Leaving Sun and Going to A9

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.

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DeWitt Clinton 11.27.05 at 9:46 pm

Claire, let me be the first to publicly welcome you to A9. I know that we’re lucky that you picked us as the next stop along the way. I (obviously) think this is a great fit, and I look forward to all of the things we will build in the days ahead.

See you in a few weeks!


Claire Giordano 11.28.05 at 8:16 pm

DeWitt: Thanks. You - and all the other talented folk at A9 - certainly did a good job making me feel welcome. I’m honored to join the team and can’t wait to roll up my sleeves to help! See you soon…


Rob Anderson 11.29.05 at 10:15 am

Sad to see another leader at Sun move on, but after playing around w/ A9 features, it looks like your future is so brite, you’re gonna have to wear shades! (especially in Palo Alto).

Our walk around the lake near the Mtn View campus I still remember and your contributions to Sun are of the legacy type, so you made your mark here. Good luck @ A9 and I’ll check in on your blog to see how things are going.

Happy Holidays!
rob a.

Claire Giordano 11.30.05 at 3:03 pm

Rob: Thanks for the good wishes. Yes, things at A9 are exciting. But I’ll always have fond memories of those years at Sun, especially the way back days in Mountain View!

Take care! –ClaireG

Leon Koll 12.03.05 at 11:33 pm

I wish you best of luck with A9! Even out of SUN please stay with OpenSolaris and come some day to our IOSUG meeting here in the Holy Land!

Jason Matusow 12.06.05 at 3:39 pm

Congratulations on your move Claire. A9 is lucky to pick up someone with such great community leadership skills.

Good luck - Jason

Claire Giordano 12.07.05 at 1:06 pm

Leon: If ever I am in Israel you can be sure that I will try to connect with the Israeli OpenSolaris User Group. Thanks for your role in making it happen!

Jason: Thanks. Best of luck in your new job, too - and I hope that our paths still cross sometimes!

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