Today marks my 14th year with Autodesk. I really never thought when joining Autodesk back in 1998 I would be here 14 years later. I thought I would jump back out into the design and fabrication world again after a couple years. I was actually really surprised when I hit 3 years at Autodesk as that was my normal move to another company timeframe. The challenges, products, and the people at Autodesk and the great customers kept me at the same company for 14 years and broke my jumping off for new opportunities every 3 years habit.
In my decade+4 I have been in management of beta programs for the whole company, R&D projects, product management, product marketing, and as technology evangelist. When I look back at all the things I accomplished, I have to just smile and look forward to the future. I have came close to jumping a couple of times but always stepped back from the edge, and am really happy I stayed.
Here is a photo from my office in San Rafael California when I started in 1998.
And now a much wiser and well aged Shaan in 2011.
Nobody really knows what the future holds, you just make it. I will continue to do what I am happy doing and thank everyone that has been a part of my 14 great years at Autodesk! I learned so very much but still have a hard time keeping my mouth shut.
Now onto another exciting year at Autodesk!