I have accepted an offer from the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) to become Product Manager for the next-generation API for Wikipedia and the rest of the Wikimedia sites.
For non-tech people: I’m going to make it easier for programmers and companies to make tools that use and improve Wikipedia information.
It’s an opportunity to extend the reach of Wikipedia and related wikis
into new domains and make the information on the site available and
relevant to whole new audiences.
Working at Wikipedia scale is a huge challenge but also an opportunity to make a real difference in the world. I feel like the work that Wikimedia Foundation does jibes very well with my personal mission to make technology more accessible and evenly distributed.
I’m excited about the new position. I’ll be working remotely from Montreal, starting next Monday, December 3 2018. I’ll let you know how it goes!
My other commitments
My company Fuzzy.ai is shutting down at the end of December 2018. We are releasing our fuzzy logic engine and API server as Open Source, and I expect that I’ll be working to make that project successful in the new year.
I will also continue my work with the Social CG at W3C on ActivityPub and Activity Streams 2.0, as well as the pump.io social networking platform.
And, as usual, I’ll be meddling in a handful of startups in Montreal and elsewhere as mentor, adviser, consultant or avuncular sounding board.
Thanks to my patient and supportive wife and children who have put up with my turbulent transition over the last two years.
Thanks to the WMF for taking a chance with me. I think we’re going to do great things together!
And thanks to everyone who helped with job search references over the last couple of months. I’ve talked to a lot of fascinating companies and organizations because of the doors you opened. I appreciate your confidence in me.
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