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End of my Bryght Era

Submitted by Roland on Wed, 2009-05-20 20:59

May 15, 2009 was my last day of work for Raincity Studios and with it of course my involvement with Bryght ended as well. It's been a great ride! Thanks to all the Bryght Gals, Guys, customers, investors, friends and of course the folks at Raincity Studios. I am certain that the "Bryght Children" will in their own way (in a small "Fairchild children" way, haha!)  continue to make their mark  (e.g. Rilli, Bootup Labs, and I predict many many more). My next post will be about my new job but for now a few random thoughts and reflections (apologies to the great people I have omitted!):

  • I'll never forget moving day into the first Bryght offices at 525 Seymour with the folks at EQO (also gone).
  • Bryght Light developed by Adrian and the rest of the Bryght team was and is a Drupal milestone. I can't to see what the fine folks at Lullabot and Acquia  and WorkHabit and the other fine folks doing Drupal hosting come up with. Not to mention what happens with Development Seed, Adrian and  the other folks developing Aegir. Aegir definitely ups the proverbial Drupal hosting 'ante'.
  • Speaking of WorkHabit, I will always be impressed by their VPS hosting partnership with Bryght. As far as I know Bryght VPS was the only Drupal-centric VPS hosting from a Canadian company, one of the few in the world and probably the first. Nobody did it better. Thanks to Richard, Gary of WorkHabit, incredible system engineers and sysadmins: Narayan Newton and Ben Holt. Learned some great lessons:i.e. always iterate, automate and listen to the market!

Herewith some random Bryght photos to end it off in a visual style! Ciao Tschüß!

Fri19Nov2004 Dinner with Dave Winer at Phnom Penh - Boris, KrisWalking to New Town Bakery - N95-1 image - 035Buying a Europe to North American adapter - 07/12/2006Bryght walk - Downtown to Strathcona 05June06 - 7Loyalty Fidelity Broccoli digitally cross processedDrupal - OSCON 2005 T shirt sneak peekPre Gnomedex - 22June2005 - 12New Raincity Studios Offices - Album Cover Pose IIPhones for Fearless-20081223-129Adrian arrives in Vancouver - 2Walkah plays with N91 - 17112006096Puregin aka Djun at OSCMS


the next step is always the most challenging and hard bit

Seems that, much like they way galaxies/planets are formed, companies go nova, sending talent all over the place, to create new and exciting products/services/technologies.


--- Oren

yes that's how capitalism is supposed to work and sometimes it actually does :-) !

OMG! I was shocked when I first heard the news this might be happening and am still in denial about the news. As I told you privately Roland I will share with the world. You have been an outstanding leader in technology and social media for all of us in Vancouver and beyond - far before this arena was crowded with overnight "experts". You challenged everyone around you to look to the future and see how technology can help you share simple daily pleasures such as posting a meal or video from your mobile phone, long before others saw the capabilities or relevancy of doing those things.


Roland, I know your talent, leadership and skills will take you on the right path in the future. I have always looked to you as being one of the greatest influences and inspiration in my evangelizing of technology. I see nothing changing that for what lies ahead in the future.

The best of luck to you and your family my friend. I anxiously await news of your next venture and adventure.

Truly all the best,

Robert Sanzalone Vancouverite living in Nagoya, Japan

sorry for the late reply but i truly appreciate the public and private kind words and isn't it great how we all continue to go forward and learn from each other?

definitely stop by for coffee next time you are in Vancouver!