Journal: News & Comment

Sunday, May 13, 2001
# 12:41:00 AM:

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Good in hindsight

I used to work for a company called Multiactive Software, makers of the fairly popular Maximizer contact manager, among other things. Almost a year ago, at the end of May, 2000, the company laid off a slew of people and hired a new president, John Kellett -- firing the then-current one, Brent Halverson, who had been one of the two original Maximizer programmers in 1987, and who hired me in 1996.

At the end of January, 2001, Multiactive fired another few dozen employees -- including me. Now, once again in May, it has let another 43 people go. Needless to say, things don't look good.

Since I was fired in January, I've founded this company, garnered some clients, and managed to make a pretty decent living for myself, while still being a stay-at-home dad to my two daughters four out of five weekdays. I'm doing better than I ever did in my four years at Multiactive, and certainly better than I would be if I'd still been there.

I'm sure many other former employees could say the same, and I hope the latest batch of former Multiactivers soon can too.


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