I’m leaving Redgate

With a heavy heart, I just handed in my notice at Redgate.

I’ll write another blog post in the next few days to explain my plans for what I’m doing next, but in the meantime, I just sent this email to all my colleagues:

My dearest Redgate,

We’ve been together so long. I feel like you are part of me. I love you. My blood literally runs red.

That’s what makes this email so hard.

When we started our relationship I was a different person: young, naïve, inexperienced. I was hungry to make a success of my career, but I had no idea what I wanted to do. You have taught me so much. I have developed from a rookie sales guy, to a product champion, to a pre-sales engineer, to a well-known character in the SQL community outside our little home in Cambridge (and Pasadena).

I’m leaving you because I’ve changed. There was a time when I thought a life in pre-sales at Redgate was enough for me, but there is a bigger world out there. I want the measure of my success to be how well I solve a problem, and how well I can help people to deliver code faster, rather than licence sales. I want to be a consultant, not a sales person. And you want to be a tools vendor, not a consulting company. Let’s call it irreconcilable differences.

So I’m sorry, I’m leaving you. This weekend I registered a company: “DLM Consultants”. I need to do this for me. If I don’t try to stand up on my own two feet and have a go I’ll never know. I don’t ever want to look back and think “what if?”. I don’t ever want to look at you and feel that you held me back from my dreams.

And I promise there is no-one else. Yes, I’ve been propositioned. I even turned down a couple of offers. They offered more money or different experiences but they weren’t you. It wouldn’t have been the same.

I think I need to be single for a while. I need to spend some time with myself to pursue my own projects. I need to find out if my dreams really are all I hope they will be. I need to find myself.

Perhaps it’s a mistake. Perhaps it won’t work. Perhaps I won’t enjoy it. Perhaps sometime in the future I’ll be looking to be with a company again and if you have space in your life for me… Well, who knows what the future holds?

Remember: it’s not you, it’s me.

I hope we can still be friends.

With love,

Your Alex


It’s terrifying, giving up the best job you ever had.

  6 comments for “I’m leaving Redgate

  1. June 27, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Great post. Sounds like Red-Gate was a great place to be and you are just ready for another type of challenge. Best wishes!

    • Alex Yates
      June 27, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks Sheldon,

      You are right. Redgate is a brilliant place to work. I’ve been there five and a half years. When I joined the idea of staying anywhere more than a couple of years sounded so terribly dull, but Redgate has continued to push me to develop myself, while treating me like a human being with respect and generosity.

      I’ll always owe a lot to Redgate, and would recommend it as an employer to anyone. I leave Redgate with far more going for me than when I started and I’ve had a fantastic time along the way.

  2. June 28, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Sad to see you leave Redgate, but great to see you get on your own feet! I’m convinced you will succeed and wish you the best of luck.

    • Alex Yates
      June 28, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Thanks Sjors.

      It’s been a pleasure helping with you on your DLM pipeline and your blog over the last few years. I hope we’ll work together again in the future.

      I’ll still be a vocal member of the #SQLFamily and my door at DLM Consultants is always open!

      Best wishes. 🙂

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