Stovell |> London

A few weeks ago I wrote about my last day at Readify. Now that things have settled down it's time to share what I'm up to.

Two weeks ago I packed up my apartment in Brisbane and moved to London. Yes, my timing is impeccable. The move came about thanks to an opportunity to work with a nice small agile team, and it gives me a good chance to see the world at the same time.

Over the past year I've been thinking about the balance between personal and work time. I do a lot of coding in my personal time, mostly because the code I write at work, while interesting, is never as much fun as building my own ideas. I have come to the realisation that I'll be a lot happier if my "9-5" time could be spent building my own ideas, and it would free up little personal time.

So that's my goal for the next couple of years: to transition into working on my own ideas full time. I'm going to start with one idea that I'm very excited about, and stick with it until it either is successful, or it flops. They say most businesses fail in their first year, so the sooner I get the failure out of the way the better :)

Of course I need to earn a living in the mean time, so I've taken an independent contracting role in Canary Wharf. I'll be around some of the .NET-oriented user groups in London, so if you're in the neighbourhood I hope to meet you soon.

A picture of me

Welcome, my name is Paul Stovell. I live in Brisbane and work on Octopus Deploy, an automated deployment tool for .NET applications.

Prior to founding Octopus Deploy, I worked for an investment bank in London building WPF applications, and before that I worked for Readify, an Australian .NET consulting firm. I also worked on a number of open source projects and was an active user group presenter. I was a Microsoft MVP for WPF from 2006 to 2013.

11 Aug 2011

I think your goal is terrific. I have seen the argument expressed as, "programmers create things with value. Why don't we create value for ourselves instead of for someone else?"

Good luck! And good luck finding decent coffee in London.

14 Aug 2011

I can't wait to see you turn the London .NET world on its head :)

Have a great time, mate, and stay in touch.

17 Aug 2011

Way to go! I envy your mobility. Best of luck!