[Hi everyone, I announced this last week internally and am now moving it, unchanged, to the public forum. Welcome again, Mary!]
InnerHexers Everyone, you all know and love Mary (previously known as chipmanaged, short for micro(chip)managed, but now just @mary) such as from her classic guest post and even way before that, she was instrumental in pulling off Precommit-To-Recommit aka Beeminder’s New World Order which is the only change to Beeminder so far to have immediately, permanently, and single-handedly doubled revenue. And a million other things. She’s pretty brilliant and amazing and understands Beeminder arguably better than Bee and I do.
We wanted an excuse to work with Mary (not to mention befriend her in real life, which we did years ago) and finally got one recently due to her taking a bit of a break from academic philosophy. We’ve now made her “chief executive intern” and the goal is for her to become COO/CFO – managing projects, hiring, deciding what we can afford, etc. The main goal is helping us grow enough that we can say we have a COO/CFO with a straight face (though I’m not sure any company should use any title with “chief” in it with a straight face). Her work visa / university restrictions / whatever (she’s Canadian and a grad student at Brown) prevent her from officially having a job title like COO for now but it’s ok to say (even publicly [which, hey, this now is]) that that’s our intention.
(Oh yeah, and she has a bunch of business-y credentials that I won’t bore you with but suffice it to say we’re lucky to have this caliber of help! And being an academic philosopher makes her ridiculously fun to argue with, if you’re into that sort of thing. As I obviously am. So if you notice Mary and me writing novels to each other about the Platonic ideal of continuous beeminding or something, make sure to tell us to snap out of it! We’ve been all focused on real/immediate work so far, figuring out new task management systems, running the new year’s survivor contest, newbee onboarding, etc, and still having a ton of fun with it all. There’ll be time for the philosophical stuff later!)
Welcome to the Bee Team, Mary!