The one where I’m now a free agent

Suffice to say, this isn’t a blog post I thought I’d be writing at this time.  As of July 2, 2012, I am no longer a ComponentOne employee.

I truly enjoyed working there.  I gave my heart and soul to the company, and no one could miss my enthusiasm for my coworkers or our products.  I have many good friends at ComponentOne, and I’ll miss seeing them and working alongside them daily.

My time at C1 was amazing.  I learned so much, and I met so many wonderful people I would not have met otherwise.  Obviously I won’t be traveling nearly as much as before, but I still want to get to one or two good events each year.  I’m leaving behind a good legacy—I’m the #1 blogger at the company, I’ve delivered dozens of talks at dozens of events across the country, and there’s no doubt my efforts are a huge reason why ComponentOne is back in the consciousness of the community.

I’ll miss my friends—both in C1 and the community, but the timing was good for me.  Two years ago when I was hired, I said this would be a two year role for me, and if my future beyond that was at C1, then great, otherwise, it was a good run but no hard feelings.  It’s a statement I’ve repeated several times since then.  The grind of travel and writing talks was wearing me down, and I was really feeling it this year.  I was missing my family more and more with each trip.  Although the reason and timing weren’t exactly of my choosing, it’s not far off from when I would be making the same call.

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks since CodeStock.  I was accepted into ASP Insiders, and Pluralsight commissioned me to develop courses.  The next few weeks I’ll be working on some back-burner projects, which is very exciting.  It’s time to reinvigorate this blog.  And, I’m looking forward to my exciting _________ career.

If I was in the middle of doing something with you, you’ll need to get in touch with Kevin Griffin (keving@componentone.com) to pick up where we left off.

It’s been an awesome run, I look forward to the next time we meet.  Whenever that is, remember Russ or Kevin is buying now.

10 thoughts on “The one where I’m now a free agent”

  1. No matter the reasons, new beginnings are always a good thing, in my experience. Cheers, my friend. I hope we cross paths again soon.

    ++Alan

  2. You are just AWESOME! I remember Great Lakes Area .NET Users Group (GANG) was one of your stops on your first trip when you got hired in at C1 and we were happy to see you again at our group last year. You did bring an air of knowledge, excitement, and enthusiasm during your presentations and better yet when talking to the membership before and after the meetings. I would whole heartily have to agree that you did elevate C1 mindshare in the .NET Developer community. I, also, really enjoyed watching what you were going to do next and was amazed at the sheer numbers of talks you given over the two years. I look forward to watching your Pluralsight videos and learning more about the ASP Insiders.

    1. I was lucky to have the opportunity to travel like I did, and very glad GANG was one of my first stops. Y’all are quite an example. You’re not that far away, so maybe I’ll be in the area for some special occasions.

  3. I’ve always enjoyed each of your talks I’ve been to and learned some pretty cool tricks. Thanks for your contributions to the community and I hope to continue crossing paths with you.

    1. Thanks! I realized the other week I know more people in cities I don’t live in than the one I do. I have some ideas, let the dust settle a bit.

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