Monday, July 17, 2006

A New Adventure

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Last Friday, July 14, started a new chapter in my personal and professional life. I have learned a lot from the last 2 years but now it's time for a new adventure. Thank you to all that contributed to my learning along the way.

This transition gives me the opportunity to pursue a dream. When I met my husband, Jeff, 12+ years ago he was an engineer and I was in sales. We collaborated on a product for distributed object-oriented technology and subsequently took three products to market and launched his, then, very successful consulting practice. Since that time I got sucked into the corporate vortex. I found people I wanted to work with, assignments to challenge me and opportunities to gain new experiences in new areas of business.

During this time, however, I have continuously wanted to find a way to build a business that could afford me the freedom to be at home with my 15 year old daughter before she leaves home. Two years ago when I left BearingPoint, I had intended to pursue this path but got excited about the opportunity to join Biz360 and didn't pursue further. At the time, we had built a cell phone application which we did not launch/take to market as I got wrapped up in my new responsibilities.

We have currently identified several additional applications that have promise. So the plan is to pursue this business further. To build mobile applications that can be downloaded to cell phones/pdas, marketed through word-of-mouth and consumer generated media. I am building the business plan now and hope to get our first application out by end of summer. My 15 year old daughter and her friends are a great source of ideas and we held our first brainstorming session last Friday night =)

More details to follow as our plans develop. For now, I'm enjoying putting on shorts and flip flops instead of suits and pumps. My goal is to get through the rest of the summer in my vacation attire limiting business clothes to no more than 2 per week. The pool is at 80 degrees and I'll have to decide whether to swim before or after lunch. I have worked for 30 years solid (started at 16 as a customer service representative for my father's company). This is a much needed break and an opportunity to evaluate what I really want to do with the rest of my career.

To my friends and colleagues at Biz360, carry the ball forward, best of luck to you, I'll be rooting for you poolside =)


At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Brian Glover said...

Deb, best of luck in your new venture. I've had a great time working with you over the past couple of years, cracking the code on market intelligence and finding that elusive work hard/play hard balance. Those who know you won't be the least bit surprised when your new project becomes the latest "thing" everyone's talking about. I'm sure our paths will cross again in the future.

At 3:57 PM, Blogger Deborah Eastman said...

Thanks Brian, You have been a shining light in the company, enduring many challenges and stepping up every time you have been asked! Carry the torch forward and, of course, our paths will cross again, and again.

At 7:07 PM, Blogger Chris Hohman said...

Deb, Sounds like a fun idea and I wish you great success! I wish there had been more time for you and I to get to know each other and drive the business forward. And I was sooo looking forward to a sailing trip on the bay!!!! Maybe a midweek sail? ;)

At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Jason Gurney said...

I'm jealous already! Good luck with the new endeavor.

At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Suzanne Maineri said...

Deb, short but sweet I most certainly enjoyed working with and for you. I wish it could have been longer. You're a dynamic leader and a terrific communicator. I wish you every success in your upcoming ventures and look forward to reading all about them. And happy to hear you're enjoying the moment, particularly time with your daughter.

At 11:26 PM, Anonymous karen bacon said...

When shall we pop a cork in homage and celebration?

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Anne Haas said...

Deb - it was an exciting and extremely fun time in our short working relationship. I know that you will be successful in the path that you take. I so admire strong, successful women, such as yourself.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger You Mon Tsang said...

Good luck and have fun.

The good people of Biz360 will carry the torch onward and upward.

Stay in touch.

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