I’ve thought about this a lot on my 4 weeks off. Engine Yard is in great hands and it’s time for me to try something new – something “scrappy”.
I truly believe that EY has a great exec team and a great overall team from top to bottom, and it’s going to have an excellent 2009, 2010, and beyond.
Although I won’t be in the office, I’ll remain attached thru many great friendships. It’s really been a very rewarding journey!
In bullet points…
* I’m leaving Engine Yard, effective May 1st.
* I’ve taken Engine Yard through the stage I like most and where I add the most value: the very early years, up to 70+ employees, the first 400+ customers, the days when I personally signed for equipment leases and Amex cards – the scrappy years of proving the market.
* Engine Yard is beyond scrappy now. The market is maturing and Engine Yard has a very strong executive team and some of the best investors in the world. Engine Yard will go a long way in the next few years – I’m confident of that!
* I’m going to revive Quality Humans, Inc. QHI acted as an incubator for Engine Yard and will play a similar role as I look at several opportunities.
* My experience at Engine Yard has been absolutely great! I’ve learned a lot and really enjoyed working with everyone. In no particular order, thanks to everyone I regularly interacted with over the past few years: Michelle, Riki, Corey, Ezra, Jayson, Tom, Don, Taylor, Leah, JohnH, Chris, Nick, Ben, Michael, JohnD, Marcy, Vivek, Randall, Brad, Greg, Shawn, Sunil, Nailia, Jamie, Loren, Evan, Brian, Yehuda, Joe, Ed, TimCS, Wayne, Dawn, Jash, Ronelly, Lee, Peter, Mitch, Pete, Matt, Alan, Rob, Melissa, April, Andy. (Sorry if I forgot anyone.) And of course, thanks to everyone who works hard to build Engine Yard whom I may not have known very closely – your work late at night in some home office somewhere to help our customers and/or build software is just fantastic!
* I remain a friend of Engine Yard and a shareholder. I hope to speak of Engine Yard in future years as we speak today of Apple, eBay, and Amazon. It’s amazing to think that those last two were literally smaller than Engine Yard roughly 10 years ago! Despite the current setbacks, our economic system really is the best designed so far!
* I’m going to continue my indoor rock climbing. If you’ve thought about trying it, you should – it’s fun, social, and good exercise! Go with a few friends and 2-3 hours pass like nothing.
Good luck to everyone! Have fun in Vegas! I may pop in – haven’t decided, yet.
If you’d like to contact me, my personal email is: lancewalley@g***l.com (hint: huge search company’s mail service). I’m also on Twitter at @lancewalley.