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By yankeehack (Tue Jan 17, 2017 at 04:40:46 PM EST) (all tags)

I got the call this morning. The clueless "VP" I had been working with was trying to frantically reach me. I had a standing morning meeting with the young guy in India, so I blew him off. He asked if I was free at lunch.

So I get the call at lunchtime and get patched in to hear from the nearly absent CTO that they really liked the work I did on the Web site redesign, but they couldn't afford me or the type of work I do. But he would be more than happy to give me an excellent recommendation. My last paycheck is in early February. They offered me contract work in the future if I wanted it.

In my prior jobs, after a Web redesign, I would usually then pivot into part time marketing/part time operational (customer relations, sales operations) work so the organization could take advantage of the leads my work would bring in. 

I was like, "OK, I totally understand, you guys are a professional services body shop and you can't actually use my work."  I didn't mean it as a dig, but that is what it is. At the crux of the issue, is that for every company they bring in, they have to throw bodies at it, and it becomes a problem. They can't scale and my work only really helps if there's a scalable product.

So, they are left with an inside sales guy who is gonna make cold calls and a guy in india spamming the shit out of people. Did I mention that I got shut out of every operational meeting? Oh well.

I am not upset. This bought me some time and allowed me to make sure LO was stable. If I stayed I would have been camping out as there is no operational role for me. Last week I updated my LinkedIn, thinking that if something incidentally came my way, I would take it.

During the call, I asked if I could take the rest of the day off to take care of things. The guys said sure. I went to Target for some retail therapy, buying socks, tights, underwear, and groceries. I did call LO to tell her as her scholarship check is coming soon and we'll need that to pay for her tuition/sorority dues. I am also going to sell her car that has been parked for a few months - I let it sit as I debated about it.

I also got in touch with my coworker who was told she was getting laid off in November. She was told much of the same spiel, and felt bad. Her wife works at $famoussocialmedia company and she offered to pass my resume around the NY startup scene. Also, I learned that the co-founder went to India last week and hasn't returned. India is where our operations are, so who knows what's going on.

I forgot to mention that I overheard the co-founder renegotiating a (picayune) line of credit with a few banks just after Xmas. My spidey senses were tingling then as he would emerge from his office saying really loud, "Nothing to worry about, just some banking stuff."

After I post this I am going to email the one investor who is friends of the sales guy who burned out. This one investor liked me and had to tell the co-founder to use me for the Web redesign. There's supposed to be a board meeting tomorrow (I was not asked to report), so if it turns out like I think it might, some people might be unhappy. It won't be me.


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Carnival season just started in New Orleans by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Jan 17, 2017 at 04:55:56 PM EST
road trip!

It's short this year by yankeehack (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Jan 17, 2017 at 05:06:00 PM EST
and it's LO's first and she's with her sorority so I think I am going to wait until next year.

However, Radiohead is playing New Orleans on a Monday night in April. I might be able to make that!
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

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LO would get a lot of street cred by georgeha (4.00 / 9) #3 Tue Jan 17, 2017 at 06:12:34 PM EST
if she had to bail you out.

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congrats on the ... oh, 'off' by the mariner (4.00 / 3) #4 Wed Jan 18, 2017 at 08:23:41 AM EST

this wasn't by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Jan 18, 2017 at 09:47:16 AM EST
dev trash, that should have been the first clue..

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Ouch by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Jan 18, 2017 at 04:26:51 PM EST
Good luck finding something else soon... or after a decent rest...
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
Hoping you bounce quick by jimgon (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Jan 18, 2017 at 08:46:56 PM EST
Good luck out there.  

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
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