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    superArti artifice's Avatar
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    I need a glass of wine... stat.

    Actually, I already have one, but I needed it bad.

    Found out today the company I am working for is being sold. Well- 90% of it. The remainder, essentially my division, is becoming its own company, which will consist of my boss and myself, plus a few freelancers.

    On one hand, I'm pretty stoked - many opportunities lie before me. Since returning to the company 6 months ago (you may remember its a merger of the company I worked for before I went to Denver) I've felt stifled creatively, and stunted professionally. I've now got the freedom to help develop this brainchild into something pretty awesome.

    On the other hand, I'm scared of the unknowns. Where's my next paycheck going to come from? What happens to my benefits? If the new company (which I've essentially become a direct partner in) sinks, I'm going to feel pretty responsible. I'm concerned what may be expected of me might be more than I can deliver. Do I know enough? This is a position I saw myself being in 5+ years from now in my career, not now.

    oh man, its been a heck of a year.
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    My manager and a few of my colleagues did that back in the 90's. I couldn't go because I had a family to support and needed to supply a paycheck. Eventually they sold their company to an up-and-coming corporation called "Netscape" and walked away with about 140 million to share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Hell of a dodged bullet there, sounds like.

    Best of luck to ye. You'll do fine.
    thanks! yeah, my first thought was, "should I start sending out resumes now, or wait until next week?"
    then i realized it could turn out to be something pretty cool. and if it doesn't work out, there's always unemployment!
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    superArti artifice's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    My manager and a few of my colleagues did that back in the 90's. I couldn't go because I had a family to support and needed to supply a paycheck. Eventually they sold their company to an up-and-coming corporation called "Netscape" and walked away with about 140 million to share.
    I like this! souds like some optimism for me, although I'm sorry for you

    my boss has a wife and 2 kids to support. If he wasn't pretty confident, I think he'd be headed a different direction. I can afford to take a gamble on it...
    i woke up one morning and i stepped out of bed | had to get a bike, had to paint it red
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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    That's the spirit. And that's your worst-case scenario, so you're doing pretty okay!
    only because im overly confident I wouldn't be unemployed "that" long. ha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by artifice View Post
    I like this! souds like some optimism for me, although I'm sorry for you

    my boss has a wife and 2 kids to support. If he wasn't pretty confident, I think he'd be headed a different direction. I can afford to take a gamble on it...
    No worries. I wasn't on the short list of people to ask first and those were the ones who made all the real money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by artifice View Post
    only because im overly confident I wouldn't be unemployed "that" long. ha.
    Unemployment = more time to train.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    Unemployment = more time to train.
    there's that too. im racing giant slalom thru february, and then training for an olympic tri in july... both are already financed.
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    So was it red or white? And what type?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
    So was it red or white? And what type?
    shiraz (red) by my friend chuck. it went very well with a turtle brownie...
    i woke up one morning and i stepped out of bed | had to get a bike, had to paint it red
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    Sounds like you are about to embark on a grand adventure. Have fun and enjoy the ride!
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    Don't panic. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by artifice View Post
    shiraz (red) by my friend chuck.
    Not two buck Chuck!


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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Wow, fancy. Good luck with that, too! The life of an artifice is an exciting one, it seems.
    pimpin, one might say.

    Quote Originally Posted by randya View Post
    Not two buck Chuck!

    actually, its 3 buck chuck (inflation?) haha. hey, i save the good stuff for the company...
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    Wow, sounds like some awesome potential arti!

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    Arti, from what I've seen, you don't have too much to worry about. Worst case scenario for you would probably be a couple weeks unpaid vacation....the upside potential is huge. Go for it, would be my advice.
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    Arti, you still have your cape...you're good to go.
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    Lisa: Did you know the Chinese use the same word for 'crisis' as they do for 'opportunity'?

    Homer : Yes. Crisitunity.

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    Throw me a million bucks when you sell the company for billions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jyossarian View Post
    Throw me a million bucks when you sell the company for billions.
    lol, i'll see what i can do. but as I don't intend to invest any money in it... i'll see if i can at least work out some profit sharing.
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    Of all the treasures I have, itís the memories that are the most precious.

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