Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Web Architecture Consultant specializing in open source frameworks.

10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Denver Tech Meetup, Consulting Panel and My Jobs Timeline

If you live in Denver and are involved in open source (or simply technology in general), you should make it a point to attend tonight's Denver Tech Meetup. I'm planning on going for about an hour. From there, I'm heading over to the DeRailed User Group for a Consulting Panel at 8. If you're interested in moving from a full-time position to contracting, you should come. This is open to the public, so anyone can attend.

While I was thinking about things to talk about on the panel tonight, I started reflecting on the jobs I've had in my almost-11-year career in technology. Here's my timeline since college:

  1. 1997: Full-time at MCI Systemhouse
  2. 1998: Contractor for IBM Global Services (6 figures w/in 6 months of graduating!)
  3. April 1999 - April 2001: Full-time for eDeploy.com (Friday lunches rocked)
  4. May 2001 - October 2001: Contractor for Douglas County (introduced to Ant, Struts, etc.)
  5. January 2002 - November 2002: Contractor for OnPoint Digital (100% remote)
  6. December 2002 - August 2003: Contractor for Comcast Media Center
  7. August 2003 - October 2003: Contractor for ResortQuest
  8. November 2003 - June 2004: Contractor for Adams County
  9. June 2004 - August 2004: Contractor for Open Logic
  10. October 2004 - December 2004: Contractor for Oak Grove Systems
  11. January 2005 - May 2005: Contractor for Xcel Energy
  12. June 2005 - January 2007: Contractor for Virtuas
  13. February 2007 - June 2007: Contractor for Checkerboard
  14. July 2007 - Present: Contractor for LinkedIn

Phew - that's 14 jobs in 11-ish years! Notice that I've only ever had 2 full-time positions. So far, I have no regrets and really enjoy being a consultant. If you're interested in learning more about how I started Raible Designs or how I get contracts, you might want to read the following posts.

If you live in Denver and want to learn more - show up at the The Hive at 8:00 tonight.

Update June 2008: My 3rd full-time gig started in May. Now I'm the Lead UI Architect at LinkedIn.

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