So long and thanks for all the fish...

Here's the note I sent to my colleagues announcing my departure from Griffin. I truly will miss them all.

With a bit of a lump in my throat the time has come to say goodbye to all of you. I’ve been contemplating a move to the west coast and an opportunity arrived that was too good to see pass. So, my final day will be December 5th.

Years ago by some dumb luck I happened upon the Griffin & Marathon Computer offices on Elm Hill. It was in that cramped office I found a kinship of likeminded geeks who loved to tinker and invent and where anything was possible. From my first day in Tech Support about ten years ago to the current B2B project meetings I couldn’t have predicted how amazing, maddening, instructive and, ultimately, humbling those years in between would be.

I’m honored to know many of you personally and to have worked side-by-side on some remarkable products (and a few stinkers).

Each time we start a new project I’m reminded that we have a unique opportunity to change someone’s life ever-so-slightly for the better with our work. Trust me, it’s not lip service. Just ask a friend how many times a Survivor has saved their phone or talk to someone whose house continues to fill with music from an Evolve. Those little moments mean more than the exasperating hours spent in Agile, more than all the miles back and forth to China. We, together, have improved someone’s life. Don’t take it lightly.

Ten years isn't a long time to spend doing something if you enjoy the work and the people. And, though I’ve probably made some of you crazy, I’ve loved every minute working with all of you.

On change

Read a great, though somehow forgotten and simple idea, from Ed Catmull's book "Creativity, Inc" : “It’s folly to think you can avoid change, no matter how much you might want to. But also, to my mind, you shouldn’t want to. There is no growth or success without change.”