Meet the President and CEO
I mentioned in the last post that I interviewed directly with the founder of the new company.
He’d started two other companies prior to Hell. One of them failed, and the other had been purchased by a larger company for a decent amount of money. This is a good track record for technology startups, which have a complete fail rate of around 4 out of 5.
And I could see why he’d had some success. The guy was bursting with energy. He remains the most hyper-kinetic person I’ve ever met in the flesh. I’m not saying he’s charismatic, exactly, which implies likability, but he’s definitely firing on all cylinders, 24/7. I never saw him look sluggish or disinterested in anything.
But he was also demanding. He was the type of leader who says things like “I’m the hardest worker in my company, and I expect the same from all my employees.” Then he’d proceed to put in 80 or 90 hours over the course of the week. Another favorite: If I’m working, you should be, too.
It shouldn’t have surprised me. After all, everyone knows that the man in charge of Hell is pure evil.
And Evil don’t sleep.
I started on Friday, July 1st.
Now I’m sure you’re wondering why I’d start on a Friday. I mean, why would anyone in their right mind start at the end of a week? If anything, I should have taken time off between my old job and my new one. God knows I could have used a couple of weeks to decompress and let the black stains of goblin blood fade from my skin, residue from constantly fighting The Horde.
The thing was, Hell needed stuff done. And fast! They wanted to get a product demo released by the end of July. Mr. President and CEO promised something to show to a potential client by mid-August, which meant that the engineering staff was on the hook for some major work.
If I started on Friday, the thought was that I could work all weekend with our developers to erect this framework of servers which would ultimately allow clients to use the software that Hell was creating. They’d do the programming, and I’d do the service architecture and delivery. Pat yourself on the back if you know what I just said.
So that day, I met the team, and jumped in.