2019 has been a rather intense year for the Lundukes.
Our youngest son was born (making me the proud father of three amazing kids). In the process we nearly lost my wife (thanks to the gross incompetence of several doctors -- grumble grumble grumble) and I've now spent more time in a NICU than I ever cared to while nursing my son back to health. Shortly after, we lost my father (who helped care for me and my family during the most difficult time of our lives).
Suffice to say, the last year has really put things into perspective for me. Focusing me on what is truly important.
So here I am, at the end of 2019, at a bit of a crossroads. Over the last 2+ decades, I've climbed the corporate ladder in multiple disciplines -- making it to the top of the mountain in both Engineering and Marketing, with fancy sounding titles like "Vice President of Engineering" and "Director of Marketing" -- and placed the Lunduke flag upon the summit.
And, as awesome as the view is from the tops of those mountains, such executive careers don't lend themselves well to taking care of a family in a hands-on way. And taking care of my family needs to be my number one priority right now.
With that in mind, I am stepping down as the Director of Marketing for Purism. I remain a big fan of the amazing work Purism is doing to advance Freedom and privacy. Going forward, I will simply be on the outside of Purism; An avid and enthusiastic customer and supporter.
Luckily, I have other work which, while not as lucrative as fancy-shmancy executive titles, will continue to put food on the table while allowing me the flexible schedule I need for my little family.
I will, for the foreseeable future, be focusing on my writing (articles, books, etc.) and my shows (such as The Lunduke Show). While these things are certainly challenging in their own right, the flexible schedule and complete lack of personnel management allows me to focus on the things I need to focus on. I am profoundly lucky that I have such endeavors to fall back on while caring for the Lunduke clan.
In short: Lunduke leaving executive work entirely. More Lunduke Show. More Lunduke articles. More Lunduke books.
To the Purism crew: Keep doing what you do. Keep pushing Free Software and privacy on computer hardware. It's critical work. Don't stop. Don't ever stop.
To the companies that sponsor the Lunduke Show (Pogo Linux & Linode): Thank you for your support. It means so much. Not only are you helping to produce Freedom loving, super nerdy articles and videos -- you are also making a direct impact on my little family. You rule.
To my fans and supporters: Wow. Thank you. Thank you to those of you that support this show via Patreon. Or that buy T-shirts and the like. It means the world to me. Almost makes me tear up just thinking about it.