How did this all happen? In Feb of 2001 I was working as an engineering director in a software company in Silicon Valley. Life was sweet, we had a nice home, I was raking in well over 6 figures in income, kids were in a decent school setting, and everything just hummed along. Not that there weren't some issues, there were. I had worked in 3 small startups, all of which folded in one manner or another. Two were run by complete mornons. The first startup was right after I left Netscape, and went to a company run by an Indian guy with a fake name, who wouldn't eat anything without an official taster, and came into the office around 2 pm because he didn't want to actually talk to the people who worked for him. I should have known....
The next company was run by 3 Israelis, none of whom knew anything about software development, but that didn't stop them. This CEO actually rode around in the halls on an electric scooter. They constantly spoke in Hebrew to exclude people, but forgot that I speak Hebrew. Let's just say honesty was NOT their policy.
And then I found the job I loved, and was good at, and the damn company folded. I had built up a great group with people I had worked with previously, and we were humming as a team. We developed a decent product that we were all proud of, and then the company folded one morning, giving us an hour to pack and get out.
I had one job after that, with a 5 month wait for the new company to buy the former company's software. They had no idea of what to do with it, other than destroy it, and of course, that's exactly what they did. This company was run by a guy who fancied himself so important that he demanded you be available for meetings and then didn't show up himself. Hated him.
So, I started my downhill stretch with a bunch of failed jobs behind me, and absolutely no possibility of employment anytime in the future. Here it is 2.5 years later and I've kept 'busy' building web sites, fielding content, teaching gifted kids web site creation, and watching Dr Phil on tv.
Next, I'll talk about school, kids, and the insanity of moving across the country with no prospect of a job on either coast. Stumble It! JBlog Me