On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM, Terry Chay <tchay(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
It’s with great pleasure that I’m announcing that Sam Smith has joined
the WIkimedia Foundation as a Software Engineer in Features Engineering.
He'll be working with the Growth team.
Before joining us, Sam was previously a member of the Last.fm web team
(web-slingers) where he helped to build the new catalogue pages, the
Last.fm Spotify app, the new (*the only*) user on-boarding flow, and
helped immortalise his favorite band (Maybeshewill) in most of their unit
test cases. Before that he worked on everything from Java job schedulers,
to Pascal windows installers, to Microsoft server sysadmining, to Zend
Framework and symfony migrations. Ask him which was the was the worst—my
money is on the PHP migration. He received his Masters Degree in physics
at the University of Warwick.
Sam is based in London (the capital of England, not the city in Ontario or
the settlement the island of Kiribati). He lives in Surray Quays with his
wife, Lisa, and his 19 month old son, George. His hobbies include juggling
(he's juggled for 6 years), unicycling (one day he's going to attempt the
distance record… one day!), climbing (specifically bouldering, he's
actually really afraid of heights), coffee (it's not really a hobby, it's
an obsession), and playing Lineage 1. Ask him to do some unicycling up a
boulder while drinking coffee and playing Lineage… now *that* would be
His first official day is today, Tuesday, January 21, 2013. (What? On
time? He signed his contract last year, so I had a lot of time to prepare.
Having said that, I didn't start this e-mail until this morning so balance
has been restored to the force.)
Please join me in a not-belated welcome of Sam Smith to the Wikimedia
\o/ Very very glad to have you aboard Sam. And not just because you're a
fellow coffee snob. ;-)
Sam is our people. From our very first transatlantic conversation, I got a
clear sense that Sam doesn't just like solving engineering problems. He
really deeply cares about doing right by users, making sure they have a
decent (maybe even a fun and enjoyable!) experience. I'm privileged to have
someone of his experience, intelligence, and empathy for users on our team.