Over the course of eight years I became more and more VMware minded, up to the point where they started calling me ‘VMware fan boy’ at work. I don’t mind them calling me that, because it is not entirely unjustified. I honestly believe that VMware has the best enterprise ready products for virtualization , SDDC, automation, network virtualization etc.
Two years ago the mothership started calling me and I decided to start looking for a job at VMware. That was me keeping my eyes on the VMware recruitment site, talking to both people who still work for VMware as to some who have left VMware. A fascinating experience, and if you desire to land a job at VMware I can only advise that you reach out to (former) VMware employees and have a talk with them.
At the end of last year ITQ reached out to me and asked me if I would be interested to have a talk with them. ITQ had been on my mind for about a year but my mind was still set more on landing a job at VMware. I decided to have the talk anyway. A table at a restaurant at the border between Belgium and the Netherlands was booked, I took a day off at work, drove to the Netherlands to meet up with Johan Van Amersfoort and Francisco Perez van der Oord and … I arrived late. Never underestimate traffic in rush hour in the Netherlands. For about three hours we talked about my dreams and expectations, their dreams and expectations, their wish to start a new division in Belgium and expanding the ITQ family and their known excellence across the border, and that was the end of my dream of landing a job at the mothership and became a dream of joining ITQ.
Some weeks after that first meeting with Johan and Francisco, I took another day off to meet up with Paul Geerlings. For a couple of hours we talked about where we come from, how life can take crazy turns, what ITQ wants to achieve, what I want to achieve, if my goals would fit into the ITQ goals, but also the opposite, if their goals would fit into mine!
About a month later I met with Tom Vallons and everything fell into place. A contract was signed and in about a month I am joining Tom in the ITQ office in Leuven, Belgium.
Onwards to greatness!
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