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Chris Shiflett

Hi, I’m Chris: entrepreneur, community leader, husband, and father. I live and work in Boulder, CO.

Goodbye, OmniTI

At the end of August, I'm leaving OmniTI.

The summary is easy. The explanation is not. A leader's departure is fertile soil for speculation, but hopefully my brief explanation will be enough to satisfy your curiosity. If you want more details, you're welcome to speak with me about it directly.

Like many of my OmniTI colleagues, I'll be in San Jose next week for OSCON.

I'm not going to tell you things are great, but things aren't that bad either. I just have ambitions that cannot be fulfilled at OmniTI, so I have decided to say goodbye.

OmniTI has many strengths, and there is no better company in the world for help with hard problems like scalability and performance, architecture and infrastructure, and data management.

I'm happy to have been a part of OmniTI's success over the past few years, and to have had the opportunity to work with smart, friendly people. I'm especially proud to have played a role in hiring so many of them:

It has been a fun ride, but it's time to move on. New, exciting things await, and I can't wait to tell you about them. To all of my colleagues at OmniTI, so long, and thanks for all the fish!

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Goodbye, OmniTI was posted on Fri, 17 Jul 2009. If you liked it, follow me on Twitter or share:


1.Dajve said:

Good luck in the future

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 at 16:09:46 GMT Link

2.Sean Coates said:

I'm still unsure how I feel about this; been doing a lot of thinking. One thing I do know: you'll be missed, and it will be sad to have you go.


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Fri, 17 Jul 2009 at 16:14:00 GMT Link

3.Nicholas Sloan said:

Good luck, Chris. It's been an absolute pleasure working with you, and I'm sure your new ventures will be satisfying and successful. We'll miss you!

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 at 16:15:33 GMT Link

4.Andrei Zmievski said:

Whatever you end up doing, I'm sure it'll be fantastic. :)

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 at 16:19:33 GMT Link

5.Luke Welling said:

You will be missed Chris. I hope you find (or already have) the opportunity you need.

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 at 16:21:05 GMT Link

6.Corey Cossentino said:

Good luck Chris. You'll be missed.

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 at 16:25:44 GMT Link

7.Richard Lynch said:

Looking forward to seeing your next blog post, where you tell us what's next!

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 at 16:53:25 GMT Link

8.Anthony Gentile said:

Best of luck Chris! I'll keep in touch whether you like it or not! :>

P.S. I forgive you for making me sit in an uncomfortable chair for a year.

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 at 16:57:32 GMT Link

9.Stefan said:

Oh wow, this is a surprising development. Good luck with the new things coming up. Being in a change of jobs myself, I know it can be rather exciting to be going into something new! Have fun!

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 at 17:57:21 GMT Link

10.Dan Kalowsky said:

Everyone needs a change from their daily life at some time. Sounds like you've reached yours. Look forward to hearing about your new challenges.

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 at 18:18:15 GMT Link

11.Lorna Mitchell said:

All the best with whatever is next!

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 at 20:28:19 GMT Link

12.Grant Root said:

Good luck with whatever is next for you! I'm sorry I won't be there to see you at OSCON this year; I've enjoyed your sessions in the past.

Sat, 18 Jul 2009 at 03:44:34 GMT Link

13.Ivo Jansch said:

Good luck with whatever it is that you are going to do next, I'm sure OmniTI will not be the same without you!

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 at 06:40:10 GMT Link

14.Zac said:

Good luck.

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 at 22:06:30 GMT Link

15.Dynom said:

Better late then never. Good luck on your new adventures!

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 at 07:50:00 GMT Link

16.Cal Evans said:


While I'm sure you will be missed at OmniTI, I'm equally sure that whatever you do next will be equally great. It will be hard for me to think of OmniTI without you but all things must change. Their star won't shine any less bright, just a different shade, without you.

Good luck,


Mon, 20 Jul 2009 at 08:35:01 GMT Link

17.Jim Plush said:

We're hiring at Panasonic! Come on Chris get back in the trenches and let's sling some code. :)

I just hear from Ciprian that you're departing, I have to say you being there was one of the reasons I began the engagement with omni so you'll be missed. Wish you the best!


Wed, 05 Aug 2009 at 19:21:19 GMT Link

18.Gabriel Reguly said:

Best of luck for you Chris.

Wed, 05 Aug 2009 at 20:12:35 GMT Link

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