11 years ago

This month marks 11 years of connecting companies & talent through a little thing that started as a blog sidebar. Here’s a brief history.

To begin, let’s go back a little further than 11 years.

1998

Taught myself HTML. My first website was tremendously spectacular.

2003

Started blogging. Hand-coded entries initially, later MovableType.

March 2004

Redesign of cameronmoll.com goes live. One of those “went to bed and woke up the next morning” stories. That’s exactly how it happened. I launched the new design late at night, went to bed, woke up to a truckload of traffic from Mike Davidson, Dan Cederholm, Doug Bowman, Todd Dominey, and numerous others. In the ensuing months I’d become good friends with all of these and more. My career was on the cusp of taking off.

2005

By now I’d gained notoriety as a popular design blogger. Often companies would approach me with design opportunities and ask if I was interested. I’d usually decline, and without fail the very next question was, “Do you know anyone who is?” Eventually I figured it’d be helpful to make mention of the opportunity in the sidebar of my blog, such as “Susie Soandso is looking for a senior designer at Acme Inc, contact her <here> if interested.”

September 25, 2005

Debut of cameronmoll.com/jobs. Requests to mention jobs/gigs in my sidebar continue to increase. Entries are still hand-coded in MovableType.

2006

AuthenticJobs.com domain registered. Until writing this article, I didn’t even realize that the domain was in use before I secured it.

Sometime in 2006 I paid a Jonathan Linczak a small sum of money to bring my design to life, build a simple job posting backend, and integrate with PayPal for payment.

Authentic Jobs in 2005. This wasn’t the first iteration, but it’s close.

Some of you reading this remember the original design for Authentic Jobs. It’s crazy to think how many people have used it over the years. When I speak at web conferences, almost without fail I’m approached by someone who found a job or a new hire through Authentic Jobs. Totally humbled by this.

2007

Myles Grant joins Authentic Jobs in a moonlighting role. At the time he’s a Senior Engineer at Flickr. Today he’s a Principal Engineer at Slack, having stuck around with Stewart Butterfield all those years. Myles still does occasional work for Authentic Jobs but mostly functions in an advisory role. His contribution over the years has been nothing short of remarkable. His code still powers much of the site today.

Sometime in 2007, I think…

We establish an advisory board to help guide our decisions and provide greater exposure for postings. The caliber of individuals that agree to serve on the board is astonishing: Dan Cederholm, Greg Storey, Veerle Pieters, Jeff Croft, Roger Johansson, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Khoi Vinh, Elliot Jay Stocks, Sarah Parmenter, Jesse Bennett-Chamberlain. Each would come and go, and each played a vital role in helping Authentic Jobs become the leading job board for web and creative professionals.

2012

Adam Spooner joins Authentic Jobs as our first full-time hire. Unsurprisingly I suppose, I found him through a posting for Front-End Developer on Authentic Jobs. Adam would become, and remains, the best full-time hire I’ve ever made.

January 2014

Prior to a new hire joining our team (also found through eating our own dog food), I sat down and wrote 10 things I expect new hires to know on day one. It codifies everything we’d already been doing for nearly a decade. These 10 things would become our manifesto; our guiding principles. They remain in full force today.

September 2014

The Authentic Jobs community surpasses $100,000 raised for charity: water. This is one of the proudest moments of my career.

October 2014

We ditch our unlimited vacation policy in favor of a minimum vacation policy. Still in use today. Still in favor.

January 2015

Authentic Jobs joins Trinet and begins offering full benefits to employees. It’s been a great partnership by all accounts. One of the best small business owner decisions I’ve made, though one of the most intimidating decisions at the time. (Short version: your employees basically become Trinet employees.)

2016

Significant redesign launched, roughly two years in the making. Functionality and aesthetics are unified across nearly any size screen. Hardly anything is left untouched, both what’s visible and what’s not.

Authentic Jobs (September 2016)

September 2016

Here we are, 11 years later. Thousands of you have found jobs or hires through Authentic Jobs. Had you told me a sidebar on my blog would become a successful business that has provided for my family and countless others, I wouldn’t have believed it for a second.

Thanks a million for 11 terrific years. ❤️

My warmest regards,
Cameron


Please share your story in the comments or reach out to me on Twitter. I’d love to hear how Authentic Jobs has impacted you the past 11 years.

And of course, post a job or find one on the leading job board for web & creative professionals.