I became a consultant in 2003, but not without some trepidation about leaving the safety net of the corporate world. It was hard to break away. I had worked in the tech industry for 23 years and, despite my reputation, a surprising number of apparently misguided companies wanted to hire me.
Still, my mind was made up. As one executive recruiter put it, you could put a fork in me; I was done.
So I told John Bourgoin, CEO of MIPS Technologies, that I would love to consult for him, but wasn't interested in joining the company.
John said he wouldn't hire me as a consultant.… Read more