June 12, 2005 was one of the most important days of my life. It was the day I joined Flip Media and it has been 4 years since then. I can still remember how excited I was after my interview with Dinesh and Martin. Back then the office was smaller and so was the team. First thing I did when I got a call for interview was check their portfolio on the website and was really impressed.
So, what is so good about this place that I consider it to be one of the most important things that has happened to me?
On my first day I was asked if I wanted a laptop or a desktop or a mac. I had seen macs but had never used one. So I opted for a desktop with dual LCD monitors. Now I hate to work without a mac, thanks to Dinesh :). I had an impression that people would be snobbish, but my presumptions were wrong. Everyone was very friendly and I felt very comfortable in no time. Till now I don’t remember my bosses telling me to just do something. I was always asked if something was possible and how much time I would need. Now, don’t get me wrong. These people have been in the industry for a long time and are real geeks. They know their stuff. But I was given the freedom to do the way I wanted. If they wanted something to be different than how I would do it, they would come and discuss even the most trivial stuff and explain in detail why and how. This is something that helped me grow personally as well as technically. It dramatically changed how I approach problems and the overall web application development.
Flip’s work used to be mostly on Microsoft platform, but there were a couple of sites running on Mambo and WordPress. Dinesh has been a supporter of open source and had been advocating the adoption of LAMP stack instead of ASP. In a short time, the focus shifted to PHP. I used to program in ASP before I started in PHP and haven’t looked back since then. Well, I could just keep writing about everything that makes me love Flip, there is lot to tell, but it will get very lengthy.
And last but not the least about the Product Development Team which develops the CMS and other products. I have really enjoyed working with the whole team, Yogesh, Lijeesh, Sheeban and especially Imthiaz. We got an award for Best Buddies at the X-Mas Party :). We have had lengthy discussions, arguments and sometime fights but no regrets, we all have a passion for writing good code and it was only to make the products better.
It would be extremely unfair if I didn’t thank my wife for her patience and support when I have to work very late, sometimes it goes on for weeks.
I still feel this is just the beginning and we have a long way to go.