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Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 15:00 — 5 comments Edit

As I’ve already announced quite some time ago on Twitter, I will be joining Google as a Software Engineer, starting 1st of March in Munich.

Leaving EMC/X-Hive has not been an easy decision. I joined X-Hive in April 2005, and working there has in many aspects shaped my life. I’ve been very lucky to end up at such a liberal, easy going company, with great colleagues. I was able to do wonderful things (working on the core of an excellent product, in a very international team, business trips to both Americas, participating in the W3C XQuery Working Group, working with a diverse set of technologies…) which I guess wouldn’t have been easy at other companies. Some of the greatest things about X-Hive are the relaxed attitude, the “bottom-up” organization, the freedom for engineers to make their own calls, and the diligence and care for product quality. X-Hive feels very much like family.

I’ll be missing the company lunch at the big kitchen table, the snarky discussions, the Dutch (and Brazilian! and Czech! and Russian! and French! and Belgian!) humour. I might even be missing the Dutch food, with some exceptions (I’m looking at you, frikandel).

I don’t exactly know what I’ll be doing at Google yet, but I’m sure it will be interesting. It might sound cliché, but I’m looking forward to new challenges, learning new technologies, and a new team.

Good luck! And good to have someone with Google inside knowledge :-)

thanks for all your great work, energy and -yes- German humour.

p.s. can we use this farewell note in our next job posting?

Wish you all the best! And have a good time in Munich. I happen to be around there quite often.

Hals- und Beinbruch!


I believe that it is right decision. I know your feelings but unfortunately there is no future in IIG. I also have have missed the dutch lunch :)

Good Luck,