pass along our job posting
As Josh said, we are hiring for the role of a full time Senior Product
Manager for Wikifunctions. Please pass along this job posting to people who
might be interested, and if you are interested yourself, please apply. You
might also be interested in Josh's post about PMing in public
describing his experience with working for Wikimedia.
Please join me in welcoming Josh on the extended team!