When One Job Ends, Another Begins

In April of 2008, the owner of the company I worked for told me that he was, effectively, shutting down the company and that I needed to find a new job by June. I was not happy. Over the previous 3.5 years, I had been the entire tech department, I had built every piece of software the company had, and I was extremely emotionally invested in the company. I started looking at opportunities and chased several opportunities, but none panned out.

Ironically, the company I was leaving was an online job search company…

Finally, I contacted an old friend to see if his company had any opportunities. They did, and I interviewed with the team the following week. It was a *six hour interview*, during which my friend stayed out of it, to keep any personal bias from influencing the team. A few days later, they made an offer, which I accepted. Did I mention the *six hour interview*?

I’ve been with them for nearly a year and I can honestly say it’s the best fit in a job I’ve ever experienced. While I enjoyed working completely alone, as I had done for the previous 3.5 years, the team I have joined is the best, and smarted, I’ve ever seen.

Looking at it now, my previous company closing was really the best thing that could have happened to me.

What Have I Got In My Pocket?

Ball-point Pen
You always need a pen. I don’t like not having a pen. I really hate it when I let someone borrow my pen, and they keep it!

Multi-tip screwdriver
How many times have you needed a screwdriver, but didn’t have one? Or needed a flathead but only had a Philips? I had to MacGyver a screwdriver a month or so ago http://bit.ly/dIDvP

532nm Pocket Laser
Umm….. Why not?