Come on! Work with me here!
by Troy Topnik

Troy Topnik, September 25, 2012

The ActiveState Editor ActiveState has posted a few jobs on our Careers page recently, and one in particular has caused some of my friends in the software world to ask me: "Isn't that what you do?"

Yes, this is indeed (much of) what I do, but there's a lot more to do than I can handle on my own. So, we're looking for someone to take over management of the ActiveState blog, whitepaper and article writing, and general editorial management.

Me? I get to dive back in to the work I like the best, which is product documentation. Sounds boring to most people, but it's what I like.

ActiveState has been very focussed for the past year and a half on building the best software for application development and deployment. Lots of hard work and good software engineering have gone into Stackato. What we need to do now is tell people about it, tell them how to use the software, and show them how using it can have a positive impact on their development workflow and application lifecycle management.

This is where you come in.

There are actually three positions open at the moment. They're all, broadly speaking, related to our goal of reaching out to the users and potential users of our software.

  • Technical Support Engineer: This was actually my first job at ActiveState and one that taught me loads. Supporting ActiveState products was a lot more interesting and enjoyable than other tech support jobs I'd had. The key difference was that I was dealing with developers who were, as often as not, much more knowlegeable about programming than I was. You can learn a lot in this job, and I've seen a number of people who have worn this hat at ActiveState go on to great things in the technology industry.

  • Technical Editor and Writer: We've jokingly called this position "Troy2" internally, but we're really looking for someone who can take our content delivery to the next level. You have to write and edit content for an audience that's highly allergic to bullshit. Developers and IT staff are a "tough room" but you've got some excellent technology to talk about, which makes it a lot easier.

  • Communications Director: This is well outside the areas of my expertise, but I have loads of respect for people who can do this well. Creating an effective PR strategy is critical to the success of a small company competing with giants in the industry.

  • So there it is, three awesome positons for three awesome people at one awesome company. I won't paraphrase the Careers page on all of the great reasons to come work with us, but I've been here ages and I still love it.

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As ActiveState's Technical Product Manager for Stackato, Troy Topnik is responsible for defining and prioritizing the product roadmap to build the best cloud platform for deploying applications. Since joining ActiveState in 2001, he has held roles in Technical Support, Training, and Technical Writing. He believes in documentation-driven development as a pragmatic path to a better user experience.


1 comments for Come on! Work with me here!

I'd love to, but I'm on the wrong continent! I will just content myself to be Another Satisfied Komodo User.