Big Changes

Twenty Eight years ago, I moved to Seattle. I was picked to help port a new operating system to a very fast RISC processor. I had been to the northwest back in 1984 timeframe, and I thought it would be cool to live there one day. In 1992, I got that opportunity. So, the company I was working for, Digital Equipment Corporation, moved me to Seattle to work with Microsoft on this port. That was the beginning of 28 years of a extraordinary career. You see, up to that point, I had been with Digital 14 years. The next 2 years, I worked all available hours to get Windows NT on Alpha to ship.

In the fall of 1994, I left DEC and joined McCaw Cellular. They had just been bought by the AT&T Death Star. We worked on deploying a wireless packet data system. As some of you know, I have been an amateur radio operator since my teens. I had worked on packet radio for a while, and felt quite comfortable leaving a computer career for a carrier. Mistake. Carriers are essentially a bunch of empty suits, who only care about taking money from the masses.

A couple of years there, I left for a small startup that did Video on Demand. It did not work out. I joined up with some former colleagues from DECWest (Digital’s northwest labs), and worked at BSQUARE Corp for 5-1/2 years. Yes, we went public. I had the time of my life. We did some pretty awesome stuff there. After 5.5 years, I moved onto SavaJe Technologies. SavaJe was based in Boston, but I got to build a west coast team. I would travel back there a lot (I was MVP gold on Alaska Air!). 

Well, MochaWorks was founded out of SavaJe, as we were using SavaJeOS (which I worked on at SavaJe) as the OS for our media player. And so startup after startup, the fun continued.

In between MochaWorks and Sycamore Labs, well there was developing the Rhapsody (now Napster) Music Service eco system, starting a VoIP/Video/Sharing service, and doing development on Mac and iOS products. Too much to go into.

In 2016, my friend Matt and I started Sycamore Labs. Our intent was to build products that were for the IoT market. And we did that. We did work for Verizon Labs and had built some IoT modules for them, as well as contributed to their Thingspace Firmware for the Thingspace service. We also wrote (well I) a IOS and Mac app for Thingspace to demo our IoT devices.

Move ahead to 2019. A company based in Boston, asked us to do some things for them. These folks were familiar, as we has worked with some at SavaJe and some at Verizon. They had started a company and they are doing amazing things. About 2 months ago, the discussion began about us joining up with them. Matt had left by this time and joined them, and it was only a matter of time, before I did. 

So I have. I am the Director of Embedded Systems and Hardware Platforms for this company. There is a lot going on, but I am not going to disclose what we do, just yet. However, the days are full of work and it is satisfying. So, in other words, the band is back together again. I have known some of these people for over 20 years. It is great to be working with them again.

So, as a result, I (we) are moving back to New England. Our Oregon house will be on the market in a few days, and we have been told there is interest in it before we even hit the market. The biggest thing right now is finding a house to buy and move into in New England. Primarily the southern N.H. (because the pot holes in Massachusetts piss me off. High taxes and no fixed roads).

So there you have it. I will probably spend the rest of my life there. So, we have kept this hush for over a month now, told some close friends and family, but kept it off social media and in general.

The next few weeks are going to be interesting, moving 3000 miles.

 

Namaste’

 

jeff