Steve Grunwell

Open-source contributor, speaker, and electronics tinkerer

Members of 10up's Arrested Development group enjoying tacos along Mission Beach in San Diego, California

Today is my last day at 10up

Just over two years ago, I joined 10up as a Senior Web Engineer. I was looking for an opportunity to stretch my skills on bigger clients with a larger team, and I’m extremely proud of what I’ve accomplished over the last 24 months.

In my tenure, I’ve moved from Senior Web Engineer to Engineering Manager, then back to Senior Web Engineer (the company re-structured and removed the EM role), and very recently was promoted to a Lead Web Engineer – a coveted position held only by a handful of 10up employees past and present, including Eric Mann and John Bloch.

Members of 10up's Arrested Development group enjoying tacos along Mission Beach in San Diego, California

The Arrested Development group in San Diego. Photo credit: Karine Do

10up afforded me opportunities to travel to places like Boulder, CO and Atlanta, GA for all-company meetups, as well as San Diego, CA (my new favorite city in California), Prince Edward Island, Canada (Northeast PHP), and Manhattan. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with some of the best engineers I’ve ever met from all over the world, which is an incredible opportunity that not many companies can offer.

For all these reasons and more, it saddens me to announce that today is my last day with 10up. Beginning Monday, I’ll be joining the team at a young company, Growella, as the Director of Technology. While it’s a big change for me, Growella also represents a tremendous, new opportunity for me to build a company from the ground up, developing not only software but a team of talented engineers.

I’m grateful to 10up for the last two years of opportunities and the support they’ve shown as I’ve chosen to pursue other ventures. I’m 100% serious when I say that working at 10up has been one of the best experiences of my career, and I’ll miss the friends I’ve made there dearly (fortunately, we’re already used to communicating through tools like Slack, so it won’t be a total change).

If you’re an engineer, project manager, designer, UX specialist, or generally interested in consulting work on a distributed team, I’d strongly recommend talking to 10up. Remote work is absolutely not for everyone (and I had my concerns when I joined), but for someone who is able to express ideas clearly in writing and doesn’t mind not having a physical watercooler to gather around (don’t worry, those interactions still happen in Slack), it can be a really freeing experience.


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  1. We’ll miss you! Keep in touch.

  2. Congratulations, Steve. Best of luck to you in your new venture.

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