Today is my first day as a full-time employee at Igalia, where I’ll be doing a whole lot of things I love to do: document and explain web standards at MDN and other places, participate in standards work at the W3C, take on some webmaster duties, and play a part in planning Igalia’s strategy with respect to advancing the web. And likely other things!
I’ll be honest, this is a pretty big change for me. I haven’t worked for anyone other than myself since 2003. But the last time I did work for someone else, it was for Netscape (slash AOL slash Time Warner) as a Standards Evangelist, a role I very much enjoyed. In many ways, I’m taking that role back up at Igalia, in a company whose values and structure are much more in line with my own. I’m really looking forward to finding out what we can do together.
If the name Igalia doesn’t ring any bells, don’t worry: nobody outside the field has heard of them, and most people inside the field haven’t either. So, remember when CSS Grid came to browsers back in 2017? Igalia did the implementation that landed in Safari and Chromium. They’ve done a lot of other things besides that—some of which I’ll be helping to spread the word about—but it’s the thing that web folks will be most likely to recognize.
This being my first day and all, I’m still deep in the setting up of logins and filling out of forms and general orienting of oneself to a new team and set of opportunities to make a positive difference, so there isn’t much more to say besides I’m stoked and planning to say more a little further down the road. For now, onward!