Some bittersweet news about hmehta (me)
After 8 exciting years of learning, growing and eating a lot of butter chicken with the Topcoder Community, I can proudly say I have learned and grown a lot being a part of this community. And with that I have a bittersweet news to share with you all - I've made one of the most difficult decisions in my life to take an exciting next step in my career. I will be leaving Topcoder as an admin, but continue being a contributor and member for life.
First of all, Thank You Topcoder!
I have worked with some of the amazing people in the past 8 years, and have endless gratitude for all of the challenges, opportunities, fun and learnings. I have always emphasised and would mention this again, you will only grow more within a community. There is no doubt I have been the biggest utilizer of that. Not only the amazing team, but the variety of great members who taught me and inspired me a lot. Topcoder as a community has nurtured so many of us in so many ways. I am just very thankful to have been introduced to it 13 years back.
There’s a lot we have accomplished and more to come:
8 years is a long time, in fact, 13 years, from knowing Topcoder, being a member, competitor, admin, and loving Topcoder, TCOs and the community day and night. A lot was accomplished, new things launched, a lot was fixed, and a lot of conversations, fun and growing relationships!
This is not the end, there are many more interesting changes coming up at Topcoder, more work and working styles suiting your needs, more learning opportunities and more opportunities to have fun and meet new people.
SRM, MM and now RDMs and Skill Builders as well are a big part of the future of Topcoder: You must have seen me and the team passionately loving and doing all that we can to keep competitive programming at Topcoder to its standards. And, I can proudly say and inform you, that the whole company leadership realizes this and competitive programming has a great future at Topcoder. A lot of new changes are coming with a great focus and future in mind to make competitive programming exciting like Topcoder did when it introduced SRMs 21 years ago. Checkout the calendar for the upcoming matches.
The leadership team has new focus areas under Subha (new interim CEO). There is a super solid strategy to make the member onboarding and experience something every developer would like. And the effort everyone in the team is putting into achieving it every day is inspiring. Jessie and I have discussed over a million amazing things over the years and we both know most of them would be possible to execute with the new focus the team has.
So what am I going to do and why…
I started at Topcoder as a Technology Evangelist and didn’t know anything about community building. In my time here at Topcoder, I learned a lot from mentors like Jessie, Adam, Mess, Sumit, Ritesh, Tony, Maryam, Greg, many more teammates and members who patiently provided their feedback helped me understand them and their needs. Big thanks to everyone for all the opportunities I got to support and grow the community. Major credit goes to Jessie as she helped me grow a lot in my career with all the support and opportunities.
Now to learn more and try new things, I am heading to manage a developer community as the Senior Community Manager, concentrating on initiatives such as user groups, building their local communities, and outreach.
Wait… again, I'm not leaving the Topcoder community and will stay on as a member and contribute in any way possible to the growth and success of the community that helped me be what I am today!
Will miss you all and thank you all for being a part of this journey and making it the one to remember!
Wish the best for everyone and hope to see you on the leaderboard!