Starting this thread here since I can't find a more appropriate location for it...
Tomorrow is my final day in the employ of VMware, Inc. I'm relocating to an area where there's not a VMware office, and have decided to start a small business and try to make a go of it as an owner. Wish me luck!!
Over the last few years, it has been a distict pleasure acting as the forum main moderator and administrator. "Steering the brick", as it were, has never been more fun
In those few years, I watched this user forum turn from small watering hole, to semi-popular advice site, and finally into the virtualization discussion center of the universe that it is today. A tremendous amount of behind the scenes work has been done along the way to keep the site going strong and keep the people happy, and I have a lot of people to thank for that. You all know who you are.
are the go-to guys for now. I'm sure that they'll chime in here and make comments if there are any management issues or questions going forward. When a replacement community manager is found, you'll most likely hear the news from them.
Finally, I'd like to thank a few individuals and small groups of people (some of which may never read this thread) for helping me along the way:
1) My co-workers who had a direct hand in making the forums a success. Michael, Scott, Julie, Jason, Stephen, Robert, John - you guys are the best and I'll miss you all.
2) The User Moderation crew. You guys know who you are. You'll never meet a nicer group of guys than the volunteer user mods that moderate the VMTN Forums. You are the guys who keep the forums going on a daily basis, and I'll never forget ya.
3) All of the people inside of VMware who helped me along the way - Kris, Challo, Kenon, Craig, Hans - I'll never forget those early days in support when we were loud and crazy and nobody wanted to sit in the office next to us
It has been a REAL pleasure guys. I would not trade the last three years for anything. On to the next big adventure!!!!
Good luck on the business. I started my own a couple of years ago. It's a struggle but I have a few loyal clients now who call me because my former company left the region and sold all support contracts to the competition, who is not honoring the contracts. That's pretty much how I started my business; I found a niche and filled it.
So good luck and find your niche!
Way to go Darryl and good luck! There's no more satisfaction than working for yourself and with a group of like-minded individuals. I went out on my own this year as well...and the opportunities in this space are just overwhelming.
You've got to take as much advantage of this big wave as possible...and what better way than do go at it on your own terms.
You have a big family here so you're not alone in this...all you need to do is ask.
Take care and I hope to see you at VMworld this year.
All the best in your new venture, working for yourself is very hard but ver rewarding I have been independent for three years now and would not swap it for the world, well maybe the world
all the best.
Apparently I am one of the few employees on this board (as most of you went for your own business). Perhaps I will start mine as well at some point ..... or maybe I'll just buy my current employer .... !
if you do buy out your employer, could I come to work for your cushy little exec job, all afternoon on the golf course, all morning just, hey never mind the mornings I'll be working from Home .
I was being humorous....I've actually already redeemed mine. See, where I spelled it shrit instead of shirt, and he's leaving and it's been a pain in his...nevermind. I guess it wasn't as funny as it seemed at the moment.
And maybe I'm not funny. Come to think about it, my wife has been telling me for years that I'm not nearly as funny as I think I am. But she doesn't get geek humour at all. I once had an individual who I think has a dry sense of humour tell me that mine was an acquired taste, and quite dry. I thought his was the driest of any non-silicon based entity in the universe. What does that make mine?
I'm probably just not funny.
How do you keep a turkey in suspense?
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please, enough already, its worse than a rerun of Friends.