The year was 1984 and the new computer that was rumored finally arrived at my local Apple reseller. I had drooled over the Lisa for months, but knew that its $10,000 price tag was way out of reach for my newlywed budget. Lisa’s newly announced little brother had some promise; I could buy it if there was a way to score an Apple credit card. After some begging for a co-signer, the 128K Mac was mine.
Fast forward to a year later and I was in Houston in Apple training learning how to sell Excel on the Mac. I pulled the sales trainer aside and inquired about how I’d get a job at Apple and were there any local developer opportunities. He politely said no and I wasn’t brave enough to try for a California move after having left Buffalo, NY just three months earlier, so I tucked my dream away for later.
Then three kids and several moderately successful startups later, I assumed that dream was dead and I would continue in my role as an indie developer and create apps for the devices I enjoy using.
But recently, everything changed. A sad passing of my wife’s dad, who lived with us for several years, gave us an opportunity to start the process of readying our home for sale so we could downsize. Our kids are all in their twenties and were moving towards more independence (even though much of it was precipitated by arm-twisting from their parents). That meant that Judy and I had options that we haven’t had in decades.
An email contact from an Apple recruiter kicked off a journey that I though I’d never take: Interviewing for a position at the tech company that I’ve loved since I first touched a computer.
I’m thrilled to announce that I have accepted a position and am now an Apple employee. These are exciting times for me and my family and I’m looking forward to growing and learning from all the brilliant people at Apple.
I’ll make sure that MoneyWell and Debt Quencher have a good home and will continue to improve and have a bright future—I rely on MoneyWell for my own budgeting and banking and don’t want it to go away either. While the transition is in progress, those two products will be sold and supported as they always have. There will be more details about that in a future post.
For now, I’m living the dream and life is good (a bit crazy at the moment, but very good).