In 2019, the CGWire project made significant progress: dozens of studios tracked their plans with it, and 10 CG Schools adopted it for their student projects. This is great news, but the demand for new features and bug fixes increased. Because we wanted to keep on delivering the best product as possible, we decided to hire a Software Engineer to help us with improving Kitsu.
At the same time, Jean-Christophe, aka GoOz, a former employee of Cozy Cloud was leaving its company (Cozy was my previous venture). He was looking for new challenges, and one of his requirements was to work remotely. I asked former colleagues what they thought about him, and they all recommended him to me.
So, I contacted him and introduced him to the project and the animation industry. As a former video editor (hobby), he was sensible to the animation movie universe. Even better, our free and open-source stack based on Vue.js was very attractive to him. It was the opportunity to learn a trending framework while improving an application used in production that enhances the lives of its users. He enjoyed it too that we gathered a vibrant community of pipeline enthusiasts.
After a few more discussions, Gooz accepted our job offer! I’m glad to announce to you that he is now part of our team. You might have already noticed his first delivery: an improved website, more unit tests for the Kitsu frontend, a color picker for your annotations, and a quota page. We are now ready for 2020 to keep on delivering great features for Kitsu!