According to http://www.thefreedictionary.com/life – life means…
The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism.
If I may, I want to focus on a few characteristics: Metabolism, response to stimuli and adaption, especially growth. In the past one and a half years, I had a great ride here at Deutsche Telekom. We introduced loads of change, brought some decent products to market, and developed our own identity. I had the chance to build a team of evangelists and maybe, a tiny itsi bini tini wini, shaped the future of this large corporation in this so important but totally changing market.
Sure, there were some hardships. Living apart from my family during the week days, brought some interesting problems. And – yes, sure – being a software guy in a telco is interesting, too. But, all in all, it was a great time with great people who gave me the opportunity to learn and grow.
But the better is the enemy of the good. I was given the opportunity to do something really cool. And here is the story:
Last September, we were on holiday on the small island of Malta in the midst of the Mediterranean sea. My better half always repeated “How cool would it be to work and live here?” and I routinely answered “Sure?”. Back at home, she started to get into networks and circles and kept dreaming. One nice day, I found this job posting on LinkedIn. A consumer software company searched for a CTO based on Malta. I clicked the button.
Weeks later, I was contacted by a head hunter, we had a nice chat but she said, that the process is far down the road, hardly any chance. I said, ok. You try because I have no rush. Yet again some days later I was contacted again to have interviews. I learned about the CEO and his vision for the company. Made contact to the VP of HR and some technical people. To be honest, I got interested… I mean really interested. So we agreed on a round of interviews in Malta.
It was a hard day and they took it serious. I had to talk to several people and do a working exercise. At the end of the day, I got an offer. Back in the hotel, I talked to my better half. We agreed that it was her idea to start with and so no blame on me 😉 When I came back from a little morning run, under the shower, I was thinking on how to tackle this role and how to move forward. All the opportunities. It was fun to think about it and I found myself singing under the shower. It is not that I am really good at singing but it was so refreshing. It felt like the definition of life above. In this moment, I decided to go for it, walked out the shower writing an email. And yes, thankfully Lenovo Thinkpads a tough enough to cope with a little water on their keyboards.
This is how I came to enter a new chapter of my life. I will move to Malta and dive deep into the consumer software space. There is lots to talk about in the next weeks, so I will save my thunder here. But – to make it official – I will join Uniblue Ltd beginning of January.
PS: We are hiring 😉