Me Me Me Me Me

I’ve worked at i2 for more than twelve years.

I’ve seen one office move, two company sales, three major releases, one acquisition, five CEOs and countless reorganisations. I’ve seen the company grow from 30 to about 300 people. I’ve worked for three line managers, under three CTOs. I’ve moved desks eight times.  Since I joined there have been five major versions of Windows. I’ve managed six different people. I’ve had five different roles. I’ve done ten trips to the US, attended seven major conferences, sponsored two of them, done five user groups, attended twelve international workshops & spoken at twenty+ events.

I’ve programmed in six major languages. I’ve worked for 2996 working days. I’ve had roughly 7000 meetings & sent 160,000 emails.

I’ve had enough – I’m moving on.

While I’ve enjoyed the opportunities for career development of being in a growing company, I’ve often found myself yearning for that small company feeling, where it is easier to innovate & be in closer touch with customers.  I’m looking for a leaner, meaner environment where one person can make a big impact.  I want to throw myself back into code again.

Over the last few years I’ve found my own preferences & prejudices diverging from the company line.  I’ve spent a lot of time in newer more open technology stacks. I’ve stopped using any Microsoft tools.  I’m really not a big fan of heavy ‘enterprise’ frameworks, but prefer a lighter, quicker way. I’ve grown to love Python and Javascript rather than C#. Increasingly I’ve found myself playing with web frameworks rather than desktop tools.  There will be some fascinating convergences in the next few years, and I want to be on the front line as they happen.

Bring it on!


9 Responses to “Me Me Me Me Me”

  • Hi Joe,

    Great read, and I understand exactly what you mean. I am really looking forward to see what your endeavors will bring about. Are you starting your own company? Freelancing? Work at a startup? Either way, I wish you all the best!

    Jan Willem Tulp

    • Thanks Jan! All I know right now is I’m going to take a few months career break to chill out & get some perspective. There’s a big wide world out there so I’m not rushing in to anything just yet :-)

  • Hey Joe, great to hear you are ready for new endavors! It’s great to stop and have time to reflect. I am looking forward to seeing your next move. Good luck!

  • Nice blog looks like it was time to move on. Mind you I have moved desks every week for the last 3 months only allowed 3 days in one place. I hate desk sharing. Seriously all the best

  • congrats! How about a visualization of that data to wrap it all up? :-)

  • Good luck Joe, well done! :) I have not regretted leaving i2, and I am sure you won’t either. I am working with Python now myself, and it is so different, much leaner than C#!

  • Good luck Joe – sounds like an exciting change you are making!

  • Best of luck Joe! The grass can be greener on the other side :-) Keep in touch.

  • Inspiring stuff Joe, hope you get your geek on! All the best in your endeavours.

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