A sad departure from Six Apart and looking to the futurePosted: December 5, 2008
http://www.sixapart.com/) came to an unexpected and abrupt end when the company [laid me and 8% of my friends coworkers off](http://www.sixapart.com/blog/2008/11/changes-at-six-apart.html). In the wake of my dismissal I tried to understand why such a dedicated and passionate employee with so many accomplishments, with such a deep knowledge of each of their many products and who, as a former coworker told me, was “part of the DNA of the company” could be cut loose.
The more I thought about it though, the more I realized that it is just too easy to be bitter, and that the truth is that I have so much more to be proud of and thankful for having worked there: such as playing an important role in the invention of [OpenID](http://www.openid.net), helping to drive one of the most [successful launches in Six Apart’s history](http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/movable_type_40_launched.php) and spear heading the effort to [open source Movable Type](http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/06/05/movable-type-40-beta-launches-platform-to-be-open-sourced/). In fact, it is my having worked there that may very well be what saves me in the end. Following what [few initial slightly ambiguous tweets](http://twitter.com/byrnereese/status/1005797304) I did make regarding my change in status, I was inundated with email not only from friends, but also and more surprisingly from readers and followers of my blog that I didn’t even know I had.
The influx of inquiries, offers of freelance work, job referrals and simple words of encouragement made me conscious for the first time of the *extent* of the network I was building just by doing and sharing with people what I love and do best: creating. And I can’t help but think that the knowledge, experience and connections made while at Six Apart had a little something to do with the amazing network of friends, followers and supporters I now know I have.
So, now I begin to look forward, past the upset and disappointment of having been laid off from a company I love and admire, and towards a future I may otherwise have never been able to imagine for myself. What that future is however has not fully taken shape, as there is surprisingly a great deal of opportunity out there.
I would be curious what friends and followers of this blog think I should do? Should I venture off on my own? Try to make something of [Test Run](http://www.runtestrun.com/)? Become a premiere Movable Type consultant? Join a new and innovative company? Or, considering the economic climate, play it safe and join something more established? Let me know what you think:
What should I do next?
As I am in the process of deciding what is next for me, I am also looking for contract work that will allow me to make this decision in my own time. I already have some exciting projects lined up and that I am working on, but I am looking for more. So if you, or someone you know needs help, there are few who know more about [Movable Type](http://www.movabletype.com/). Drop me a line and let me know what you need help with, be it Movable Type, PHP, Perl, TypePad, blogging, or Product Management.