It's a big day today. After two and a half years I've decided to transition out of my operating role at MuleSource and will be devoting my full time efforts to a new company I have been working on. It's clear that I am a glutton for start-up punishment.
I met with the board and the senior leadership team today and we all agreed the timing is right. We have a great new VP of Sales, and a new VP of Services along with the existing team. I initiated a CEO search in June and we expect to have a new person in place by the end of the year at the latest.
I started the search because I felt like a more "professional" CEO would be able to take the company to the next level--basically I felt like the opportunity was bigger than me and wanted to grow faster. Now that all the pieces are coming together I feel like I can step out cleanly, setting the stage for continued growth.
It's tough to let go away of something that you spent so much time on, but I feel good about where the company is and what I am doing next.
When Ross and I started the company in 2006 we felt like we had a "good idea". Fortunately the market has agreed and with tens of thousands of Mule instances in production worldwide, it's clear that the product works and people love it.
I completely believe in the Mule products and open source, and I need the company to be successful (remember I am still a large shareholder so don't expect me to go negative on the company) but the time has come to do something new.
The new company will be in stealth mode for a little while, but if you read my blog consistently you should be able to glean some clues.