Change is Good!
The acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle Corp closed 11 years ago, on Jan 27th, 2010, 9 months after it was first announced.
I had been at Sun for many years and I really liked what I was doing but, in hindsight, the acquisition forced me to accept change, and that was good. I stayed at Oracle for a few months, and then left for BlackBerry (then RIM) where I joined other ex-Sun people, learned new things and shared some of what I had learned with new colleagues in a different community.
I believe that embracing change, and exchanging communities, is a key asset in our industry. We learn new things through experimentation and observation, and then reshuffle and try again in a new environment. And, collectively, we move forward.
I reported on the beginning of the Sun exodus a year after the acquisition: people and OSS projects. The process has continued, though I have only tracked the movement through my direct friends. On a personal level, after BlackBerry I joined Progress, and then CloudBees.
I’m now at Freenome. I joined for three main reasons:
- Cancer sucks and I believe I can help Freenome in its mission.
- I can learn new things: Biology, ML, Workflows, Python, Continuous Improvement in a Regulated Industry, and many other topics
- The company culture is outstanding
The change to Freenome is arguably the biggest change so far for me, from hiTech to bioTech. This change enables many opportunities for learning and teaching across these two industries, and I will write about that in the future but, in the meantime…
Change may sometimes be scary but, change is good! My lesson is to embrace it and keep growing…
And ping me if you are considering a move to BioTech. Particularly if Freenome has any appeal to you.