It has been a while since I last blogged. A lot has happened in the past two years. For starters, my old company got acquired and it all went downhill from there. I had heard statistics that 83% of all mergers and acquisitions end up destroying shareholder value and this was no different. Acquiring software companies is always a hit or miss especially since the value is locked not in physical assets but more in intangibles likes processes and peoples' heads. While the top honchoes were paid handsomely, the people who really made things happen were passed over. Before you know it, top talent started leaving the company. Most of us end up working in a company because of primarily three things - our work, our immediate manager and our team members. As people started leaving, the quality of the manager and team members started to deteriorate as well. The trickle soon turned into a torrent.
I was part of the early wave when I bid adieu to OPNET Technologies in the middle of 2013. My career was stagnating primarily because the market that we were serving was drying up. Almost all the value generated by networking companies was being monetized by content providers such as Google, Facebook and Netflix. OPNET was my first job after school and Gordon was my first manager and mentor. He taught me almost everything that I know about software programming, managing people and developing a strong work ethic. So it was with mixed feelings that I announced to my team and manager that I will be leaving OPNET for the competition.
I currently live in the Bay Area and enjoying hiking around the innumerable trails in and around Sunnyvale. My move to Silicon Valley has also given me an opportunity to meet and recruit the right people needed for an "idea factory". More of that in a later post.