Back to Software Garden
I have resigned from Interland as an employee and CTO. I will be available to them to provide advice on product and service offerings, and possibly participate on their behalf in various external relationships.

I am going back full-time to Software Garden, the tiny company that I founded in 1985. I plan to do consulting (for Interland and other companies) to bring in revenue, as well as product development and sales (for Software Garden). I have no specific product that I am set upon creating. I just want to spend a lot of time programming and then we'll see what happens. I love programming and hands-on product development and this change gives me the opportunity to do a lot more of it. With respect to consulting, it gives me an opportunity to learn about new business areas and perhaps new technologies, and the money will take some of the "ship now" pressure off of Software Garden.

I have very mixed feelings about this move. I am leaving to go to something I want but that I can't have if I stay in a big, public corporate environment, but at the same time I'm losing my old team. Over the past 8 years at Trellix and continuing as a group within Interland, I have worked with a great number of wonderful and very talented people. They, sometimes with my help and most often without, have created amazing award-winning products and a work environment filled with caring camaraderie. I look back at that with satisfaction and pride.

I continue to believe in the importance of the direction we have been going in our group at Interland. From what I've seen, a large number of small business owners need and want long-term professional help in taking advantage of the Internet. They need both consulting and actual execution coupled with the ability and training to do any or all of the execution themselves with easy to use tools. I've written this up in a previous essay ("Interland's Platinum 'Build A Web Site With You' as a solution to a techie's problem") and continue to see its value. Despite this belief, though, that is not my journey. Honing this "Do It With You" form of delivery is quite different from the pre-packaged software world where I've spent most of my life. I am much more interested in technical product development and miss being immersed in it personally.

I am also interested in understanding how a small software company can make money in today's world. The old business models of the early Software Garden days are from a different era. Today we have an even more fertile field for innovation. There is still evolution in how best to afford to produce each of the different types of software we need. Once I have some new products to distribute, I can experiment and learn myself.

This new phase in my work life should be interesting. I'll continue to share my thoughts and experiences on my website and weblog.

- Dan Bricklin, 14 February 2004

On March 11, 2004, Interland let go most of the employees in the Concord, MA office. It was a sad surprise to me.

- Dan Bricklin, 11 March 2004

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