Last Wednesday, July 31, I left Mozilla as a full time paid-staff.
Seven years at Mozilla has fundamentally changed how I operate. It’s redefined my values and helped define my personal mission & purpose.
The impact I had on Mozilla and on the Mozilla Project extended far outside Mozilla IT Operations and I hope to continue to be connected to the Mozilla Project (but more on that in another post).
For now I’ll simply share the note I sent to Everyone@Mozilla:
Adios, au revoir, sayonara
On March 15, 2006 I quietly joined Mozilla. Seven years and four months later, I quietly take my leave. July 31 will be my last day here.
I had this moment of clarity awhile ago when I realized I have an awesome set of leaders under me and it was time, as Mitchell has said, to let them step into new roles and for me to step out.
To my Mozilla IT:
I have enjoyed being there for you.
I have enjoyed seeing you grow.
I have enjoyed seeing you handle some crazy, complicated challenges.
I will miss the camaraderie we developed and shared with each other.
I will miss the late nights working with you.
You always worked with me, never for me. And as much as I tried to help you, you helped me.
For this, and much much more, I thank you.
To my friends,
I made friends with people I worked with, people who are friends first and co-workers second. I will miss seeing you every day. This is probably the hardest realization.
You have helped me grow and become who I am today.
In many ways, you, and this organization, have made an impact on me that cannot be undone.
My thoughts and actions have been shaped by what we have collectively been accomplishing and what we have set out to accomplish.
I could write much much more, of course so I’ll just leave with this:
“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”