Vercel – The Newest Chapter of My Life

I'll be joining the incredible team at Vercel to help build the future of web development.

by Steven Tey

I am very excited to announce that I will be joining the incredible team at ▲Vercel to help build the future of web development!

I've been an avid user of NextJS for a while now and the opportunity to help other developers build cool things with this framework is like a dream come true!

How It All Started

For me, accepting this offer was a no-brainer decision, but the path that led me to it was actually quite serendipitous.

Back in May, while working on Elegance, I accepted Guillermo Rauch's (CEO of Vercel) invitation to work on a really exciting freelance project with Vercel – the details of which are to be announced very soon.

Three weeks into the project, I received a term sheet for Elegance's pre-seed round.

I was overjoyed!

It's always been my dream to build my own startup, so I thought, "ok, I'll wrap up my project with Vercel and dive into Elegance full time!!"

Guillermo's Offer

However, last week, things took an unexpected turn.

I had a call with Guillermo, who suggested that I joined Vercel full-time instead and learn the following skills that would be invaluable when it comes to building a startup:

  • Hard skills like infra engineering, DevRel, E2E testing, enterprise SaaS, etc.
  • Soft skills like hiring & managing the best talent, negotiation techniques, etc.

I’ll also get the the opportunity to work directly with Vercel’s clients, a lot of which are Fortune 500 cos, and that will let me understand what their needs are and help me build a much better B2B product in the future.

The amount of growth potential is immense, not to mention it’ll be much easier it’ll be for me to raise at a better valuation later because of the skills, connections, and reputation that I would’ve built through this opportunity. This is really alluring for me at this stage of my career.

Saying "Yes"

Essentially, he made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

Two days later, I signed the offer and it became official – I'm now part of the Vercel family!

I would like to thank Guillermo for this amazing opportunity and Lee for being a wonderful mentor and guiding me through the trenches.

Special shoutout to Kevin for being super accommodating throughout the hiring process!

Last but not least, to those of you who are building with #NextJS, or if you're looking to learn how to build cool stuff with #NextJS – my Twitter DMs are always open!

Whether it's a question about SWR, or a feature request for the Vercel team, I'd love to hear from you!

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