I have a new employer

If you haven’t already heard the news, my employer was acquired by Microsoft this week. Now if this had happened 10 or maybe even 5 years ago, I probably would have noped on out of there. But the Microsoft of today is, at least from outward indications, not at all the Microsoft of yore.

I am legitimately excited about this. The company started out as an $8,000 credit card bill 12 years ago and we’ve made it through on revenue ever since. It says a lot for our team, our product, and our customers that we’ve been able to grow and be successful.

At the same time, it’s been hard not having a big cushion to fall back on. When you’re bootstrapped, everything depends on deals closing and checks being sent on time. At Microsoft, we’ll have more latitude to make strategic investments.

Along those lines, I won’t just be marketing CycleCloud anymore. I’ll be working on marketing for the entire cloud HPC ecosystem. This is a daunting challenge, but one I’m really looking forward to. If I can do it well, my next step will be whatever I want it to be. If I do it poorly, I will have learned a lot along the way.

I can’t wait to see what happens.

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