Back in March 2011, I was managing a team of eight hyper-talented journalists for an emerging markets news service called FT Tilt.

FT Tilt was the latest – and ultimately, the last – adventure in what had been an exciting career at the Financial Times, which I joined as a graduate trainee in the fall of 2006.

That March, FT Tilt was only two months old, the future was bright, and Noah Brier had just deferred a planned breakfast meeting due to a bout of SXSW flu.

Noah and I had been introduced over email by a former FT colleague who believed in “connecting people who live at the intersection of technology and media”. (Thanks, Kevin!)

[As an aside, I’d started using an early version of Percolate one month prior – in February – on the recommendation of William Owen of Made by Many]

When we finally met, we spent 90 coffee-fuelled minutes talking about everything from project management software to the crazy awesomeness of Red Bull Island.

That breakfast turned into another, and then another, until we were meeting about once every month to talk media, technology, product launches, managing teams, bug reporting protocol, javascript, hash bangs, hot sauce and, inevitably, project management software.

And then, in October, the FT decided to close Tilt down – and I decided to leave the company. And so it was that at our next “coffee talk”, in December, Noah popped the question: “so, how’d you like to come work for Percolate?”

At the time I was ‘in talks’ with other media companies about reporting and editing positions, and also contemplating academia. (Moving back to the Caribbean was another option, and a much longer story.)

But Noah’s offer was intriguing. In my (recently-past) life as an FT journalist, I’d combined blogging, reporting and editing with project and product management. I loved being a part of “the future of media” as much as I loved reporting on complex financial products (seriously). And I was always happiest when I managed to combine the two, working first on FT Alphaville and then on FT Tilt.

Which is another way of saying that I was, and am, an unabashed geek and a lover of words with a blogging habit that stretches back to the dark ages of blink tags and uploading HTML files to FTP servers.

And I absolutely wanted to work for a company that lived at the intersection of technology and media, that cares deeply about hiring good people, and that  –  yes, this matters – has excellent project management habits. A commitment to health and community certainly don’t hurt.

So I said yes to Noah’s question. And now – after some wrangling with US immigration services – I work with a team of awesome developers, one phenomenal designer, an amazing client experiences manager and a properly impressive sales team. And, of course, with Noah and James.

Percolate is all about helping brands be interesting at social scale. In my new role, I work with everyone on the team to help us achieve this goal – with the developers to build products our clients will love; with our designer to make these products beautiful; with the business team to understand where the market is going and what we need to do to anticipate and fulfill clients’ needs.

And I get to edit the Percolate blog. So if you spot any typos – in this post or anywhere else –  let me know.

PS: it’s absolutely true that journalists and developers are very similar, though programmers drink more beer. Ask me all about it at the next likemind event.