Goodbye Cruel World

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Mission Accomplished - Finishing the big server move in 2010

For those of you who don’t know Australian music very well Goodbye Cruel World is the title of the greatest hits album Brisbane band Custard released when they broke up. As most of the Envato community isn’t based in Australia, I’m guessing that covers most of you. Goodbye Cruel World also makes a pretty good title for the blog post where I say goodbye to Envato.

In a few weeks I’ll be finishing up as manager for the Marketplaces dev team and moving on. I’ve had an amazing four years working for Envato. When I think back to the time when I joined, to where we are today, I can’t help but think what an amazing run it’s been. I joined the company when we had only one marketplace, FlashDen (in fact that was the company name then too), and I was roughly user number 38,000. We now have nine marketplaces and around 1.4 MILLION users. We could fit an entire database backup on a burnt CD back then! Those were simpler times.

For those who are wondering, I’m leaving to join my friend (and former Envato dev team member) Glen‘s startup Goodfilms. I could never have left Envato for just another regular job, Envato is just such a different and special place I’m probably ruined for normal corporate gigs for life. That said, I’ve always wanted to try the startup life, so when Glen tapped me to join him as co-founder I decided it was time to give it a go.

I want to say a big thanks to the community of authors and buyers across all of the marketplaces. I think that one of the best things about this job compared to others I’ve had is the very direct and genuine relationship the community and staff have built over the years. I’d been used to jobs where they stuff the developers in a corner and tell you to be quiet… to have been able to talk every day in the forums with the users actually using your work has been absolutely amazing. Beyond just being fun and motivating, I think that the back and forth between the community and the dev team has been the biggest factor in making the marketplaces what they are today. So once again, to everyone using the marketplaces and jumping on the forums – Thanks!

So what does this mean for the Marketplace Dev Team? Ideally it will be business as usual. Pete, who has been lead architect and second in charge for the past couple of years, will run the team while we search for someone to lead the team forward. The team itself is the strongest it’s ever been, and growing rapidly.

I can’t remember the last time I wrote a welcome or goodbye forum post about the team so I’ll just give you the full roster: Lucas, Pete, Jack (or Chendo), Mark, Ben, Matthieu, Dave, Steve, and then Julian who starts in a week or so. These guys are all top shelf developers and I feel like I’m leaving the marketplaces in the best possible hands.

So see you later Envato, thanks for an awesome 4 years and the best job I’ve ever had.

P.S. The header image is from way back when Glen was on the team and we did the massive server move project in 2010.

  • Carmen

    Great post John! You will be sorely missed.

  • Skellie

    Sad to see you go John! Look forward to seeing what can do with your added brainpower :).

  • Blue Lagoon

    I can’t stop feeling that this is sad but good luck in your future endeavors John.

  • Adrian Try

    This is very sad, John. Goodfilms better be amazing! :)

  • Drew

    It’s been such a pleasure working with you over the years John. Best of luck with Goodfilms and future endeavors!

  • Travis King

    You rock John. We’ll always have Chicago 😛

  • Ibby

    Oh sad news! Another person I won’t be able to meet at KL :(
    Good luck with your project John!

  • contrastblack

    sad news indeed, but good luck mate! You have it in you and you know you’ll make it big ! xD

  • Joe Jenkins

    Good luck with the future.

    As a fgilm maker, film reviewer and film festival director, I am very interested to see how the start-up goes.

  • Giallo

    Good luck Jhon. Me too as you, I was working in a very different and young agency, and when i left I was worried if it was the right choice to leave such an awesome place.

    The thing is you can’t stay if you have everything in mind :)

    • Giallo

      I was meaning “other things” in mind, referring to your new business 😉

  • Altaf

    not a good news to hear anyway all the best :)