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January 11

Over the years...

 
 

Here's to what's next

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Last week, I shared that I have decided to move on from DreamHost, and its been a crazy week tying up loose ends, meeting with colleagues to remember our time together, and reflecting on the past.Β 

Now, its time to focus on what's next.

On January 16th, I start as Chief Technology Officer at Reliam, a managed cloud service provider based out of Los Angeles, CA. Reliam has just secured up to $75 Million of investment from Great Hill PartnersΒ to drive growth. Simon Anderson, former CEO of DreamHost, and my ex-boss, has joined Reliam as CEO. I am thrilled by the possibilities that are ahead of us!

Why does this opportunity excite me? Well, that requires some storytelling that will come later. Suffice it to say, the tectonic shift to public cloud is a huge opportunity, and I believe that this team and company have what it takes to help businessesΒ of all shapes and sizes make the move.

Looking forward to an amazing 2018!

 
 
 
 
 

Checked into DreamHost West

Last day at DreamHost ❀️

 

After hearing Joe Biden last night and Pete Souza tonight, I’m reminded of just how grateful I am for the eight years of service of Barack Obama as President. We were so blessed!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nothing says quittin' time like a nice glass of Woodford Reserve. Tasty.

 

Reflections: Brisbane

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Brisbane is an amazing city. Even though it is the first city that I have visited in Australia, I am fairly confident that it will be my favorite. The city has a nearly ideal combination of my favorite parts of a city all rolled into one. Brisbane is near the beach, has a vibrant downtown bubbling with activity, boats one of the finest public transit systems that I have ever seen, and sits directly on a beautiful river. On top of this, the city has the most attractive outdoor public spaces in the world, including the Brisbane Botanical Gardens, and the South Bank outdoor market. It also has a fantastic cultural base with a popular Performing Arts Center, an excellent natural history museum, and some decent sports teams.

All in all, I adored Brisbane, and I would love to visit again. I will talk to you soon from Sydney!

No worries mate!

 

Moreton Island

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Yesterday a group of us took a day trip to Moreton Island, which is home to the world's largest sand dunes. We started the day at 6:00 AM with a bus ride, and arrived in Moreton Bay around 7:30 AM. We boarded a small racing sail-boat called SOLO, which has apparantly been around the world several times, and has won some fairly significant races. The boat departed for our 3 hour sail over to the island. We all enjoyed the boat ride out, which was smooth, sunny, and beautiful.

When we pulled into the island, we were allowed to jump off of the boat and take a swim over to the island. Once on the island, we were treated to a variety of water sports, including tubing and snorkeling around sunken ships. We were supposed to be allowed to sand board down 200 foot sand dunes, but the people running the trip claimed that the sand was too hot... but I don't buy it. So, I went ahead and climbed the dunes on my own several times, and ran down them, jumped off them, and generally put myself into danger β€” lots of fun =)

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The island was stunningly beautiful, and had the bluest and clearest water that I have ever seen. Overall, it was a great trip β€” until the ride back. The wind picked up about and hour before we left the island, and by the time we had eaten lunch and were preparing to head home, the wind was blasting us, and the ocean had sprung to life with some very large swells (6-8 feet). This made for a horrific 4 hour journey back home, complete with water splashing into the cabin, people puking over the side of the boat, and crying asian tourists. Luckily, one of the people on our trip brought prescription strength dramamine with them, and I took two of them. I basically just passed out in the cabin from drowsiness, and awoke with a pretty bad motion sickness hangover.

Overall the trip was fun, and I really enjoyed myself! I will make sure to blog later about a summary of my experience in Brisbane, and my journey to Sydney.