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Full Time Developer

Today’s a pretty exciting day for me.

Just under 9 months ago, I joined WooThemes as a WooCommerce support ninja. It was an exciting and nervous time. I’d never done full-time work for anyone but myself before, but I was ready for the challenge and excited to be a part of something (much) bigger than my own ideas and aspirations.

When I started, I was a mediocre developer at best. I’d released several plugins, all of which worked but none of which were amazing. The code I write today is still not the best it could be. I’m only as good as my last commit. But I’m getting better. And I can confidently say that I would not be where I was today if it wasn’t for the last 9 months doing support.

I was given a unique opportunity to help grow WooCommerce exponentially, at the ground floor, interacting with the users that matter the most, solving the problems that hurt us the most and learning things that would impact me the most. I proudly built 5 official extensions in that time, got the chance to do bug fixes and add features to pretty much all of the extensions I supported, and happily contributed to WooCommerce itself many times, even making it into the top contributors for 2.3.

But more importantly, I learnt. A lot. And now, thanks to Warren & Gerhard at Woo, I’ll get to keep learning and have the chance to push myself further in a new role as a developer on our team.

I’ve always been interested in the product side of things, but I’m far more excited about the impact I will get to have in this position. Rather than my impact being measured in the thousands of users, it will measured in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions. I can’t wait to get started.

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