I apologize. I know I've been seriously neglecting this blog for the past few months. Some time ago, one of the founders of a Bellevue, Washington-based stealth software startup approached me and asked me if I'd be interested in working with them as an advisor on readability issues. Things have escalated since then, and I'm now engaged full-time on User Experience and Readability issues.
It's just like the early days at Aldus Europe, or in the eBooks team at Microsoft. The way I work is much more suited to startups than large companies. I once told a former boss,”Once a company gets big enough to have an HR department, it's time I started to think about moving on…”
It's nice to be working with some old friends and former colleagues. In a good startup, there are no demarcation lines. If moving forward means you find yourself evaluating and recommending software test tools as well as identifying, filing and triaging bugs, then that's what you do. You're in a lifeboat, and everyone's paddling towards dry land. A common goal. You're all in it together. Zero politics, power plays or executive interference. A breath of fresh air.
It's exciting. Expect some formal announcements of what we're up to in a few weeks…