Here we are at a crossroads again in the new year. This time, its a new job, not just a new office. After three years, I've put in notice at noise and I'm leaving for classpass next week. I don't take this move lightly, and it's been one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make in my life. I think it's about time to move on though, regardless of the direction Noise may be going in right now.
Just to give you an idea of how strange the last few weeks have been, whenever I've gone out on interviews and stated my current company was Noise, I've gotten stares, blank expressions, or the dreaded "what the hell are you thinking" look:
Noise is doing well, exceedingly well, actually. So much so that even people who are on the outside wonder just what I'm thinking by leaving. That doesn't really help when I'm trying to convince myself that it's time for a change, but I just saw it as another obstacle I had to overcome. You see, I've been working with these amazing people for years, and been through the thick of it and back. We've developed methods and practices to deal with the shit when it hits the fan and come out cleaner for it. My fellow developers are talented, professional, and ace. These guys are rock stars. They'll excel at everything they set themselves out to do.
I'm ready to move on to something new. I want to own a product, not just ship something, then throw it out with the bathwater when our contract is up. That's not what I'm about, and not the direction I want my career to go. Noise enabled me to grow so much as an individual, as part of a team, and now it's time to see just how much I've grown out in the big scary world.
So long, and thanks for all the fish!