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This Gun’s for Hire

Screen from the arcade game "Battlezone": "Game Over. Press Start."

Life in a startup is full of adventures with its fair share of ups and downs. Budgets shrink and grow, teams shrink and grow and strategies constantly evolve. During these challenging economic times, it’s the companies who maintain their focus while controlling their spending discipline that will survive.

b5media lives and dies by these same rules, and those of us in the ad-driven internet business expect no less. In this current market environment, it is the mandate of a responsible business to look at ways to stretch their dollar and cut their costs.

My role at b5media as Nerd Wrangler, a.k.a. Technical Project Manager, overlaps too closely with the Director of Technology, and there just isn’t enough work to go between the two of us. The Powers That Be at b5 had to make a tough call, but they made the right one for the company: they had to let me go. My final day at the company will be Friday, October 3rd.

I’d like to thank Jeremy Wright and the rest of b5media for taking me on and for the experience at b5 over the past seven months.

Old movie poster: "This gun for hire"

And to the rest of you: this gun’s for hire!

(Here’s my LinkedIn Profile.)

25 replies on “This Gun’s for Hire”

I’d just like to repeat what everyone knows: Joey is an awesome employee. From an attitude standpoint, an experience standpoint and a cultural standpoint he’s fantastic and I’d be happy to recommend him in the future!

(hell, if he’ll have me I’d love to work with him in the future!)

Gooey, once again you show nothing but class and grace in what, for most, would be a very disheartening situation. I’m sure the toughest decision you’ll have to make is which of the many inevitable job offers you’ll accept!

Cheers!

Joey, that’s tough new to hear. Great meeting you earlier this year in person and hanging out. As the previous commenter said, you handled tough news with class and professionalism on the blog. Exactly what matches how everyone knows you in the real world too. Best of luck. Look forward to seeing where you end up.

Very sorry to hear this, Joey. I’ve been away on holidays and just found out. I know you’ll land on your feet again, and I can see that all the previous commenters agree with me.

Aw snap. I had no idea. Just back from a trip abroad and behind on my feed-reading, so I completely missed this.

I’m sorry Joey – this sucketh mightily, for both you and Jeremy and gang. It’s heartening to see the two of you displaying so much grace and professionalism over this, yet there’s still no way to unsuck it.

If you don’t mind, I’m going to ping a few people and see if I might be able to stir anything up. A real longshot, but you never know…

[…] Those of you who know me well know that I went to one of the “white kids” schools – Crazy Go Nuts University, a.k.a. Queen’s. For me, it’ wasn’t that University of Toronto was too Asian, but too close to home; going there felt like flying to Paris and eating at McDonald’s. Queen’s, and for that matter, the other “Canadian Ivies” Western and McGill (where my sister did her undergrad), were popular choices with those Asian students who wanted to work both sides of the cultural divide. I led an experience more akin to Harold and Kumar than Long Duk Dong, but still majored in computer science. Crazy Go Nuts University let me sharpen both my computer programming skills and schmooze-fu, and both have proven to be a handy yin and yang that have kept me quite recession-proof (I even ended up benefiting from the econopocalypse of 2008). […]

[…] Those of you who know me well know that I went to one of the “white kids” schools – Crazy Go Nuts University, a.k.a. Queen’s. For me, it’ wasn’t that University of Toronto was too Asian, but too close to home; going there felt like flying to Paris and eating at McDonald’s. Queen’s, and for that matter, the other “Canadian Ivies” Western and McGill (where my sister did her undergrad), were popular choices with those Asian students who wanted to work both sides of the cultural divide. I led an experience more akin to Harold and Kumar than Long Duk Dong, but still majored in computer science. Crazy Go Nuts University let me sharpen both my computer programming skills and schmooze-fu, and both have proven to be a handy yin and yang that have kept me quite recession-proof (I even ended up benefiting from the econopocalypse of 2008). […]

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