Saturday, September 15, 2007

Eric Fossum Left Siimpel

Eric Fossum writes in dpreview forums: "I am hoping to get back to R&D soon. I finished my CEO assignment at Siimpel..." So CEO leaves Siimpel at the very moment when its first product reaches the market. It seems there is an interesting story behind this.

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  1. When the founders, friends from JPL, asked me to "unretire" to lead the company (then SiWave) I told them that I would do it for 2 years and by then they should have learned enough to run things themselves. After 2-1/2 years they felt ready to handle it themselves. Not so interesting.

    I am satisfied to have found a product focus for the company, raised over $25M in financing, grew the company from a 20 person R&D company to a 110+ person product company, and left it heavily engaged with several tier 1 handset manufacturing partners. I believe Siimpel has a bright future and am glad to have been able to make a difference.

    It was a little like Photobit deja vu, all over again. :)

    -Eric Fossum

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  2. Eric,

    Thank you for telling us the story. I've seen managers claiming they have come for a predermined time only, then leave. However, none of them has left their companies after that time expired. You must be a rare exception in the industry.

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