Swaroop C H

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Last day at Adobe

09 Apr 2008

As Jeff Atwood said recently in his entry on Choosing Your Own Adventure:

I've spent the last six months staring at this page trying to figure out what to do. With some trepidation, I'm now turning to page 10. Thursday will be my last day at Vertigo. I will sorely miss the camaraderie and the many close personal friends I've made at Vertigo. Vertigo remains a fantastic place to work.

Sometimes choosing your own adventure means closing one door to open another. And I have to close the door on Vertigo, however reluctantly, to fully and wholeheartedly explore the alternatives. It would be unfair to Vertigo and to myself to do anything less. I'm not sure what exactly lies on page 10. I won't lie to you. It's scary to trade the security of a safe, salaried job for the unknowns. But the way I look at it, if it's not a little scary, then it's not the right choice. Failure is always an option.

Just s/Vertigo/Adobe/g and that's my situation.

It was not an easy decision to make. Especially considering the people I work with. In fact, I squarely blame my Flex teammates Sreenivas, Sameer, Raghu, Harish, Harpreet, Kaashif, Anirudh, Sujit, Annam, Ram, Jyoti and so many others for making this such a difficult decision.

There are two incidents that have stuck in my mind for the past few days. One is the recent internal tech summit we had at Noida where Adobeans got to showcase each others' technologies and ideas. Second, the (internal) showcase applications that our team created using our data visualization platform. I was simply blown away. The enthusiasm, the energy and the ideas was so addictive.

It seems strange that I should leave all this behind. It seems stranger that I have no clue where I'll be six months from now. But yeah, I have some ideas.

As Ray Bradbury said:

If we listened to our intellect we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go in business because we'd be cynical: "It's gonna go wrong." Or "She's going to hurt me." Or, "I've had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore ..." Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.

Comments

Raghav says:

All the best my friend :) I am sure there is something really exciting ahead.

Prem says:

All the best in your future ventures! Keep us posted

Kalpesh says:

Share the journey on the blog.
Would like to see you taking a flight.

Azmi says:

All the best dude! I am sure you will make it big ....

Sujit Reddy G says:

All the best :) I am sure u will succeed :)

Abhinav Saxena says:

All the best Swaroop :)

Subhojit says:

Cool man...! Where are you off to now?

Swaroop says:

Thank you all for the wishes!

Akshay Surve says:

Best wishes Swaroop :)

I am sure you will do something ionic ;)

Lakshman Prasad says:

Very interesting! All the best!

Pramod Biligiri says:

Hey, congrats on having the courage to make such a decision. And best of luck with your next thing whatever it is :)

Kaashif says:

Hey carry on dreaming man ... Hope you get what ur lookign for buddy

Mrinal Wadhwa says:

Hey just read this ... good luck with whatever you're planning to do next :)

Swaroop says:

Thanks Kaashif, Pramod and Mrinal!

Sunil Jagadish says:

All the best Swaroop, see you soon ;-)

Abdul Qabiz says:

I can imagine, how it feels to leave a good team. All is for good, all the best for whatever you plan to do.

-abdul

Swaroop says:

@Sunil, @Abdul : Thanks guys!

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