15 years. Yep, that’s a long time. In fact, it’s so long that it’s hard to remember “not” working for Adobe. But as of May 4th, I will be leaving the “big red A” to set off on a new adventure. I’ve accepted an offer to join Stremor, a start-up here in Phoenix as their VP of User Experience Engineering. In addition to making coffee, putting Ikea furniture together, and other typical start-up jobs, I will be putting my HTML5/CSS3/JS chops on the line building a real product! Sadly, I can’t tell you “what” it is yet – that’s all still hush, hush – but I can tell you that it’s so amazing, we’ve already got patents pending! Oh, and we’re also looking for great developers!
As I began debating whether to make the move, I got pretty sentimental about the last 15 years – so much so, that I almost chose not to go. Thanks to GoLive/Macromedia/Adobe, I’ve gotten to help build tools that literally have changed the (web) world. I’ve also had the good fortune to travel around the world more times than I can count and accumulated frequent flyer miles and hotel points that will take years to use up. And along the way, I also got to meet and work with some truly amazing people, including my incredible wife, Stephanie Rewis. I want to thank you all – my colleagues, friends, travel buddies, conference attendees, et. al. – for so many great memories. Chili crab in Singapore, tuk-tuk rides in Dehli, climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, dinner at Carnivores in Johannesburg, standing naked in a hotel hallway in Seoul (don’t ask), horizontal rain/ice in Helsinki in February(buuurrrr!), far too many beers at the Oktoberfest, sitting in the MacWorld green room with Steve Jobs, getting to fly with Paul McCartney – and so many, many more!
It’s been an amazing ride and I would be lying if I said that I won’t miss parts of it (expense reports excluded). I hope to still be asked to speak at conferences (hint, hint), and I will definitely be writing here and twittering there – it’ll just be less Dreamweaver and Adobe stuff, and more HTML5/CSS3/JS – and you’re all still invited to come hang out on Geeks4Sail. But, I’m also excitedly looking forward to the new challenges that come with change – and even better, I get to carpool to work with Stef (our offices are literally one mile apart)!
So, to my soon-to-be former colleagues at Adobe, I wish you all the best! Keep making great products! And to the rest of my readers, I’m not leaving you, so… um… carry on with what you were doing!
*Hat-tip to Leslie Jensen-Inman for the title of this post