Life January 09, 2014

A new challenge

Ranging from improving one of the most well visited sites in Sweden to challenges in the "Big Data" space, and from working with iOS and Android apps to architecting a channel independent platform. Why I gave up freelancing and joined Expressen.

Last year I was contacted by Peter Frey. Peter had recently quit his job as CIO at Swedens largest news site to instead become the new CIO at Sweden's second largest news site, Expressen. His rather inspiring motivation: What could be more challenging than to compete with what he himself had been a part of creating?

As Expressen uses EPiServer CMS Peter was interested in talking to me regarding consulting. I was working on an amazingly fun project at the time. So, even though Expressen is the worlds largest EPiServer site and clearly interesting to work with, I wasn't very interested.

However, Peter and I decided that I would help him a few hours per week with interviewing other candidates, and with technical advice. During this time we got know each other a little better and I also got to know Jakob Wagner, Expressens head PO and general pantomath.

Gradually I also came to realize how many interesting things that could be done at Expressen and that there existed an amazing flora of interesting challenges for a developer. Ranging from improving one of the most well visited sites in Sweden to challenges in the "Big Data" space, and from working with iOS and Android apps to architecting a channel independent platform.

So, as we worked together we got to talking about me joining Expressen as technical head of development/lead developer/CTO. Although I thoroughly enjoyed freelancing the challenge of being able to be a part of a new development organization and having a more long term perspective was appealing. And so we decided that I would come and work for Expressen as a consultant for a few months and if both parties felt that it worked well I would later join the company.

It's been really, really fun and interesting so far. So, this Tuesday I signed an employment contract and I'm thoroughly enjoying this new challenge.

While we've gotten started we're still in the early stages of building a new, kick ass, development organization and we're looking for talented developers/coding architects. So, if you too are interested in a new challenge be sure to drop me a note at joel.abrahamsson@expressen.se.

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Joel Abrahamsson

Joel Abrahamsson

I'm a passionate web developer and systems architect living in Stockholm, Sweden. I work as CTO for a large media site and enjoy developing with all technologies, especially .NET, Node.js, and ElasticSearch. Read more

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