Eight months ago I decided I needed a change. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next in with my life or career. Six years of running Second Gear was rewarding personally, but financially it was a life of constant worry and living paycheck to paycheck. Coupled with complications in my personal life, I decided the best course of action was to put my life in reset, pack up my belongings and move to San Francisco.
San Francisco is a technology enthusiast’s wet dream. Everywhere you turn there are people building things. Some things will change your life. Others will change the world. Many are dumb. Many more will fail. But above all else, everyone is working towards a common goal of exploring technology and what we can do with it.
Yesterday, I experienced my first layoff as myself and many of the other talented people at Hipstamatic were let go as part of a downsizing. In retrospect it wasn’t that shocking. When you play back things in your mind, the signs become more obvious. It doesn’t make it any less frustrating knowing that yesterday you thought you had job security and today you’re sitting and writing this article in your gym’s cafe area.
Yesterday was unlike anything I have experienced before. From a single tweet spawned several more tweets, articles, blog posts and reactions around not just the iOS developer community, but also the technology community at large. My inbox is now filled with job inquiries, nice notes from people I don’t even know and even a photo of a puppy.
I don’t know what I’m going to do next. I could walk into any startup in this city and have a job by the afternoon, but that’s not what I want. Whether I take another full-time position, go back to Second Gear full-time or chase one of the crazy life changing ideas circling in my mind, I’ll always remember the support that friends, colleagues and strangers were there to give.