Bye, FreeWheel

0710月,我结束了在加州Bosch半年的实习,回北京毕业加上找工作。那时候在四个大大小小的公司实习过,做过悠闲的螺丝钉也做过996的接地气创业公司。找工作的时候想的倒也简单:找个不怎么加班的创业公司(现在想想这还真挺难)。在9#上看到Di的一篇招工文,就懵懵懂懂的来了FreeWheel开始实习,写Ruby on Rails

刚来不久就发现其实还是要加班的。07年底的时候想上线1.0版本,于是在办公室附近订了几个旅馆房间,员工都干到半夜十二点然后去住那里。我那会儿还实习,一周只上两三天班,但也有幸体验了一两次。还好事实证明之后的这些年里,我需要加班的时候并不多。

那会儿我做的第一个功能是用户登录和权限控制。当时我的感觉是这你们都让实习生做,也是挺敢的。弄了几周做出来了,还附赠了一个巨简陋的登录后首页。没想到那首页一用就用了五六年。现在美化过的版本还是隐隐有当年的影子。

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5 Years

My contract started on 12/17/2007. Though I had been working as an intern for a few months before that, the official date is still an easy way to remember. It’s like the marriage certificate date.

In this fast-changing industry, it may not seem usual to work 5 years straight in a company. But I do see lots of old friends around here, who have been with FreeWheel for 3 or 4 years or longer than me. It’s comforting and heartwarming to see them.

When I joined FreeWheel, I didn’t imagine I would switch from a web developer to an integration engineer, then to a technical service specialist/manager. It was also a surprise to me that I lived in NYC now, so different from California, my 1st impression on US. And I love this great great city.

Thanks FreeWheel for all these experiences and opportunities. See you on the road!

Story Telling

一位青年想看星球大战,尤其想在家里电视上随时看。

买盗版DVD/正版蓝光,这是中国/美国普通青年。

找怀旧电影院/酒吧看,这是文艺青年。

创办一家科技公司,管理广告投放播放权等等一堆乱七八糟的事儿,然后把服务卖给各大媒体公司和各大视频网站,最后可以用X种交费方法在Y种设备上免费看带20分钟广告的版本。。。这就是贵司的story,什么青年我就不说了。

 

An American Weird Game

Learned that on today’s FreeWheel 5-year anniversary party(hooray~)

Get an inflated balloon. Bite a small hole on it do air can come out, then immediately put your mouth on the hole and inhale as much as possible. Now SPEAK! You will find your voice becomes very weird… Like a baby.

It’s probably because the balloon increased the air pressure in your lung. But it remains mystery to me that how Americans invented this game and why it’s popular here…

Btw, Chris showed us he can bite balloon to make it explode one after another, like nothing happened! Monster!

Talked with a few ppl, and found the funny voice was not from pressure, but from Helium. See here.

上周在FreeWheel清华宣讲会上的发言稿

自己转载一下,现场是用中文讲的,内容有不少出入。更多人的发言稿请看这里

FreeWheel is my first job, and I have been working here for almost 3 years. Before joining here, I did internships at five other companies, including huge ones such as IBM and Bosch as well as small start-ups. Experiences with various companies told me I should work in a good start-up, and FreeWheel is the one. From my individual experiences at FreeWheel, I would like to state a few advantages to work here:

Fresh challenges. I started my job in the UI group without any Ruby on Rails experience. After two years I was transited to the Video Integrations group to work on ActionScript and Flash, another totally new field for me. Recently, I began a rotation program to work as a Sales Engineer, flying between New York and Beijing to help build a bridge and exchange knowledge. As a Sales Engineer, I have more direct communication with clients, which is precious practice for me.

Real and fast. When I worked in a big research lab of a huge company, I found my project probably would go to nowhere after six to twelve months. But at FreeWheel, the codes you’re writing today will sometimes be released several days later to satisfy eager clients, and will be running on some of the biggest video sites in US. This is totally thrilling.

Working closely with US people. Why do Silicon Valley and so many great companies exist in the US? In my opinion, a very root reason is the nature of the American culture and entrepreneurial spirit. By working with US people, we can learn from them about this.

Nice environment. Besides boosting and showing your own personal value, our company is also a very nice and flexible place to work. We’re in very good business district. Our office is nice. Food is awesome. And you can find lots of friends to play with. (For board game, contact me please…)