Rebecca Murphey

Rebecca Murphey

Software Engineer | Austin, TX

Why do you love working at Bazaarvoice?

I sought out the chance to work at Bazaarvoice because I really wanted to be working with a whole bunch of smart people.

I had worked at lots of jobs in the past where I was one of the smartest people in the room. Not that I'm brilliant or anything! It was just kind of how it worked out, and I really wanted to be around people who would challenge me and who knew more about other things than I did. And I have definitely, definitely found that here. And that's not just a line, that's true.

What do you think differentiates Bazaarvoice from other companies?

There are a tiny handful of companies that you can go and work with the same level of JavaScript talent that we have. Again, I'm not making that up - we just have some of the best and brightest in my area of expertise.

I don't know how true it is across other teams, but I know that when people are making a decision about where to go, our team is a really compelling part of the story. We've actually assembled this critical mass of people who are really good to be around.

What’s your proudest technical accomplishment to date?

I have seen this product that I work on grow from 50 million pageviews to 500 million pageviews in one year. I’m really proud to actually get to participate in all the challenges associated with a product that grows 10X in 12 months.

What’s your career experience?

I'd always been interested in computers and Internet and the web. I started dabbling in the web and making websites for people. My first real job doing things with the Internet and computers was in 2006 when I started working at an agency that did consulting work making websites and web ads for large companies.

I did my own consulting for a few years, and that was really fun and really hard. You spend 40-50% of your time just doing BizDev, figuring out where that next work is going to come from, and making sure that you have a pipeline of people who want to pay you money.

What extra-curricular tech activities do you participate in?

One of the reasons that I moved to Austin is because they have such a good tech scene relative to where I was. I participate pretty regularly in the Austin JavaScript Meetup. I've spoken at it and I try to go to it pretty much every month. That's one of the reasons that I moved here is that it’s just so much better relative to what was going on in North Carolina.

I'm also pretty active in the larger JavaScript communities, speaking at a lot of conferences. I was flown to Berlin for the JavaScript Conference in Berlin - JSConf EU is what it's called – and that was pretty cool. I've spoken in Berlin, Amsterdam, and the UK and lots of places all over the U.S. too.

Open Source-wise, I maintain a project called js-assessment which is a tool for assessing people's JavaScript skills.

Tell us one interesting fact about you

I rode my bicycle from Maine to North Carolina, and I was headed to Austin but never got there. I was seriously planning on riding my bike to Austin from Maine. I just got distracted in North Carolina and never made it!

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