Welcome wagon gratitude, and early to-do list

September 24, 2008 § 2 Comments

It’s only three days in, and I feel very much at home here in the Mozilla Toronto office. The welcome has been awesome. Office IRC even more fun than what I left behind at Shuttleworth. Whiteboard-assisted lunch adjudication. Emergent over consumption of espresso. All very good things. I’m very grateful for the friendly welcome wagon.

My Mozilla Toronto office colleagues wave at the blogosphere

My Mozilla Toronto office colleagues wave at the blogosphere

Most of this week is focused on learning curve, checking in with people and figuring out early priorities. The main things on my immediate to-do list include:

  • Get up to speed calls with Frank, David, Gerv and Zak
  • Set up and figure out how Mozilla tech stuff works — IRC, phone, etc.
  • Talk to Tristan Nitot about Barcelona MozCamp, and Moz Europe in general
  • Preparation for Foundation board meeting in early October
  • Planning for Foundation All Hands, happening end of October in Mountain View
  • Work with Seneca people on possible Teaching Open Source track at FSOSS
  • Lots of background reading, especially legal and financial stuff
  • Ubuntu-ize new Thinkpad (if it ever arrives)
  • A ton and a half of talking to people and asking questions

The learning curve side of all this is fun, and intense. I’d been warned. Extra thanks to Frank and David who have already spent a ton of time helping me understand the deep ins-and-outs of what the Foundation is already working on. And, to Connor and Johnathan here in Toronto for useful answers about Mozilla lore and history.

In the next few weeks, my to-do list will start to include some bigger picture things, including deeper thinking on new Foundation programs and pitching in on Mitchell’s 2010 goals effort. Also, I’m hoping to to meet with a good number of folks in Mountain View for early conversations. I’m going to be there from October 6 -9. If you’re there and want to connect, please let me know.

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