Monday, June 29, 2009

Going indie!

This is sort of a message from the past. I wrote it yesterday, but had people I needed to talk to before I could hit the big old publish button. (Including this bit, so I really wrote it "today", but the earliest you can read it means that "today" will be "yesterday". This is one of those uses of the past-perfect-nevertense that blows up lesser recording equipment.)

Today (the real today that this thing was posted), I handed in my notice at Sophos. Six weeks from now, I will be officially an unemployed starving artist. I'm working on lining up a project to take up most of my time for the first few months of the new era, which really looks like it will work out, and of course need to solve the "marketing presence" problem. Although the fact that you're reading this probably means you already know who I am, and something about what I do. If you want a Cocoa or UNIX developer for a contract - especially one with experience in the worlds of security and scientific computing - then please see my LinkedIn profile to find out a bit more of what I've been up to, and drop me a line - here, at @iamleeg or to iamleeg at gmail dot com. I know there are a load of interesting people out there working on a load of interesting projects, one of the great things about WWDC every year is meeting you all and sharing in the excitement. Well hopefully I'll get to work with you on some of that cool software, too!

So, like many people who go self-employed, I've got little idea of what will happen next :-). I've got some ideas for apps which I'll be working on in the (probably too copious) spare time I'll have. But I'm going to focus on contracting and consulting in the short term. This is going to be an exciting time, if somewhat daunting...but you'll be able to check on my daunt levels right here, dear readers.

I promised at the turn of the year that there would be lots of blog posts on various tech things during the first half of the year. Unsurprisingly that didn't quite pan out, and I'm hoping to rectify that over the next couple of months now that I have fewer (perceived) content restrictions on the blog. And this first project I have lined up should certainly be producing some good'uns, assuming it all works out. I'll be the first to admit that if it doesn't, I'm heading for trouble very shortly. Which is why I know that it, or something very like it, will work out :-).

To fellow Sophists who are hearing about this for the first time here, I'm very sorry. I tried to let people know today but there are hundreds of you, one of me and lots of loose ends to tie by mid-August. But don't worry, there will be beer.

8 comments:

abizern said...

Best of luck, Graham. Looking forward to great things now that you can move full time to the Leopard family!

Eric Albert said...

Congrats! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do as an indie developer. :)

The boy Ken said...

Graham, it was the first I'd heard about it too, will the beer extend to those of us who aren't fellow Sophists?

tvsphil said...

Best of luck mate. Personally, I hate the real world, but I'm sure you do just fine. Hopefully ex-Sophisticates are invite to you leaving do....

Graham Cluley said...

Crumbs! I had no idea.

I guess that'll stop people confusing our names though.

See you soon old bean

leeg said...

There certainly is a surfeit of Grahams in that office. Hopefully I can help reduce the name-overload...

Hedgewytch said...

Respect Mate!

nina said...

I recommend self-employment, daytime TV is too good