Cross posting this to my old Sun blog http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/cmh and my new blog at http://clairegiordano.org/blog/
It’s true, I’m leaving Sun. And in the last few weeks of farewells, I have discovered the obvious: goodbyes are not easy.
Another discovery: Cliches such as “It’s difficult to leave my friends and colleagues at Sun” are trite but oh so very true. It’s the people that I will remember, and the little everyday joys of working together to make something happen. But I’m not leaving the community (or the valley.)
Sun has been good to me over the last 16 years and I have much to thank this company for.
I worked on the operating system in all sorts of roles over the years and together with some extraordinary people accomplished a lot. But those things that endure are the most important. I’m proud of the Solaris Platinum Beta program that I created to put engineers in close contact with our customers’ most important problems. And of course I’m proud of the OpenSolaris project, which I was privileged to kick off back in the fall of 2003. OpenSolaris is now well on its way and I feel comfortable leaving it at this point - there is a lot of community support and leadership to move the project forward.
[Update: And, yes, I'm proud of my engineering team's many contributions to Solaris 10!]
My decision has little to do with Sun, and everything to do with the exciting opportunity ahead of me at A9.
A9, a subsidiary of Amazon.com located in downtown Palo Alto, is doing all sorts of interesting things to improve the search experience. If you haven’t yet checked out the A9.com website, please do. And the A9 toolbar. I’m particularly jazzed about the A9 OpenSearch technology which makes it easy for content providers to publish their search results. I’ll be Director of Product Management at A9 starting in mid-December and can’t wait!
So, it’s ciao to Sun and hello to A9. I’ll remain a part of the OpenSolaris community, of course. And I’ll still be blogging - just not on the much-loved blogs.sun.com. You can find my new blog at http://clairegiordano.org/blog/. I hope you keep reading. I’ll definitely keep writing.