Today I’m putting in a one-week notice for the site. One week from now I’ll be starting a full-time position at Google as a Developer Programs Engineer. Similar to my work on the TIF Companion Library, the position will consist of me working with the developer community on various Google products.
With this career move I will leaving the site. Being a full-time Googler will make it impossible to write honestly and independently. My content would be inherently biased and limited to what is available in the public. I wouldn’t want to filter my writing through a certain lens, and it wouldn’t be fair to the readers.
I’d be unable to report on rumors of new products or services, both within Google and their partners. Other writers on the site may do so, but that would make me personally liable due to the personal association between myself and the author. Establishing professional barriers will be imperative going forward.
What about my apps? I have published many TV apps through the brand of ITV Lab. From the start I wanted to help spur a community of developers to contribute and have made the apps open source from the start. Interested individuals can take on the responsibility of maintaining a project. While I may contribute changes occasionally, I’m unsure if I will have the time to devote to full-time maintenance. Thankfully, the apps are mostly feature-complete at this point, barring any potential future issues.
Cumulus TV is one of the more popular applications that I have maintained. I would like to continue working on this, along with a full re-architecture of it, but I will have to make sure I can find the time for it.
This site will continue to be updated by the other contributors. There’s plenty of news being made in the smart TV space, as you can see from everything on the site. If you want to start writing as a paid contributor, now’s a great time to get started.
It’s been a great two years, and I look forward to what’s next.
This isn’t good-bye. I’ll still be a part of the community, and will be able to share the cool things I’m working on (once they’re public).