Heading in a New Direction

Four years ago when I joined Arris it was at the beginning of a turnaround. While the corporation itself was a behemoth, the group I joined contained only a handful of people. Since then I’ve watched it grow to more than a hundred people spread over more than ten sites across three different continents. I’ve learned lots of new technologies, met a ton of great people, and made several solid friendships that will live on long beyond my tenure. I helped deliver two solid cloud-based solutions that have the potential to drastically improve the experience of the individual cable subscriber over the coming years.

However, all things come to an end and so it is with my time there. A lot has changed since I joined and for the last few months I’ve felt that I needed to make a change. I’ve always believed that if you aren’t having fun with what you’re doing then it’s time to change something so I updated my resume and began the process of getting myself back into the market.

Portland is a great town and it didn’t take long at all before I was knee-deep in conversations about several exciting opportunities. I can safely report that the technology industry here in town is alive and well. I had the privilege of touring several great workspaces, meeting their teams, and learning about their business, and I thank everyone I met for taking the time out of their schedules to entertain the possibility of me joining their teams.

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I am now proud to announce that next week I shall be starting a new career with CrowdCompass.I had a phenomenal recruiting experience from start to finish and the more I learned about their business and their people, the more I got the sense that this was absolutely the right move for me. CrowdCompass provide turnkey solutions for event management backed by cutting-edge apps for modern mobile devices. As soon as I saw the offering I could see the value it would have added at several events I’ve attended and my brain soon started seeing the possibilities for new ways it could be extended even further. I’ve got new technologies to learn, a new team to meet, and I couldn’t be more excited to get started.

I’m taking this week to unwind, relax, and prepare myself for my new role. I’ve got a stack of books to read, a backlog of professional snooker to watch online, oh and a house move to plan (did I mention we bought a new house, too!) so it should be a nice relaxing few days. More to come on the house. For now, I’m excited to tell everyone about my new professional role and live in that special space “between jobs”.

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