[Correction – I didn’t intent on calling the author’s of Freakonomics “duds” – I meant “dudes, and have fixed it below… and I like their blog!]
I went to lunch with my ex-boss today. Actually, I worked for him for five years. Then he worked for me for five. Then we did a startup, and he was CEO – I left after a few months for a couple reasons – first, the direction the company took changed from developing our own web application to becoming a WiFi test/development shop – that’s cool – we had a lot of skill in that area. Second, the company couldn’t afford to pay me (and I wasn’t adding a lot of value in their new venture). Add into that a lot of personality/business crap that was mostly related to the fact that all of these guys (and girl!) used to work for either me, or someone that reported to me, and the mechanics just weren’t right. I wasn’t having fun, and I know many of them weren’t.
It was easier to leave then stay, and it was best for me, them, and the company I still own a piece of.
But besides the CEO, I have had VERY little contact with any of this team since I left in February – until today, when the CEO and I were at lunch, and four of my former employees/former coworkers walked in and were seated at the booth right next to our table. What are the odds in the seventh largest city in the nation, with all of the restaurants we have, that they are seated 3 feet away from us? I’m sure that freakonomics
dud dude could do the math – I can’t :).
Anyway, I have a hell of a lot of respect for these guys – they are smart… but I got the sense that they weren’t really comfortable with me being there, and that’s disappointing. Sure they worked for me – but there was also a time when all of us were friends, and now, somehow, I think we aren’t anymore.
It’s not their loss, or mine – it is our loss. Those of you that know me know I am a people person – so this just bothers me!