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What the heck am I doing?

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What the heck am I doing?

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No, this isn't a post to say that I'm busy and that's why I haven't written anything here in the past month. It's true, but not worth a blog post, in my opinion.

The question is something that has been asked by some close friends, regarding some decisions I'have made in the past months: "What the heck are you doing, Leo?" (Actually, the question has been made in Chilean Spanish as "┬┐Que cresta estai' haciendo Leo?")

First, the context. In January, I left the company I worked the past 4 years, to join a rare kind of company here in Chile: one which wants to spearhead the Web 3 revolution. It was an exciting move, and I learned a lot but suddenly, in August, I switched jobs again and joined Continuum, moving back to the “Web 2.0” world.

Why?

Well, I could fill pages and pages detailing my motives and the context leading to such motives and the personal history leading to my way of thinking and so on. But I'll try to summarize all it in a single point:

I don't feel like I haven't finished my working on the now, and thus have a difficult time working on the tomorrow. I still have "old" projects (like my thesis) running and, honestly, I need way more time than what I have to wholeheartedly embrace such a revolutionary trend. That's probably a disadvantage of being used to thoroughly think over stuff. Hopefully in the future I will find the time and opportunity to think about Web 3 again and how I can use my skills to help move that revolution forward (if it hasn't already happened).

By the way, I left some very good contacts with the folks which probably will be leading an upcoming tech revolution. And I know that this post may convince (some of) them that my lack of "faith" or enthusiasm disqualifies me to join their projects in the future. So be it. In the end, I feel better being myself than to please everybody. In fact, one thing I learned working on my previous job was that transparency is the way to go, as opposed to holding important things to myself. I learned that in the hard way, which (hopefully) has the good side of being hard to forget.

In passing I want to publicly express my gratitude to Aldo Bucchi who is an extraordinary person and will probably end up conquering the world, somehow. I got a lot of technical knowledge from him but, more importantly, I got some general life lessons and very valuable tips too.

Anyway, I'm back to the here and now. I wanted more time and had it. And I was ready to sacrifice a bit of fun (in the professional sense) to get it. It turns out that I won't have to: In three weeks in Continuum I've learned more than what I expected, and then was offered to participate on a sort of experiment with Hashrocket, the renowned web boutique leaded by Obie Fernandez. I look forward to work, learn and have fun with the Hashrocket team!

So what the heck am I doing? I'm having fun, I'm avoiding stress. Perhaps I'm loosing millions, perhaps I'm loosing fame. I don't care too much: money and fame are overrated anyway.