Moving on

In a turn that few will have seen coming, this coming Friday will be my last day at Rapleaf. After five years, I’ve decided that it’s time to move on and seek new challenges. To that end, after much consideration, I will be joining Square to help them scale up their analytics efforts. I’m incredibly excited to get to work with a new team on a totally new problem domain, and I believe I have a ton of value to add to the company.

This decision is exquisitely bittersweet, though. It’s difficult to even begin to describe how spectacular my time at Rapleaf has been. I found it telling that when I tried to sit down and write a summary of my experience for my resume, it seemed impossible to summarize all that I had learned and done. This is still totally insufficient, but I’ll boil it down to this: I was given the opportunity to make many amazing software systems; I was allowed to grow into a member of the broader engineering and open source community; I learned the meaning of scale; I got to be a real owner of the business’s direction and purpose; and I played a role in building a world-class team.
It is this last point in particular, the team, that puts the tears in my eyes. I have never before had the opportunity to work with so many brilliant, hard-working, interesting, and just generally nice people, and I am humbled and honored to have been counted among their number. My greatest worry – one which I consider not wholly irrational – is that the team I’m leaving behind is in fact of the rarest kind, and I’ll spend the rest of my career hoping to rebuild something as great.
To everyone I have worked with over these last five years, thank you for everything you have taught me. You are what has – and will continue to – make Rapleaf great. 
Let’s do this again some time.
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