Today is my last day at Clever Cloud. After five intense years, first as a contractor, then as CTO, it’s time for me to move on.
At heart, I’m a developer. Fifteen years ago in high school I’ve programmed my trusty TI-82 to solve quadratic equations for me. I haven’t stopped programming then.
Nine years ago, I created my first company, before graduating from my engineering school. It’s been nine years of entrepreneurship. A few companies, a few failures, one big success: joining Clever Cloud. Since I’ve joined Clever Cloud in 2013, the company has grown a lot. In people, in product, in revenue. What hasn’t changed is my mission: automating deployment processes.
Being CTO at Clever Cloud has been a great, humbling experience. I got to work with incredible people, I had to learn almost from scratch about networking, virtualization, kernel fine-tuning, and so much more than I can say. I also had to learn how to be a manager, which is no easy feat for an introvert like me. As a team, we’ve been through hard times, made many sacrifices, but came out even more motivated.
From a family-like team of hard-core founders, Clever Cloud has grown into a solid company with a stable platform and healthy management. Clever Cloud has been family for the last five years. Now I have to pass the torch and take time for me, my wife-to-be and our life.
Years 20-30 were all about work. For years 30+ I intend to find balance and happiness outside my text editor.
Now it’s time for me to take care of myself and go back to my roots. As a developer.