It’s with great honor that we’re announcing our latest addition to the programming team at 37signals: Pratik Naik. I’ve worked with Pratik through the Ruby on Rails core team for almost two years. He’s been a top contributor with about 400 commits since 2007.

We first started working with Pratik as a contractor on Haystack, which he built the backend for. He has also worked on the new Campfire API that was rolled out recently. All great work. A perfect manager-of-one example. We can’t wait to put him to work on all the awesome things we’ll be bringing to light in 2010.

Pratik will be starting full time on February 1st. He will be the 17th signal. The second currently residing in Europe (Pratik is in London, Joshua Sierles in Spain).