Goodbye, Zend

Ok, the title kind of says it all – this has been known to some for a few months now, but for the sake of clarifying things up, I’m leaving Zend – or to be technically accurate, has already left.

This was not an easy decision for me, as Zend has been for more than 6 years not only my employer but also my school, my workshop and a little bit of home as well. This sounds like bullshit – but since I started there as a first-level support engineer and am leaving as a co-Product Manager for the company’s flagship product, I think it’s fair to say I gained as much as I contributed.

However, it’s time to move on for me. I’m looking into doing my own things at my own time, and being my own boss. I want more free time to experiment, play and pursue my hobbies and silly ideas.

In recent years the company took some directions I was not 100% happy with, and being responsible for realizing some of these ideas, it was hard for me to stay at my role. I started thinking what I want to do next – and was offered a couple of very tempting roles within Zend – but then I realized that really, I want to make a bigger change.

And here I am.

For the last couple of months I have reduced my role at Zend to a 2-day consulting position, and will continue to consult Zend on a part-time basis for at least a few weeks.In the rest of my time, I plan to think, read, paddle, rest, blog more and work on some ideas I have. I plan to keep contributing to the PHP community, and specifically to Zend Framework 2.0.

Will I chicken out in 3 months and decide to get a real job again? Maybe… but I plan to make the most of my time until then.