September 1, 2005
I was startled to realize that yesterday was the one-year anniversary of my getting fired from my last job. Not to sound totally trite, but it seems so long ago.
I’ve been busy for awhile now with a new thing. As most of you know, I’ve been playing around with a pubsub stack for a long time now without necessarily finding a great application for it — but I finally know what I want to do with the technology. I love LAMP and still use it, don’t get me wrong… but ever since I worked for KnowNow, I had a little bit different idea of what could be done in the browser. And not to take anything away from “Ajax” (or what we old-school people still call “DHTML”), but XMLHTTP is a technique — pubsub is a theory.
I can honestly report that I’m very happy now. I dunno where I’m going business-wise, but I get to work with the greatest small team imaginable on the app I most want to be building. I’ve met so many brilliant, kind, energetic people in the last year — and getting fired turned out to be a good way to reconnect with a lot of old friends too. Silicon Valley is on an upturn, with so many exciting new ideas zooming around. Every day is full of possibility and hard work and fun — and who could ask for more than that?
So all things concerned, getting shitcanned was a beginning as well as an ending. It didn’t feel great at the time, and I can’t say I completely understand it even now… but I wouldn’t trade the last year for anything.