July 21, 2003

A Big Move

Well, I've just done something that will totally change my life forever!
This weekend I signed and returned my acceptance of a job offer as a Program Manager for XML Web Services at Microsoft in Redmond.

I will be moving to Redmond and working alongside a great set of people, including Don, Tim, Keith, Yasser, Jeff, Gudge, and loads of other people I have yet to meet or have forgotten to mention.

In my view there are two companies that really "get" all this XML stuff - Cape Clear is one of them, and Microsoft is the other.? What has Microsoft got to offer that Cape Clear doesn't? - In one word "Redmond".
Redmond / Seattle are one of the few places I have traveled to in the USA where I immediately thought "I'd really like to live here". This was reinforced for me on every visit since then and on my recent visit to Sweden too. The quality of life is good, the scenery is good, the housing is affordable, the weather is very similar to London, and the population and housing density speaks for itself.

It was a tough decision, and in the end my reasons for leaving Cape Clear are largely based on personal factors - primarily by the opportunity to relocate to a part of the USA I really love, and work towards permanent residence status for me and my family. As such, this offer represents the opportunity of a lifetime to me, and is not something I can turn down.

It is with regret that I leave Cape Clear, but I am very confident Annrai and the gang will continue to grow the company into one of the key suppliers in the XML Infrastructure marketplace during the coming years.
I have enjoyed my time here, have learned a lot along the way, and I count myself lucky to have had the opportunity to work alongside this great team of people during the past 3 years.

So, I will very shortly be relocating with my family to the USA, once all the paperwork is sorted out. A move like this is a good time to "reboot your life" and clear out many of the dusty corners and general cruft that builds up over the years. Watch this space...

Entry categories: Cape Clear Microsoft
Posted by Jorgen Thelin at July 21, 2003 01:12 PM - [PermaLink]
Congratulations, Jorgen! Cool - they seem to gather all the cream from the Web Services world to make their 'vision' reality ... :-) Posted by: Christian Weyer on July 21, 2003 04:27 PM
Congratulations Jorgen! What a great time to be moving - you're gonna have a blast! Posted by: Ian on July 21, 2003 04:49 PM
Congratulations on the new job! I totally agree with you that redmond seems like a pretty nice place :) Posted by: Tomas Restrepo on July 21, 2003 06:33 PM
Congratulations, Jorgen! Posted by: Greg Reinacker on July 22, 2003 04:30 PM
Congratulations, Jorgen! Definitely the right man for the job. Posted by: Matevz Gacnik on July 23, 2003 02:31 PM
Congrats! Look me up when you arrive. Posted by: Robert Scoble on July 23, 2003 05:14 PM
Just two companies "get xml" -the only two you yourself work for. Now come on jorgen. Posted by: stephen fynes on July 24, 2003 07:46 AM
Hi Stephen, Well, you did miss out the most important parts of the sentence in your quote - "In my view there are two companies that really "get" all this XML stuff". Of course, your experiences/opinions may be different, but personally I have yet to see evidence to the contrary to convince me! Thanks for the comment though. As always in life, YMMV. - Jorgen Posted by: Jorgen Thelin on July 24, 2003 09:47 AM