A Fresh Start

Skye Freeman


August 22, 2022

It's been a while since I last shared a professional update. I've been feeling like it was long overdue for an update of some kind, in addition to a "re-launch" of this website (along with a fresh new domain and a ground-up rebuild, which I'll discuss separately 🙂). Here's a quick TLDR of what I've been working on for the past 5 years:

  1. From 2017 to 2019 I worked on the Commerce Engineering team at Venmo. I helped ship some awesome stuff, like:
    1. The first version of the "Venmo Card" iOS integration.
    2. Worked with the wider PayPal organization in bringing "Pay With Venmo" into the realm of checkout payment experience options.
    3. Generally helped improve the shopping and external payment experience of the Venmo iOS app.
    4. Built some internal tools that I think are still in use today under the hood.
  2. From August 2019 to July of 2022 I worked on a number of engineering teams at Affirm, culminating in the iOS Platform team. I was a part of the team's insane growth through pre to post IPO, and got the chance to work on a number of things:
    1. Helped scale the iOS team and codebase from 6 engineers to nearly 30.
    2. Shipped the first version of the iOS Savings experience (Affirm's first non-loan product).
    3. Led a ground up rewrite of the app launch architecture.
    4. Worked on internal iOS tools, infrastructure and architecture. Helped build and maintain the CI/CD and app release automation suite.
    5. Led the initial mobile international project, getting the iOS and Android apps ready for international expansion.

Which abruptly brings me to today. I left Affirm in the middle of July, and have been experiencing some time off. I absolutely loved my time at Affirm, but had been feeling that it was time for a step back. Why? To put it bluntly: burnout. Being in a hyper connected, cross-time zone, platform engineering role takes a very real mental toll. Especially during a global pandemic.

For now, I'll be taking a break from full-time employment, enjoying the rest of the summer, and taking some time to recalibrate.

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