Thank you AgilOne

“I know that, right now, you have no idea what we’re doing. But I’m pretty sure you’ll figure it out”

The day was December 16, 2010. I was meeting Omer Artun for the first time, in a completely empty office in Los Gatos. The company was called Agilone (still with a lower case o).
I was one day from graduating and three days from flying back to France for Christmas. I really wanted to stay in the US for my first job, but pretty much all my tentatives had failed so far.
I had not yet convinced myself that this was it. So I still had my car, my apartment, a hundred or so CDs and no plans yet to get rid of them.

At this point, there were a lot of things I was not sure of:

I was only sure of three things:

I really don’t know what would have happened if I had to make the hour-long drive back home without a firm offer. But I never got a chance to hesitate, because Omer printed me a contract on the spot, taking Ben’s old contract and simply changing the name on it.

“I know that, right now, you have no idea what we’re doing. But I’m pretty sure you’ll figure it out”

This sealed it. And I’m so glad it did.

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Fast-forward almost 4 years later:

Omer, there is no words to describe how grateful to you for giving me this chance 4 years ago and trusting me the rest of the way. AgilOne is a fantastic company, full of amazing people and I’m certain you guys will accomplish great things.

Francis, Erik, Louis, Thibault, Kevin, Morgane, Josephine & Ebru, thanks for being amazing. I now have a lot more friends that are not coworkers.

Carrie, Ergin, Michael, Hubert, Brian, Ergin, Vlad, Sean, Ozer, Sridhar, Olivia, Hac, Jonathan, Sten-Erik, Fouad, Nabil, Gözde and everyone else I’m stupidly forgetting right now, thanks for supporting me (in all meanings of the word) this entire time. Thanks for being the most motivated, smartest bunch I’ve ever worked with. Keep it up!

And of course, thanks Anselme. But this one is just getting started.


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