This post from Matthew made me realize that I haven’t been blogging in the past two months. It’s not like I don’t have anything to say, quite the opposite actually, but I tend to grow a strong resistance from posting just a few lines when there is such huge gap between posts: I tend to feel I should write a long explanation of why I have been silent, then resume business as usual, with casual posts and the like. Thanks to Matthew, I now have an excuse to get back to writing some stuff, so here we go with little more than a braindump of what has been going on so far.
As some of you might already know, I’m busy building the next generation of Sourcesense, the endeavour we started almost a year ago, and something that has been highly rewarding and successful over here. We have been able to meet and exceed (actually, almost triple!) the expectations on the italian market, and we are now ready to move to the next level, in our quest to build the best Open Source system integrator ever. Quite an ambitious plan, I know, but the outlook is definitely promising: we have the best people on board, we are getting very interesting leads and we are ready to move to the European market with a solid proposition and great stuff for our customers.
Building a multinational company, no matter how small, requires a great deal of effort, as my overweight and stressed out body knows by now. Apart from crazy traveling, a good deal of nights spent crunching numbers and spreadsheets, an average of 70 working hours per week and a distant memory of how nice life was when I was just coding along, the bumpy ride includes interesting stuff such as understanding different countries cultures and ways of doing business, grasping the different fiscal and corporate laws, adapting to markets with very little in common and getting ready for a serious amount of work to come.
I must confess, however, that I’m having the time of my life: it feels great turning back and noticing how much we have been able to do in barely ten months, and it’s incredibly exciting to foresee the future to come as pictured in our road map. In a couple of months I will leave my current job, as Italy becomes a branch of our European setup, and climb the ladder to coordinate our international efforts. We already found a great guy to take my place at the driving seat of the Italian arm of Sourcesense, and I feel incredibly proud when I consider how the baby I helped nurturing is ready to spread its wings and fly on its own. This somewhat self-celebrating post should also become a chance to thank (in strict alphabetical order) everyone who helped in making the dream come true (the list is not over) handling the grunt work and being supportive of the idea.
It’s now time to move on, and I’m getting ready for that. Expect a lot more posts and news to come.