A new change

I joined Pure Storage in the beginning of last year, and felt like it was one of the best year of my life, for numerous reasons:

  • Learning to live outside “the Google bubble”
  • Meeting a bunch of interesting, smart people
  • Learning a whole bunch of new tools and ways of thinking
  • Getting a a good feel for the different tradeoffs involved in a small-vs-large place (eye opening!)

About a year and a half later, something else came along that I felt unable to pass up, and as of next week I’ll be joining the team at Confluent.

There are a few things that are interesting to me:

  • A focus on Distributed systems
  • The potential for event-streaming as a transformative force for all digital businesses, not just the likes of Uber and Twitter
  • An impressive team that I met both during interviews and after
  • A sweet spot in terms of engineering size and focus (no longer a small startup, but still having a lot of room to grow)
  • A new challenge for me: a while new ecosystem to learn and master (!)

Of course, all these reasons are “after the fact”; the real motivation ultimately comes (for me, at least) from some sort of “gut feeling” that I get when I meet new people.

I felt this feeling when I first met a few people at Pure, and I felt it again at Confluent, and I gave to trust in it, and that I’m doing the right thing right now …

Making a change like this is new for me, because I’m not accustomed to ever changing anything when I’m happy (always sticking around until something makes me really unhappy) —— I will greatly miss everyone that I’ve worked with or talked to at Pure, as well as the managers who supported me, and I do hope we can stay in touch and work together again some day …

… but for now, I’m looking ahead with nervous excitement to the start of a new adventure.

The world after Brexit

I think the real lesson ought to be to stop trusting your instinctive feelings about what can and cannot (or should and should not) happen, and start taking polls seriously. A corollary would be to  check if you’re living in a bubble and if so, to peek outside it a bit.

Of course, some times even the polls can be “read” in a way that makes you feel better. As a more concrete example, here is Nate Silver with a column just six months ago, (boldly!) titled “Dear Media, Stop Freaking Out About Donald Trump’s Polls”. Go ahead and read the comments at the bottom.