Time to announce my new job: I’m joining Google! My role will be Developer Relations Program Manager for the Nordics.
When I decided to move on from Mozilla I contemplated a number of options & possibilities, finding the best match for what I want do and how I can best do that.
I’ve always loved helping developers create good things, through teaching, inspiring and supporting but also – which is key – listening to their needs and see how I can assist in any way possible.
After thinking it through I decided that Google, with all their great products, services, tooling and people, but also pushing the web further, would be the best place for my future adventures!
And, seeing all the great improvements with Android Lollipop and how web apps move closer to being first-class citizens on mobile, I’d love to be a part of that happening! Not to mention Chrome, where Chrome for Mobile alone has gotten 100 million more users in the last five months!
My role at Google
Starting in January next year, I’ll be heading Google’s Developer Relations efforts in the Nordic region, which I’m really excited about! It’s a thriving part of the world with so many great developers and companies, and also an amazing startup scene. I look forward to spending a lot more time in making that even better!
I’ll be working closely with the local developer scenes and the Google Developer Groups (GDGs) and Google Developer Experts (GDEs) around the Open Web, Chrome, Android and other Google products, and I’ll be located in the Google office in Stockholm.
I also hope to bring my international experience covering the entire world at Mozilla with understanding developers, contexts, challenges and possibilities, into both my regional work as well as Google on a global scale.
A major perk of joining Google is also getting to work with a bunch of great and very talented people. Just to name a few:
- Paul Kinlan
- Paul Lewis
- Jake Archibald
- Addy Osmani
- Matt Gaunt
- Rob Dodson
- Paul Irish
- Paul Bakaus
- Peter Lubbers
- Sam Dutton
- Chris Wilson
- Peter Beverloo
- Ade Oshineye
- Ilya Grigorik
- Dimitri Glazkov
(I’m certain I’m forgetting some names here, it’s not intentional)
…and about a 100 people more in various areas of Google who I know. 🙂
I have a bunch of exciting ideas and initiatives moving forward, so I strongly recommend staying in touch with me and follow what I do:
Here’s to developers creating great things and the exciting future we’re moving into!
Congratulations Robert (and Google 🙂 )
Thank you! 🙂
Well… well… uhh… Many Congrats, sir! 🙂 Wish you all the best!
Thanks Gabi! Keep on rocking those conferences!
Hmm. You miss that “some special” at Mozilla and join Google??? Good luck.
It was time for me to move onto a new challenge, yes.
Best Wishes Robert! 🙂
Although I understand Google offering some very interesting perks, I’d not join them. Maybe it’s because they violate privacy. Maybe it’s because they’re so big!
I tend to want to push a more balanced market on the web.
Mozilla won the fight against Microsoft back then. Now you want to push the duopolity Apple + Google on the mobile market?
Well, it’s your choice, after all.
I just want to tell you my concerns.
Thanks for your thoughts. I want a number of players on a competitive market, and I believe that applies to Google too. My part here is to continue, and help Google, to work hard on making developers build for the open web and also offer a mobile operating system that’s open source.
Ah man. I wish I’d known you were looking.
Sorry, Josh. I’d love to work with you one day, somewhere! 🙂
Congratulations. Glad to know that you will still helping developers but now from Google. Good luck in your career.
Thank you Teylor!
Good luck and have fun out there.
Looking forward to meeting you in Stockholm. Lots of good stuff to push forward in the developers community.
Hi, that sounds great! Hope to meet you soon!
Great news 🙂 Enjoy !
Congrats and Godspeed!
Congratulations Robert! I hope you won’t be restricted to the Nordic countries though 😉
Thank you, Sander! To start with, that will be my main region but I plan on working closely with the overall relations team around Chrome and more on a grander scale as well.
I’ll do my best. 🙂
Congrats to you Robert, to developers out there and to myself as finally there’s someone @ G’s dev relations who’ll know our bridge for IoT & mobile 🙂
Ha ha, thanks Alex! 🙂
Congrats! and yes Google is one place to dream working for..
Thank you! And I hope so! 🙂
Awesome decision. Best of luck. Great addition to Google Sweden. And you know, thinking about your Nordic.js speech in hindsight, one could almost tell this was about to happen 😉
Thank you, Martin!
I wonder about Nordic.js, though, and how you’d say that. Feel free to e-mail me and tell me more! robert [at] robertnyman [dot] com
Congrats, Robert! Best of luck in your new endeavor! I know you’ll keep giving to bettering the web, as you always did!
Thanks, I’ll do my best!
Ho what a surprise !
Congratulations Robert !
Thank you very much!
Congrats Rob and wish you a very very good luck in Google. 🙂 Hope to work with you soon in Google 🙂
Thank you, and sounds good!
congrats && wish you a very good luck to chase your dreams 🙂
Congrats, Robert! What a surprise. I knew you back then when I started my career as developer and you were the face of MozHacks and so much more. I hope this chapter of your book turns out great.
Thank you very much, Alejandro!
And now, at last, I know who to call when I want someone to come to Borås and talk about Go, Dart and other wonderful things 😉
Thanks! And, ha ha, no. 😉
I think I am kind of glad you left Mozilla because it seems like you were one of those who use it as a stepping stone and never were really passionate or believed in what we do.
Such a shame
Sorry you feel like that. I was hoping that the years I contributed in the community before joining Mozilla, and then the three and a half years at Mozilla producing tons of materials in the name of Mozilla in blogs, documentation, feedback channels and more – and not on my personal blog – plus defending Mozilla and its products around the clock would’ve given you another impression and perspective.
Additionally, as a friendly advice for giving feedback, it would be appreciated not to get a sweeping & anonymous comment.
Congratulations, Robert, well done. Google is lucky.
Thank you very much!
That was fast, only a bit more than a month ago you told me that it was probably time to move, but it did not sound as everything was already prepared 🙂
Not sure exactly when we met, but probably just when I was in the stage of finalizing my move.
We met at the Fuseco Forum in Berlin on the 15th of november.
See you in Stockholm.