This is a post I shared on Facebook on May 10th 2016:
So back in the fall of 2014 I was wrapping up my fourth year at Amazon.com working in Kindle. I was starting to think I should look for something new to help me grow my career. That’s when a friend of a friend in the company reached out to me to ask if I wanted to join a new project in Amazon Video to open up self-service video publishing. I was intrigued but wasn’t sure if this was really going to be the thing I was looking for.
Well on the way home that I heard a story on NPR about the Toronto Film Festival. The big call out was that in Hollywood woman in directorial/producer roles only make up a single digit percent, but at the TFF they made up something like 20ish percent. The story went on to talk about how festivals open the door for diversity and it was on the car ride it hit me – I could help do the same.
So with all that, I’m happy to say that a year and a half later, many meetings, lots of code, lots of coffee (and recently lots of weekends) our little project is finally out and about.