Eleven years ago I purchased 100 LEDs and Phenoptix came into being. It grew slowly and largely effortlessly into a well known pillar of the fledgling maker community. For the last five years phenoptix has been a full time gig. In that time the landscape has changed greatly and along with it my priorities in life. For four and a half years of that time I've been a father and have had to make tough choices between spending time on phenoptix as a business and spending time with my growing family.
In the last few months I've decided that my family has to come first. Phenoptix has been great but I can't warrant the amount of time and energy it needs to make it thrive and survive in the modern maker market so I've decided it's time for a massive change. Phenoptix as it's been know will cease to be an online store. It will however continue producing and distributing the behemoth smash hit that is the #meArm and the name phenoptix will continue in the maker world attached to all I do.
What will I be doing in the maker world? Well I'll be the new Head of Customer Experience at Ciseco. Ciseco make a whole heap of excellent products and it will be my job to make them more user friendly with documentation and tutorials. I've worked with Miles and Matt at Ciseco in the past and have always been impressed with their smart products and tireless work ethic. Will, the new Head of Channel Strategy (sales!), is another amazing character and adds a whole new facet to the Ciseco team. If I were to recruit a group of people to build an amazing company these would be the people I would pick. Add to that the Customer Experience job is the sort of thing I've always wanted to do with phenoptix and have never quite found the time to do. Pheno is from the Greek for "I bear light" also means to explain or illuminate a situation. I enjoy explaining things and Ciseco have a lot that needs explaining!
If you're wondering where all of the cool things have gone, don't worry! They are in good hands! They're still together and have gone to live on a farm in Essex, well near a farm, they've joined the Makersify Revolution!
Should really finish this by saying a massive thanks to all of you that have been supporters and friends over the last eleven years. I'm not going far and I'm probably going to have more time to talk to you! Join me on the forums at Openmicros!