Pursuing a New Opportunity

I hate the process of moving. Its one of the times in life where teleportation, transmogrification and The Force would really come in handy. But as much as I dislike it, I’m actually looking forward to doing it this time because of the exciting opportunities that lie ahead. Last week I accepted an offer to join The Nerdery in Bloomington, Minnesota. And about a month from now, I’ll be moving there to start the new job — up there in the Land of [Frozen] Lakes.

Why Minnesota?

For several years now, we’ve been wanting to move out of Texas. Somewhere closer to family, maybe. Or maybe a place with lots of trees. Or maybe to a place with mountains – or the beach. Actually, we weren’t sure where we wanted to go, but we’ve kept an open mind. We never really targeted Minnesota, but when the opportunity at The Nerdery came along, we took a long hard look at Minnesota and the more we thought about it, the more appealing it became. Yes, I know its cold there. Its cold in a lot of places. I have family in the area (I lived in Minnesota during my elementary school years before we moved to Texas) so its not a completely foreign place — to me, at least. In addition to being close to some family members, we are looking forward to lots of outdoor activities like hiking, camping, tubing, skiing and generally a slower pace of life. And yes, snow.

The Nerdery

Working at a place with outstanding company culture is huge for me. That was one of the “must have” items on my list and The Nerdery definitely embodies that. This is from the The Nerdery Profile Page on LinkedIn:

Based on staff surveys of nearly 200 web pros who blur the line between work and play, The Nerdery ranked #1 on Mpls-St. Paul Business Journal’s 2010 Best Places to Work list. A popularity contest? You bet. We’re also #6 on Minneapolis Star Tribune’s 2010 Top Workplace list. Founded by three programmers in 2003, The Nerdery has made the Inc 5000 and Biz Journal’s Fast 50 list of fast-growing privately owned companies for the past three years. The Nerdery was honored in 2010 with The Quality of Life Award and The Jefferson Award for corporate philanthropy/nerdy-deeds-done-dirt-cheap through our Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, at which volunteers have donated a million dollars worth of web development services to 39 nonprofits.

I’ll be working as a UX Designer on the User Experience Team. I’m really looking forward to joining a talented band of professionals and working on exciting web projects and expanding my skills on projects like mobile and social media applications.

These are some pretty big changes, but we, as a family, are excited about the opportunities to grow, learn and experience new things. If you have any tips for living in arctic climates or any suggestions for exploring the greater Minneapolis-St.Paul metropolitan area, please do share.

13 Comments

  1. Geof Harries says:

    When you have young kids, nothing beats being close to family! We’ve done almost six years by ourselves with family stretched out across the country. Over the past few months, my in-laws have been living in the same town as us due to the arrival of two new babies. It’s been wonderful. I don’t want to go back to having no family nearby :(

    Minnesota is a beautiful state. It really is, with all those trees, lakes, rivers and actual winter. All four seasons is a good thing.

    Congrats on the new gig, I’m sure you’ll love it.

  2. Jared says:

    Best of luck up there! Sounds like a great job. Texas is still going to miss you, though.

  3. AJ Schuster says:

    Wow! You’ll be a Texan no more!

    This is really cool, Chuck, and that looks like a great place to work. Best of luck!

  4. Aaron says:

    Good luck, c-huck. It was awesome getting to know you, and I hope you’ve been practicing to use the word “pop” over of “coke”.

  5. Andrew says:

    Congratulations and good luck! Have fun with that little detail in life called state income tax. :)

  6. Matt Donovan says:

    Dude! That’s my old stompin grounds! Still go to Minneapolis at least once a year. Sounds like a great opportunity. Congrats, my friend.

  7. Matt Donovan is one of my best buds. Look me up if you need any help! Here’s an early “Welcome to MN”.

  8. Alan says:

    Congrats! That is a big step and I hope it all works out.

  9. Congrats, Chuck! Enjoy the great white north!

  10. Cheryl Tholen says:

    Aw Chuck, we are so excited for all of you, but hate to see y’all leave Texas. We wish all of you the best and know that y’all will have a great time in Minnesota. You know and we know that the cold is not that hard to deal with, anymore so than the heat in Texas. We love all of you and certainly wish y’all the best.

  11. chuck says:

    Thanks for the congrats and encouragement, everyone.

    Matt- thanks for the introductions. :)

  12. David Simmer says:

    Yeah, welcome! The Nerdery is awesome, and really, so is the whole design/dev community in the Twin Cities. Looking forward to meeting you IRL.

  13. Congrats Chuck! Great to hear and best of luck to you, a great opportunity & change. All the best to you and your family.