Hello, I’m kjozwiak (Kamil)!
I was born in Poland but only lived there for about two years as my parents wanted to escape communism so they could provide a better life for their kids. We moved to Germany but due to the political hostilities at the time, they decided to move to Spain. We lived there for about four years before moving to Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Because we weren’t a family with a lot of means when we first moved to Canada, our family didn’t get a computer until pretty late in my life. However, it was just a matter of time until I fell in love with computers and spent most of my childhood in front of one learning as much as I could.
I ended up taking Computer Programming and Computer Networking at school and started my first job as phone support for a popular printer company. After a few weeks, I realized that there was no future at the company and started looking for a better job until I found a QA position for a backup software company. I learned a lot working there as I was doing several different jobs and worked with a distributed team. After about four years, the company ran into financial issues and ended up closing. Because Windsor, Ontario doesn’t really have a lot of tech jobs and remote work wasn’t really a thing at the time, my wife (girlfriend at the time) and myself decided to move to Toronto where there were more opportunities for the both of us in terms of work.
The second QA job was for a company that made cameras for taxi cabs. I was the only QA and was responsible of making sure that the software that extracted videos for authorities when crimes occurred actually worked which was a bit stressful as a failure in the software could lead to someone who committed a horrific crime basically going free. Even though the job was stressful, one of my other responsibilities was traveling the US (our main market) and teaching different police departments on how our software worked and helped them troubleshoot issues that they ran into when using the software.
After about two years, a good friend of mine who worked at Mozilla started telling me about the mission and open source in general. I knew a lot about the browser wars but never really looked at Mozilla as a company. After doing some research, I fell in love with the company and its mission and ended up contributing as much as I could. I started contributing to the Metro project for about three years every day after work. I would create bugs, triage bugs, create milestones, submit patches, basically do anything that I could do to help the company move the mission forward. I ended up getting an interview for a full-time QA position for the Metro project which I ended up getting after six interviews. Because I was pretty good at figuring things out, I was usually assigned security issues where a proof of concept was attached but no other information was given. I would boot up my various VM’s and try to figure out what was happening so I can provide more information to the engineer who was fixing the issue. After about three months at Mozilla, the Metro project was canceled and I was moved to the Security Engineering team. I worked on various things from the Containers project to reproducing issues from Pwn2Own and ensuring that they were actually fixed and verified before releasing hotfixes.
After about four years at Mozilla, a friend told me about a QA opportunity at Brave. I actually started using Brave’s iOS browser when it was initially released and submitted various issues and suggestions. I ended up getting the job and became the QA manager four months later. One of the main reasons I left Mozilla was that Brave offered a lot more things that I could work on. I do everything from release notes, release management, uplift approvals, milestone management, support, reading through specifications and giving PM’s the user perspective, helping PM’s with release schedules etc. We have a small but solid QA team who’s number one priority is listening to users even though some folks think we don’t “listen”. We truly do read as much feedback as we can and take every request/bug report and suggestion seriously.
Hello, I’m w0ts0n (Ryan)!
Born and raised in a small town in West Sussex, England, I hard failed out of high school with a solid F in IT (haha). Nevertheless, I’ve been a computer nerd for as long as I can remember. Open source, running websites and servers has been something I’ve been doing since I was 14 and old enough to beg my Dad to buy domains for me.
I still run a ton of sites, from silly to practical; DownloadMoreRAM.com has been a running joke for over 10 years now, Musclewiki.org became a passion when I got into fitness. I also became friends with pro skater Rodney Mullen by running his website for 13 years.
My professional career came around when I was 17, I started in IT Helpdesk, quickly moving up to IT Support and began training to become a sysadmin. One day my colleague emailed me about a position that was made available at Mozilla. I was (and still am) a huge fan of Mozilla and its mission.
I worked at Mozilla for 7 years, moving from IT Support > Operation > Webops/Devops > Database engineer. During this time I took courses in Linux, operations, and AWS. It was actually during my first year at Mozilla that I met Brendan Eich.
Many years later when Brendan left Mozilla, I asked him to contact me if a suitable DevOps position came up, a few months later Brendan told me they had an opening and asked if I was interested in applying.
I love everything about what Brave is doing and immediately said yes. After making it through the interview process, I got the job. After 4 months running DevOps, the time for growth came. I was asked if I wanted to manage the IT & Operations teams and have done so since. As the IT team, we ensure smooth operations of servers, websites, services and provide technical guidance and infrastructure/CI for developers. One side of my team also does user support, publisher support, IT Support, help center (support.brave.com) and status pages (status.brave.com) to keep our users informed and supported. Helping users is important to me and I hope to drive that side of the organization further as we grow.
I live on an island in the Caribbean, for fun, I enjoy traveling, I go to the beach, workout and stream pubg 🙂