This week has seen two events I wanted to mention. First, this past Monday was my last day at BlackBerry. Second, today is July 23rd which is officially considered Batman Day (and my daughters birthday… coincidence?) 🙂
It’s been 9 1/2 years since I joined BlackBerry via an acquisition of a small start-up company called Nextair. It’s been an incredible journey and I gotta say, I feel really weird and have lots of mixed emotions!
While BlackBerry is the target of a lot of media, one thing that doesn’t shine through those judgemental blog posts are all of the AWESOME people who work for this company!
I’ve had the extreme honor of calling leaders & mentors like Adrian Gould, Alec Saunders and Chris Smith my boss during my time at BlackBerry. I’ve worked with some of the most talented and passionate people in the world whom I’m extremely proud to call my colleagues & friends.
Everyone at this company has always accepted me for “me” without casting judgement, but instead has given nothing less than 100% support and encouragement.
This doesn’t just go for the colleagues I’ve worked with, but also all of the developers in our community whom I’ve had the privilege to meet. Everyone on #TeamBlackBerry have something very special that doesn’t get talked about enough. We can all feel that indescribable “something”. Maybe others just don’t understand.
Sometimes there just comes a point where things change, and it becomes time to part ways. It’s not a negative thing. It’s natural in both a company’s and employee’s evolution.
So of course, in my usual unusual way, I decided to go into my last day of work dressed as Batman to see if I could spark some silly smiles. I mean, did anyone expect anything else!?!? 🙂
I’ll be taking some time off to re-energize and spend time with my family. Oh, and you guessed it, continue to work hard on the BatBerry!
With that said, I leave you with some pictures of my last day showing only a tip of the iceberg of the incredibly awesome, talented, passionate, and fearless people who work for BlackBerry.
Now… Let me get out to that garage and make this Batmobile work with the most trusted and secure smarphone on the planet!
I mean… would Batman use anything less!