Time flies

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.

2 Responses to “Time flies”

  1. Adam Says:

    Life is full of surprises, Joyce.

    Congrats on emerging stronger and more full of life than I’ve ever known you to be.

    It is an honor and a pleasure to work with you.

  2. Rohit Khare Says:

    Thanks for an inspirational message. It reaffirmed my painfully-learned-lesson that the most vital part of this process isn’t the code or even the “theory”, it’s working with “the greatest small team imaginable.” That’s more precious than most non-enterpreneurs ever imagine, and I congratulate you on your part in assembling, inspiring, and guiding that team!


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