Monday, February 23, 2009

A new era begins

Today is a day of mixed emotions. Today I resigned from IBM having been there for 18 years, 19 if you count my year out from university.
In all that time I have worked with some great people, and felt a tremendous sense of belonging.
Its been quite a journey, both in technical education and in personal growth. It is the extent of that growth and the speed that has not always been kept up to pace with by the system that I worked within.
I started back on green screens in 1990, very quickly moved to the PC's and client server applications that followed shortly. Over the years the groups I worked with morphed from back office systems to customer facing ones, but in 1997 I made a break from what was traditional IT development. I threw myself into the web and the fantastic Interactive Media Centre. That itself morphed into the centre for e-business innovation but the group of people were known as Blueroom. An ecletic mix of can do people, graphic designers, producers and techies all bundled into one. That taught me that diversity of skills, coming up with ideas on the spot and good old fashioned teamwork for a common cause were what I thrived in.
For me that was the start of who I have become, the birth of epredator if you like.
When I decided that we should look in to the metaverse with Second Life back in 2006 I knew the industry was going to be big, but I was not expecting the evolutionary changes to happen to me. Getting this going turned me into a intrapreneur. The speed with which my fellow eightbars rallied and the spirit of innovation, just getting things done was simply amazing. It is something we should all be immensely proud of.
In leaving IBM I am not leaving eightbar, it is not something that can never really be left. The focus may change but I think we have made a decent enough mark in the history of virtual worlds.
Of course the question is what next? I left in order to be able to carry on and push this industry further. So in a few weeks you will see the birth of my own company, and I will seek to work and advise, speak and write just as I have done up to now. There are some significant projects that I already need to give some attention too.
There is, as I have told a few people, quite a story to tell on all this. The personal ups and and downs, the formation of our tribe and I suspect I will have to write that book after all. It will probably be called "Who says Elephants can't Rez" or something similar.
So a huge thankyou and goodbye to all my friends, and thankyou for the support on twitter and see you all on Linkedin
I will also post this on http://www.eightbar.com
See you all out there very soon.

9 comments:

Brian said...

Awww ePred… indeed very mixed emotions here too... not :O though both :-( and :-)
I know you will soar out there also. Congratulations!
Bri.

Graham White said...

Gutted!

andypiper said...

So the rumours are true - epredator, Inc., powered by Apple? :-P

You're going to rock on the outside as much as you ever did before, and I'm sure go even further.

You've been a fantastic colleague and I'm very glad we've got all this technology stuff to keep us connected in the future.

And finally, I have to add - eightbar FTW!

Luis Suarez said...

Oh, my goodness! WOW! That surely is a *massive* piece of news, Ian! Found out about the blog post earlier on this morning, but didn't have a chance to comment on it, till now... Boy, is it shocking to see you reaching such a decision after so long in the company? Whoooaaahhh! Fully understand your reasoning behind it though and I can only say it's going to be really tough not seeing you around internally anymore... Although externally we know where you live! Matey, I wish you all the very best in your new adventures where I agree with Andy you will be rocking the place and surely look forward to further keeping in touch! After all... you are just one tweet away! :-D

Best of luck and always pleasure knowing you! Too bad we never met face to face! Perhaps next time I am over to the UK we can fix that! Keep in touch!

BillChamberlin said...

I had a feeling this day was coming, based on various posts I have read over the past year...both internally and externally. Thanks for ALL of your contributions to IBM...We'll miss you. Wishing you lots of success in whatever you do from this point forward!!

Ville P. said...

And now you are in Silicon Alley Insider! :)

http://www.businessinsider.com/ibm-the-last-company-to-pull-out-of-second-life-2009-2

Mark Wallace said...

congrats! Looking forward to your exploits in the wider world. Keep in touch.

Giff said...

excited to see what you do with Feeding Edge :)

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