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

Author, public speaker, and coach for managers and leaders across the tech industry.