2000 - it all started quite nice. I just turned 30 and was living in London, just got together with my girlfriend and working for guideguide a very nice start-up which was going quite well at the time. One highlight of the year was a trip to OSCON in California, where I witnessed the beginning of Perl6, which seemed brilliant at the time and now appears a bit pointless.
2001 - will always be remembered for 9/11, someone in the guideguide office heard about it over IRC and we quickly confirmed it on TV. It was also the year where I bought my first iPod, maybe the only trend I ever spotted early. Nobody at the time imagined how either 9/11 or the iPod would shape the future.
2002 - I split up from my girlfriend for a while and decided that this would be the right moment to start drinking alcohol again after ten years.
2003 - guideguide was scaling down a lot now and I had to fire lots of people, which was probably one of the most stressful episodes of my business life so far.
2004 - with not much left of the company I decided I could as well move to Barcelona and work from there. It turned out to be a lot of fun and a lot more relaxed than London. It was also the year where I got ill and fixed up again.
2005 - a bit of work, a bit of travel, a lot of recovery
2006 - I quit guideguide after lots of years. It was a difficult decision, but nobody of the old gang was still around, so I didn't feel too bad. I was also looking for a local job and just being employed for a change. I used the rest of the year to chill and enjoy Barcelona.
2007 - Found a new job at opus5, learned lots of new stuff. For some reason the founder left after I just started, is it me ?
2008 - whatever happened to 2008?
2009 - I decided to stop drinking again, turned out to not be my thing after all. The economy made this year really interesting and I hope it will turn up some new opportunities in the future. Oh, and I turned 40 and I am looking forward to my mid-life-crisis, but that is the topic of another post.
And finally thanks to everyone who made these years more fun then they sound:
- my girlfriend Cat, who makes everything more lovely
- my family: Kathrin, Thomas, Klaus and Ulla, who helped me through some rubbish
- Mikel, who brought me to London
- the guideguide guys: Andy, Adam, Alex, Marc, Rob, Jasper, Ben, Luke, ..., who made me learn a lot and fast
- The Londoners: Anita, Justin and Graham who made it more fun
- Opus5: Dennis & Pablo, where I learned a lot of stuff I didn't wanted to know
Here are some random pictures from the past ten years