Today was my last day at Time Warner Cable.
When I started in 2010, a very distant seven years ago, we were taking our first tentative footsteps in the realm of IP video. Netflix was surging in popularity and released its first streaming-only package that fall. Time Warner Cable introduced its iPad app a couple of months later, featuring live cable TV on infrastructure that I had the privilege of helping to design and operate. Our efforts were honored at the 2011 Emmy Awards with an Engineering Certification, alongside Comcast's efforts in video-on-demand on their iPad app.
In the years since, I've had the pleasure of being involved in Time Warner Cable's IP video project from the video-on-demand side, growing it from a very tiny catalog (processed manually) to the impressive fully automated catalog you can see in our mobile apps today.
I didn't know, in 2010, that I'd play a role in making IP video mainstream, to help build a landscape where the ability to play content on a mobile device is just assumed. I didn't expect for my automations to be responsible for the delivery of thousands of video-on-demand and advertising assets a day. While my work didn't save any lives or prevent climate change, it was and will continue to be a part of the television viewing experience for over 12 million people.
It's been a crazy seven years and I've had the privilege of sharing the ops trenches with some of the most talented people I've ever known. I've been fortunate to have amazing managers who supported me through some tough personal times and helped me do a lot of growing up. I can honestly say that I am a better person for having been part of Time Warner Cable and I'm very proud of what we were able to accomplish.
I honestly don't know what's next for me. I'm going to take a bit of time off to get my bearings and maybe reconnect with my photography which has languished in the last couple years. Then we'll see what the future holds.