A weblog by Will Fitzgerald

Welcome, Tim Converse

Since the news is out about where Tim is going after he leaves Yahoo!, I’d like to welcome Tim Converse to Powerset. I’m looking forward to working with Tim again. We’ve had interesting working relationships in the past:

  • He worked for me writing code to parse RAP System execution code under C++,
  • I worked for him (and Joyce Park) doing webdev using Dynamorph, an unlamented language that preceded JSP and PHP and Ruby on Rails.
  • When he and Joyce were living a semi-entrepreneurial lifestyle in Chicago, I was a semi-advisor.

Since he left for the Bay area, I’ve had hopes that someday we might work together again. I didn’t expect that it would happen in this way, though, and I couldn’t be happier about it. His You still working on that? blogpost gave me my first inklings on how difficult, and how interesting, web search could be:

The real problem of web search is this: the user is going to type some incredibly random stuff into that search box there, and in response the engine should show the user about ten links, chosen from a set of four billion, that will make the user happy. (Tim later said he was only off by an order of magnitude or so).

It is remored that Tim will be responsible for developing the search engine for the upcoming lunar colony. (Imagined conversation. Dave: Open the pod doors, Hal. Hal: I’m sorry, Dave, I can’t do that. Too much spam). Well, enough silliness. Welcome, Tim!


2 responses to “Welcome, Tim Converse

  1. Tim Converse December 28, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    Heh. Thanks Will! Looking forward to it.

  2. Michael Hannemann December 29, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    I like the part of the Sugar Rae interview where Tim said he was sold by a very, very nice demo. Good for you guys!

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