Oracle Acquires NetSuite

This is old news at this point, but I now officially work for Oracle since Oracle acquired NetSuite. The employment transition for all US employees was Jan. 1, 2017. NetSuite will continue to be run as an “independent business unit”, and my work has stayed the same. So far.

Funemployed

After running Brightbit with Joshua Ogle and Eric Boehs for nearly fours years, it officially came to an end a few weeks ago on February 28, 2014 when we closed the office. It’s a long story, and there is no blog post for it yet, but now is not the time. Long story short, we worked too far past our deposits for a few clients who used to be awesome clients, but, as it turns out, couldn’t pay anymore. We ran out of money, had to lay everyone off, and close the office. It was the most depressing experience of my life – but like I said, that’s for another post some other time.Brightbit Has Closed Message

What do You do After Running Your Own Company?

This is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot over the past few months, facing the impending office closure and winding down of my own business. Thing is, when you’re a business owner, you get to (read: have to) wear a lot of different hats. On any given day, I’d do development, marketing, sales, project management, HR, project planning, business planning, financial forcasting, and more. Since your role isn’t really defined, it just expands to fill whatever role is necessary at any given time. It’s both frustrating and liberating, and it’s an incredible learning experience – and unlike anything else that any full-time job is going to give you. This makes choosing my next job very hard. A lot more thought goes into what I am going to go with the next few years of my life, and how that will help me along my path, whether or not it will be interesting and challenging enough for me, etc.

What I am Looking For Now

After taking a little breather to do some hard thinking and evaluate my options, I have come to the conclusion that… I have no idea what I really want to do next. I am open to – and actively evaluating – a lot of different options right now ranging from part-time and full-time contracts to more traditional (and even some quite unique) full-time jobs. One thing I do know, however, is that it does have to be something that is both very interesting and challenging for me – something that will force me to grow and learn. It also has to be either remote/telecommute or based in the OKC area. I have put down significant roots in OKC, am very involved in the local developer community, and have lots of family here. Basically, I really don’t want to move right now (unless maybe you need me to relocate to say… the Bahamas or the Virgin Islands and pay generous housing allowances. There’s a chance I might go for that.)

Have work for me? Get in touch. No recruiters, please!

UPDATE: I have accepted and started a full-time 12-month contract, so I am no longer looking for work. Thanks for all the support and emails!

New Year, New Blog

It’s a whole new year, and I’ve got a whole new blog. This time around, I knew I wanted a static blog generator instead of a WordPress site (they are a little more developer friendly, and there are no security vulnerabilities with static HTML), and I’ve been window shopping a bit. A self-hosted blog was important to me since I want to make sure I will always own and control all my own content.

The Options

Though popular, Octopress was out, because of my experience using it on OKC.js. It is difficult to customize, and the Octopress code is mixed in with your blog and website content, making upgrading difficult as well.

Using Jekyll was very tempting – and I almost used it, but I decided to take a look at another option first – and I’m very glad I did.

Enter Middleman

I ended up going with Middleman for this blog. We just re-launched the Brightbit website with it, and Joshua (my design co-founder) was raving about it, so I had to give it a shot. Both Jekyll and Octopress use Liquid templates, which are a learning curve if you’ve never used them. I personally don’t like the syntax, so I wasn’t too keen on doing a lot of layout customization with it.

Middleman, however, is different. Middleman offers so much more flexibility – pure Ruby code, Sass, the option to use Slim or Haml for templates, blog posts, and pages, and the same asset pipeline that Rails has for combining and compressing your CSS and JavaScript into a single file for production deployment. Layout customization is also easier and better feeling in general. The last, and perhaps biggest reason Middleman is a winner is that Middleman exists entirely inside it’s own self-contained gem. Your site’s project folder has only what it should – your site’s content. There is no Middleman cruft in there that you have to bring along, and upgrades are clean and brainless since Middleman is a gem.

Wrapping Up

Importing all my old posts from WordPress and converting them all to markdown was a bit tricky and time-consuming (though wp2middleman did most of the heavy lifting), but I’m glad I did it. Here’s to a great 2014 on a great new (and much better looking) blog.

Self Employed

This post comes with a bit of a delay, as it is already three months into the year, but as of January 2011, I have been full time self-employed. I made the difficult decision to voluntarily leave an excellent job with Company52 at the beginning of the year to venture out on my own. Running  my own company with full-time focus has always been one of my dreams, and several side projects I have started and been involved with up until now have built up towards that goal.

There is a lot to consider in a decision like this, and I did not weigh it lightly. Somehow after running through all the options, now still seemed like the best time to take the leap. Here’s to a bright future in 2011 and beyond.