RIM: So long, and thanks for all the fish

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish! So, this is it. My last day of employment at Research in Motion. After nearly five years at the company, I'm leaving a great team.

Handing in my resignation letter was a liberating experience. It's definitely preferable to the alternative means of termination. I feel for the two thousand employees laid off earlier this year. I've been in their position before, and it's not a fun place to be.

My time at RIM has seen some interesting transitions. When I started, the original BlackBerry Pearl was the latest device, marking the entry into the consumer market, from a pure enterprise position. Most recently, the Playbook has staked a tenuous position in the tablet market.

It's been a fun ride, but it's time to switch streams. As many resignation notices on the tech world state: So long, and thanks for all the fish. There were after all, some delicious fish along the way. As Douglas Soltys pointed out in his post yesterday, there are a number of colleagues that I leave behind. It's been a blast working with them.

Next Monday I'll start my next chapter of employment, with a quarter of the commute. I look forward to a fun challenge, one in which I'll be able to directly see the results of my work in the company. That's part of the challenge in working for a smaller company as well. There is more responsibility, but a greater stake in the rewards.

Here's to the future.