Taking the big leap

I’m taking the big leap. Again. I’m leaving employmentship and going out on my own. Today is my last day working for mediaRAIN. Suck. I’m planning on partnering with a friend, Jake Hilton, to provide heavy Flex development for local companies and media firms. We’re both top in the state in Flash, Flex, and Flash Media Server, so we should be able to provide a very nice offering. And we’ll be working on our own products as we find the time. Layered Content is my first priority along those lines and I hope to have a working version out in the next month. mediaRAIN has been one of the greatest companies I’ve been with. I’m totally going to miss the guys here. I know they’re going to do great things and have mixed feelings about leaving them. But I know what I need to do and will do it. So now I am free to do contract work. If Jake and I create a company we’ll have to name it something like

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Jake and Jac. It will probably be a source of confusion for people. :) If you’re looking for some Flex work go ahead and email me. I’ll see what we can do for you. I’m also thinking about moving to Portland. Wouldn’t be for a year if it happened, but I’d like to know your thoughts about Portland. Good place to work? Do they have a good user group? Cool people there?

5 Responses to “Taking the big leap”

  1. Ryan Roberts Says:

    Stoked you guys are heading out on your own. I myself am considering heading back out to do my own gig. I left self employment to work for a firm in south FL and its just not what it was made out to be. If you are interested in talking id love to network and discuss projects. ryan@e1even.com

    Good luck and congrats.

  2. Jacob Wright Says:

    “its just not what it was made out to be.” I agree. I really was hoping to be able to get the company to work on products but client work is their passion. I respect that. I have a passion for building solid applications and wouldn’t want to change.

    I’d love to discuss projects Ryan. My next focus is a CMS that will use AIR, Layered Content. I’ve got some great ideas for it and have some good groundwork already started.

  3. Ben Says:

    Good luck Jacob! Portland is a wonderful city…but why move? Is there a geographical reason for the move? Closer to tech companies you want to work with?

  4. Jacob Wright Says:

    “Closer to tech companies you want to work with?”

    Precisely. And Brittany, my wife, didn’t want to do San Francisco just yet. :)

  5. jessicaper Says:

    It’s a very risky step in your life. Once I wanted to move to another city to start new life but that didn’t happen. Good luck to you!!!