I just signed out of my @microsoft.com accounts for the last time. I never thought I’d end up working there, but the company has changed since the “GPL is a cancer” years. I saw it from the outside and after they acquired Cycle Computing, I saw it from the inside, too.
I want to be clear: the problem isn’t Microsoft. In fact, it’s a great company to work for. But the role I was placed into after the acquisition was not a good fit for me and I was not a good fit for it. I tried to find a more mutually-agreeable position within Microsoft, but then an external opportunity came along. I couldn’t turn it down.
So for the next two weeks I’ll be funemployed. I have so many things I want to get done and I expect a full two-thirds will remain on my to-do list when I’m done. And I’m totally okay with that. I’ve never taken time off between jobs before, and I think I’ve earned it. And even if I haven’t earned it, I’m doing it anyway.
But as excited as I am for the time off and the new role that follows, I’m pretty sad about leaving great coworkers behind. I met some awesome people at Microsoft, and I will miss working with them. And even more than that, I’ll miss the great Cycle Computing team, with whom I’ve worked very closely over the last five years. It wasn’t always easy being a bootstrapped startup, but we did awesome work together and I’ll miss the team. I hope I can stay in touch.
My next role isn’t a national secret, but you’ll understand if I don’t talk about it publicly until I start in a few weeks.