Too bad Amazon isn’t looking for Web performance gurus. They are a great company and I tried to get in there for a long time, but gave up.
My problem is that I am a Web performance generalist and evangelist. No one wants vague job titles. They want 10 years of experience in analyzing Web performance data with 20 years of Web development and 30 years of SQL expertise.
I have three skills that I value and find far more interesting than hard qualifications: intelligence, the ability to listen and a weird non-linear way of looking at the world.
So, what am I looking for? Last month, I issued a challenge to the world to challenge me. That is what I am seeking — an organization that will let me carve a clear and recognized path through the morass of Web performance without being restricted by a marketing "vision" or a value proposition.
An organization that will allow me to help a company like Amazon understand why they are all over the news these days, and help them make that issue disappear. Amazon and their peers are great companies that do not need to have their very limited, but very public, Web performance glitches leveraged into marketing fodder.
I will still buy from Amazon; but I want to make them better. I would love to be a part of an organization that wants to HELP companies like Amazon stay on top in e-business and drive Web performance to new levels, not quarterly targets.
So, what does that mean? It means that I want to be a part of an organization that inspires me. And what inspires me?
- Clear corporate vision
- Profitability and a dedication to research
- A willingness to develop a Web performance evangelism team
- A holistic view of Web performance and its technology and business repercussions
- Having a platform to discuss Web performance with my peers who think about this every day.
Do you have it? Are you an Amazon? Are you better? Do you understand that being ok is not enough? SHow me your passion. Convince me that there are really people who think that Web performance will make or break companies.