As of today, I’m no longer an EPS employee. I have decided to go solo and take on an opportunity to work full time on a Rails project. It has been over 8 years and 7 months since I’ve joined the company (that’s my personal record!). It was by far the best company I’ve ever worked at. I will continue to have a professional relationship with the company, doing some contracting work as opportunities arise. But, above all of that, I definitely want to continue my friendship with everybody there.
With EPS, I have learned a ton, I’ve been encouraged to continue doing presentations, I’ve had the chance to teach and learn from my fellow co-workers, I’ve had lots of fun at “EPS Fun Days” and all other informal get-together.
I am very fortunate: other than the one time when I was still 14 years old, I have never had to search for work. I can trace every job I had back to somebody who came after me offering some sort of opportunity. Out of all these people, Markusand Ellen were the ones that offered me my biggest opportunity, and that will never be forgotten.
So what’s next?
If you’ve been following my blog, you have probably seen my postsabout Rails development, so you know I’ve been enjoying it a lot. Over the last couple of months I’ve been working nights and weekends on a Rails project, and I’ve been offered the opportunity to work on it full time, for at least one year. The project is fun, and the clients are great people to work with, so after putting a lot of thought into it, I decided I should go for it.
I’ll continue with the Virtual Brown Bag every Thursday, as well as writing this blog, so I won’t be dropping off the radar. 🙂
#1 by Steve W on June 22, 2011 - 9:01 am
Good luck with your new project!
#2 by Ben Scheirman on June 22, 2011 - 9:57 am
That’s fantastic! I wish you luck in your new journey. I’m sure you won’t regret it!
#3 by claudiolassala on June 22, 2011 - 10:00 am
Thanks, man! Watch out: you and JB will sure be receiving lots of noob Rails questions. 🙂
#4 by Rick Borup on June 22, 2011 - 10:20 am
Congratulations and welcome to the community of independent developers. Boa sorte, amigo!
#5 by claudiolassala on June 22, 2011 - 11:11 am
I did work as an independent for almost a year before joining EPS, when I was still in Brazil. Hopefully it’ll be alright. 🙂
#6 by Michael Steinberg on June 22, 2011 - 11:02 am
Wow, That is news.
Good Luck Claudio.
This does not get you off the hook on Techfest presentations or future HDNUG visits , 🙂
Though if you want to change the topics we can talk about it.
#7 by claudiolassala on June 22, 2011 - 11:10 am
Yeah, I’m looking forward to TechFest. The topics I’ve sent you a while ago are still good, as far as I’m concerned. We’ll figure something out for future HDNUG visits. 🙂
#8 by Alper on June 22, 2011 - 4:08 pm
Congrats and good luck Claudio. I hope that you continue sharing so that we can learn from your experiences.
#9 by claudiolassala on June 22, 2011 - 5:19 pm
Thanks. You can count on that!
#10 by Brice on June 29, 2011 - 5:06 pm
Awesome… Maybe I will be able to live some Rails vicariously through your posts 😉 I went back to indy last November. I have been working on a side project called Gridiron Grunts (connect with pro athletes on iPhone/iPad coming soon to Android) for almost a year now. We are getting some traction!
Good luck, man!
#11 by claudiolassala on June 29, 2011 - 5:12 pm
Yeah, I’ll continue posting my experiences in Rails and related stuff.
#12 by Alex Sosa on July 10, 2011 - 10:32 pm
I look forward to reading about your Rails experiences. Please add some comments in the UT Rails section, or at least add a reference every time you blog about Rails.
#13 by claudiolassala on July 10, 2011 - 11:09 pm
You can see all posts I’ve written related to my Rails experiences: https://lassala.net/tag/rails/
I’ll drop in the UT when I get a chance.
#14 by Alex Sosa on July 10, 2011 - 11:37 pm
Agile Web Development with Rails is a very good book.
#15 by Andrew MacNeill on July 11, 2011 - 7:10 am
Good luck Claudio!
Looking forward to reading your posts…cheers!
#16 by claudiolassala on July 11, 2011 - 8:52 pm
Thanks, Andrew! 🙂