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Twenty Twenty Update

Wow, what a mess of a year! And 2021 doesn’t promise much either. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this whole decade turned out pretty bleak.

Last year, lots of things changed for me (as it did for many of us). This post is for those changes I do want to share.

I Moved

Small move. I moved from Oakland to San Jose. The weather is even nicer, rent is cheaper, etc. No particular reason why I moved from Oakland other than it didn’t make sense for me to live up there.

Claimbot Was Acquired

In a remarkable turn of events, last fall, Claimbot’s virtual chat engine was acquired by Mobile Tech Rx! This also means that I’m no longer working at Claimbot.

Closing this chapter of my life was a bitter-sweet moment. I feel very lucky for having the opportunity to build a great product alongside very talented teammates. I’ll miss it dearly.

I am happy that all the work that we’ve put on the platform for the past four years will live on and be useful in different ways for the very talented folks at Mobile Tech Rx. Our work is in good hands, and I can’t wait to see what they build on top of it.

Having worked on Claimbot is an experience I’ll cherish for the rest of my career. I have grown exponentially as a professional and as a person, and I owe much of it to my co-founder, partner, and mentor, Miguel Fernandez, who started and gracefully lead this whole endeavor.

Gracias, broder.

I Got a New Job

Finally, as a direct – yet somehow also parallel – consequence of Claimbot’s news, I started working at a new company, Airkit. In fact, most of my teammates from Claimbot are now working at Airkit too!

Airkit is a platform that empowers teams to build customer experiences without having to write a lot of code.

I’ll be working as a Full Stack Engineer on Airkit’s core platform. Particularly with the Developer Experience team, which mainly focuses on the Studio portion of Airkit, the interactive tool that companies use to build these low-code customer experiences!

There are lots of places where Airkit and Claimbot intersect, from go-to-market strategies and target industries, to tech stack and architecture design. Customer experience automation, configurable software, and full stack JavaScript is proving to be a career theme for me, which is awesome too!

I have worked at Airkit for the past ~3 months. So far, my experience has been delightful. Airkit is a great company, with a great team and product, and lots of potential. I’ve learned a lot so far and I’m excited to see what I’ll learn next!

Also, we’re hiring!

Onwards

Anyways!

As I said earlier, 2020 was objectively bad for the world and my expectations for 2021 are not that high either. However, on a personal level, I am thankful for all the good things that did happen last year and I’m looking forward for the good parts of this one.

Take care, everyone.

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