I have left Optaros. I have a unique opportunity to co-found a start-up again, building the technology side of the company, and I would always regret passing it up. Such opportunities are rare.
It's been a privilege to be a part of the Optaros management team and to contribute through its initial stage of growth, helping shape the open source software positions and strategy, and to work with the awesome team there. The consulting teams continue to put the company on the map by consistently delivering excellent work. It's been my pleasure to have helped put the company into the public eye working with the press and analysts, demonstrating our thought leadership, and keeping the company well represented in the larger open source software community. Optaros has a brilliant future in front of it. I will sorely miss working with the team.
But now I get to build a new team again. People that have heard me talk about building the technology team at Softway Systems will know that I believe there is nothing more fun than building the team and unleashing it on a righteous problem. The new company is still very much under cover, but we will be delivering a web hosted solution for small business communities through a lean and simple browser interface. We are Portland, OR based. Think AJAX. Think Ruby-on-Rails. Think open source software. Imagine turning certain bloated business software idioms on their collective head. Imagine what trust and reputation really mean in a community of companies. The recruiting drive begins .... NOW.