I also never loved working at a job so much in my entire life, it was like a job golden age, I worked with people I respected and personally liked very much.
For everything else about speakeasy, crafting awesome support and administrative assets while respecting people’s varying cultural styles and attitudes was something that set that place completely apart from the rest of the industry.
It’s pretty crazy when I break things down like that, but I really do owe a lot to my time at Speakeasy and all the great people I met there.
Speakeasy truly gave a shit about being a community, a community of users and a community of workers and I’ve brought that with me as a model of what a workplace should be.
I have been at 3 different companies since my position came to an end at Speakeasy back in 2010. At all three spots, I don’t think a week has ever gone by when I didn’t tell a story about a best practice I learned, used what I learned about how to deal with a complex finance issue or tell someone about what a great place it was to work.
Speakeasy was a special place where a good idea, no matter where or who it came from, had the ability to get tested, built and come to life.
Being the bridge between Engineering and Dev at Speakeasy led me to the types of development roles for operations that I do now. As for my personal life, I met many friends there, and miss Seattle terribly.
Speakeasy had more gumption, soul and vision than any company I have ever worked for.
I met a bunch of wonderful weirdos who made me feel more comfortable in my own skin.
Speakeasy has been one of the hallmarks of my experiences in life and business. I have many folks I still consider friends, some of which are my best friends.