I'm moving to New York City.
Help me find work?

The first week of 2015, I’m moving to New York City. I’m pretty excited about it, but I’ll need work. Currently I’m employed by Microsoft. They’re working with me to see if there are any internal opportunities that will suit, but that may not be possible. I’m very interested in work leading the design and development of products that create real benefits for their intended community and/or customers. Mostly I’m interviewing for Director of Engineering, Engineering Manager, and even VP of Engineering at a smaller startup.

Here’s a copy of my resume (PDF), and below there is a summary of how I’ve kept busy the last few years. If you can think of an opportunity or an introduction that might suit, please email me at lachlan@lachstock.com.au.

I’m an experienced dev lead with a focus on product design and development. I’ve mostly led JS and front end teams but also Rubyists and Java devs. I’ve hired more than 100 developers in my career and only fired 4.

I delivered the world’s first Over-The-Top live streaming IPTV service under Widevine DRM. I built key features of major product releases at Atlassian, including developing and open-sourcing the Atlassian UI library. I run a coworking space called The Workbench and help organize the Sydney JS meetups.

I went to Sydney’s first Ruby on Rails meet up in 2006 and have been an active member of the Australian Ruby community ever since. I’ve been to 14 of the 17 Railscamps run in Australia and New Zealand.

I’ve been writing JavaScript since it was DHTML and Node since before NPM existed. My team won the Completeness category in the first NodeKnockout and came third overall. I wrote a (poor) toy web framework in CoffeeScript and Node to learn CoffeeScript when it came out. I wrote a prototype build tool for Visual Studio in Grunt to add SASS/HAML/Coffee/etc capabilities to show the VS team why they should add those features. I made a clone of my Ruby Sinatra blog(esque) site in ExpressJS because I get excited about monolingual stacks.

I’ve spent the last 3 years developing and implementing Microsoft Australia’s strategy for engaging and improving the startup ecosystem in Australia. Basically that means my job is helping startups. With anything. I debug apps, web services, and business models. I partner with VCs, accelerators, incubators, universities and others to amplify benefits they offer for startups. I help startups find customers, employees or funding.

Before Microsoft two friends and I spent 2 months doing spikes into the 10 hardest technical problems we saw in making a Gmail-killer. We did not resolve all of them. I still want to build it someday.

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Incident Report

This isn’t something I'd normally share, but I’ve had so many requests for a public account that I feel the need to honour that. There was an incident at the most recent SydJS. What follows is what happened and what we did about it.

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