Way more than the average job
After a year of working for an investment bank in Hong Kong, I realized that I needed a job more meaningful than just churning out number-crunching apps for people that I would never meet or rarely ever see. Opportunity, as the saying goes, rarely ever knocks twice at a person’s door, and when Readify said that they would let me work for them after I turned them down last year to go to Hong Kong, I knew that this opportunity would never come again, and I decided to take it. It’s not every day that one gets a chance to work with some of the best developers in the .NET community, and I am humbled by the fact that I will get the chance to work with them.
Hong Kong, in Retrospect
In hindsight, living in Hong Kong has been a very comfortable experience. The city is relatively small, it has an excellent public transportation system, and you can practically get anything you want within a few keystrokes on your keyboard, a call from your mobile phone, or just by going to Mongkok to shop for the latest gadgets. For me, the problem wasn’t living in the city per se—it was the idea of having to indefinitely work on the same business apps within the same business domain for years upon years on end. Working in investment banking IT has certainly been a lucrative venture for me, but I wanted a role that would let me go out and help other clients and developers be more effective at what they do. At the same time, I wanted to work within the confines of a relatively smaller and close-knit company that gave their people more control over how they work rather than having them go through so many processes because of legal restrictions or mandated institutional regulations.
To Sydney, and Beyond
Shortly after my upcoming talk at NDC 2011, I’ll be packing all my things and I’ll be moving to Sydney, Australia to work with the folks at Readify. There’s no telling what the future holds for me, but if this job opportunity is any indication, then the future looks bright indeed.