Winds of change

I’ve tried to mentally write this blog post for weeks, but there are just too many things to say, so I’m just going to get on with it and see what happens.

It’s with a weird feeling in my stomach that I say goodbye to AG Projects.  Starting in January I’ll be an Atlassian employee, joining Emil Ivov and the Jitsi team taking on new challenges.

This was by far the toughest decision I’ve ever made in my carrier. Tougher than leaving my home town 7 years ago when I came to Amsterdam.

“Relax, it’s only work” or so the saying goes. For me work is never just work. For better or worse I pour part of my soul into everything I do, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to do it. This means making choices is harder because feelings arise. Moreover, in this case it’s definitely not just work. Moving to Amsterdam changed my life. I’ve met people I wouldn’t have met otherwise, and most importantly, my wife found the motivating job she longed.

These past 7 years have been amazing. I’ve been able to travel the world and attend conferences, write an RFC, meet some amazing people and write the code I wanted, the way I wanted. 7 years is equivalent to eternity at Internet scale, but Adrian always found something awesome for us to work on next.

I consider myself very fortunate to have found great friends, coworkers and mentors throughout my journey in life. They all taught me things I didn’t know and I like to think we learned some others together.  That’s why it’s so damn hard to say goodbye.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Best wishes for the future and keep on rocking!

As for my future at Atlassian, I’m really excited for what’s to come! I’m joining a team of extremely talented individuals which have a track record of creating top notch software and I’m glad to be a part of that.

The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.

Here is to the future! We’ll always have Amsterdam.

PS: Hey, they have an opening right now, so if you want to work with these great people and have a chance to criticize my code and design choices you should definitely apply!

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