Since 2010, I’ve been working for a small, privately held company located in Redwood City named “Silver Spring Networks”. I was drawn to the company because of its compelling use of networking technology to address one of mankind’s greatest challenges – making energy utilization more efficient. These are the folks behind what are now known as “smart meters” and the “smart grid.” And this is a company that clearly punches above its weight. With only about 650 employees, Silver Spring has already successfully deployed over 12 million networked endpoints (or meters) around the globe.
For me, the last two years have been a wonderful ride as I learned about the complexity of the global energy market and supported Silver Spring’s growth and new product releases. And, along the way, I met some truly brilliant people and made some very good friends.
But, a few months ago, I received a call from a very persuasive recruiter about a role at Adobe Systems located in San Jose. Adobe is one of Silicon Valley’s legendary companies with a history of strong innovation, spawning products like Postscript, PDF, Flash, Photoshop, Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Digital Marketing Suite, and many, many, others. It’s a global company with over 10,000 employees and a strong corporate culture and values. As I went through the interview process, I found the opportunity too compelling to resist.
So, yesterday was my last day at Silver Spring. When I arrived home my daughter could see it had been a tough one. She asked me how it went and I shared with her how I was feeling. She then asked if Adobe had announced my new role and I explained that the company had issued a press release that afternoon. As we were talking I could see her doing an internet search until she located the release online. As she silently read it, I supposed she would be proud of her father and say something complementary.
She finished reading, looked up from her laptop and said:
“You know the part where they describe you as an ‘industry veteran'”?
“Yes, I saw that.”
“That means you’re old.”
Which sums up nicely why it is easy to stay grounded in the Dillon household.