Last week I took the momentous decision to wave goodbye to my friends and colleagues at DRW, and try something new.
I had an amazing 7½ years at DRW, learning so much and making some firm friends. DRW is an excellent company to work for, and this was the longest job I’d ever had. That made the decision to leave extremely hard, but I felt it was time to try something new.
I’m taking a few months off, and then I’m very excited to start work at Coinbase in the summer, where I will be working on making their exchange software even more awesome. I’ll be staying in the Chicago area, so disruption to my family is minimal.
In the next few weeks I’ll be spending a lot of time with my wife and kids, but I also hope to use the time to work on Compiler Explorer and other open source projects. And finally complete Zelda: Breath of the Wild too!
Alas, I’ve fully fallen into the “too busy to update is blog” camp. Almost anything I do of interest now I post on Google+, Twitter or even Facebook (when I want my parents to see it too).
All continues well here in Chicago, we continue to make more friends here and start to put down roots of a sort. It just occurred to us now that our youngest is now more than 50% American! He celebrates his second birthday next week – where does the time go?
In the next few months we’re going to have to make our mind up whether we’re going to stay a little longer than our initial two year stint. That’s going to be a tricky decision; we really miss our friends and family in the UK but there’s so much to be said for staying too…
Work continues to be so much fun: I never thought all those skills I learned in the games industry would have so much value anywhere this side of a GPU!
We’ve successfully survived our first week in Chicago! It hardly seems like yesterday we were panicking about getting the house in Horsham packed up before the taxi to the airport arrived.
The boys were amazingly patient on the flight — eight and a half hours and not a peep from either. Isaac played happily in Ness’s lap, and William slept or watched CBeebies on the British Airways in-flight entertainment.
Clearing through immigration was far less traumatic than we were anticipating: as we had small children and lots of hand luggage an airport employee took pity on us and let us through the fast track line. The immigration officer was friendly and helpful and processed our visas in no time. Past immigration, we found a porter to help us pick up our six large suitcases, two car seats, pram and buggy board and load them onto a taxi. Before we knew it we were sitting, somewhat shell-shocked, in our new apartment overlooking Millennium Park.
2010 has been an exciting year for the Godbolts:
Chicago's skyline in Winter. (Image courtesy of Fernando Mandujano)
We’ve been warned that Chicago’s winters are considerably worse than the ones we get in the UK, so we’re a little anxious about how we’ll cope. At least the recent snow here has prepared us a bit!
It’s a sad day today: my last day working for Google. I’ve had such a great time and it’s sad to wave goodbye to all my friends, and leave behind all the cool and exciting secret projects.
So very excited about the new few weeks though — Ness and I are off to Chicago at the weekend (first time away without the kids) to house-hunt and generally enjoy ourselves. Then back to the UK and my first day in the new job!
So, there’s been a drought of updates yet again. Of course I’ve been busy, and of course there’s no real excuse other than laziness.
I’m breaking the hiatus with some even bigger news than last time: I’m leaving Google! I’ve had an absolutely fantastic two years developing all manner of fun stuff, working on cramped little mobile phones right up to the distributed cool infrastructure that’s Google’s hallmark.
I’m leaving to go and work in “the City” for a private investment company on some super cool (but secret) stuff. There’s a twist: this City isn’t London: it’s Chicago!
Another quick update. My excuse for not posting recently is that we’ve been busy moving house and looking after two increasingly energetic boys!
We’re now living in Horsham, West Sussex, and it has been quite an upgrade from a modest two bedroom terrace to a detached 4 bedroom property. The boys love the space and William in particular loves running around the garden!
Some pics of the move are available on my picasaweb site.
A very quick update here, but for those not on Facebook or Twitter, we’ve announced the name of Godbolt v2.0 — his name is Isaac Benjamin Godbolt.
Isaac (or Zac for short) is doing well, he’s putting on weight and Mum has recovered well. William continues to be a lovely big brother to the “babby”, though he can’t say Isaac or even Zac. The best he can do is “Zatt”, which will do for now!