Mobile Web at Etsy

Originally posted Dec 7, 2012

Today is my last day at Dyn. In a month I’ll be working at Etsy as their Engineering Manager of Mobile Web. I’ll help build a team and a strategy around optimizing Etsy’s website for mobile, partnering with their Mobile App and Web Performance teams. I am both sad about departing Dyn and excited about the new opportunity.

I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have a great run at Dyn. There are many, many things I’ve loved about my job: my phenomenal teammates, the really interesting and groundbreaking work we had the opportunity to do, my coworkers. I’ve never worked at a place with such a high concentration of effective and amazing people.

At Dyn I’ve had the opportunity to learn many, many new things. Without this experience I wouldn’t have had my first major speaking gigs, or had the privilege of building a team from scratch. I worked with really great managers as well, without whom I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

This isn’t a case of leaving a company or a job; this is a case of a dream opportunity. I’ve been a buyer on Etsy for years (I couldn’t tell you how many things I’ve purchased, it’s a LOT) and I’m the kind of user who visits the site so often that I can tell when I’m part of an A/B test. Etsy’s work at supporting women in tech is unparalleled. Building and leading a team is my favorite part of my current job and I am beyond thrilled to do the same at Etsy. Optimizing web sites across devices is a personal passion; making things accessible no matter what location, device, or Internet speed you’re on is one of my favorite things. This industry is changing so fast – there are new techniques developed every day for mobile web – and I am so excited to contribute to it at Etsy.

To my Dyn friends: I love you guys so much. I’ll miss you a ton, and I thank you so much for supporting me in this adventure. Etsy folks, I can’t wait to meet and work with you.

I have goosebumps, feel!

Lara Hogan

I’m an author, public speaker, and coach for managers and leaders across the tech industry. Previously VP of Engineering at Kickstarter, and Engineering Director at Etsy.

I champion management as a practice within the tech industry, and celebrating career achievements with donuts.