tl;dr For Recruiters

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Hello recruiter! Thanks for your email/message/etc. Here is my succinct guidance for you:

  • I am not looking for a role at a new employer right now. If my situation changes, I’ll update this page.
  • As I am not actively looking, only a superlative role would pique my interest.
  • Examples are (in decreasing order of interest):
    • To be a software engineering manager for at least 5 direct reports, ideally 10 or more. My comparative advantage is definitely in management and leadership (I have patents, so I am deeply technical too).
    • To be a definitive tech lead on a greenfield project that is unambiguously ambitious.
    • Everything else.
  • Aside from role, my areas of interest are:
    • Machine learning (and the more nebulous “AI”)
    • Backend systems and infrastructure
    • (Do not send “business logic” roles. I can spot those pretty quickly).
  • Send me the LinkedIn profile of the manager or executive I would report to, as well as the key peer employees I would interact most with.

If you have such a role that lines up with one of my areas of interest, please state so succinctly in an email of the form (as an example, I don’t mean it literally):

“Hello Peter, I hope your day is going well. I have a {software engineering manager, tech lead} role for you at {company X} that is focusing on {area of interest}. The project is about {pithy description}. Your manager would be {LinkedIn profile} and you would work closely with {LinkedIn profile}. If you are interested, please get back to me, I’d love to speak more with you!”

More info like this about me is available here, but alas that page is a bit out of date right now.