It’s time for something new – I’m joining Salesforce.com

I’m writing this not sure who – if any – will ever read this. Sometimes writing is like therapy and can help you get on and move on. So – dear IntraVision – I’m leaving you. It’s not you. It’s me.

It’s with both a heavy heart and tremendous excitement I’m finally posting this. As of November 14 I’m closing a big chapter in my life and career by leaving IntraVision. It has been a difficult decision and not one I’ve taken lightly but I decided it was time to step out of the shadows of yesteryear to try something new and seek new opportunities. And challenges.

It’s difficult to understand but I’ve been with IntraVision for 9 years. I’ve learned a lot and tried a lot. I was a self-proclaimed expert in everything before I joined but my time here showed me I still had lots to learn. I’ve learned about leadership, finance, sales, marketing and what it really means to develop and sell a product. Not just sell it – but develop it, mature it, advocate it, market it, document it, be frustrated over it and – maybe most important of all – support it. And support it over time. I’ve been part of taking a mature product from Europe, reenvision it, build it and take it to new markets and cultures across the World. I’ve worked with great, brilliant and special people. I’ve formed great friendships across the World and feel incredibly humbled with the level of support and encouragement I’ve received from my network in this tough decision.

I’ve traveled across the World from Copenhagen to nearby countries in Europe, to the US, to Australia and to Japan. I’ve had drinks on a harbour cruise in Sydney, had a lobster roll in Boston, sung along to Elton John in Las Vegas, and had the best steak I’ve tried on the 50th floor overlooking Tokyo. I’ve ridden the skies and the Shinkansen in style and had more incredible experiences than I can count.

I’ve spoken at too many conference to mention, some small, some big, some huge. I’ve spoken on big stages and I’ve spoken in front of 10 people in what could probably be best characterized as a make-shift gym in Tokyo. I’ve spoken at too many user groups and other events to count.

My time at Intravision has proved me that I can hold my own.

So… It is with great excitement that I open a new chapter in my life. I’m leaving my old, well known and comfortable World and trying something new. On 15 November I’ll join one of the most exciting companies in the World – Salesforce. I’ll join as a Technical Solution Architect and could not be more excited. To all the people who’ve helped me, listened to me and coached me- thank you for sending the elevator back down!

Thank you for reading this and wish me luck! I’ll need it!

/Mikkel

17 thoughts on “It’s time for something new – I’m joining Salesforce.com”

  1.  Mikkel,

    I wish you all the best and a good start at Salesforce. Congratulations.

    It makes me sad seeing so much heroes and talent leaving the "yellow" IBM community this year.

    But it looks like you togehter with René Winkelmeyer and Paul Mooney may start a new yellow-special-one community at Salesforce 😉

    Good luck

    Detlev

     

     

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  2. Best of luck in your new position. It’s always a bit scary jumping from one ship to another, but at least you get to try out the new deck chairs and see how they fit. I’m confident you will have a successful voyage.

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  3. Congratulation Mikkel – We’ll definitively miss you, as you are one of the most knowledgeable person in the community.

    I wish you the best in your new job. Do forget to tell us how it goes! I’ll still read your blog!

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  4. Congratulations! You are one of the first best exciting kindly SUPER foreign friends in my life. Of course another is him. I will never forget the time I spent with you including 50th floor, Shinkansen and a make-shift gym. 🙂

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  5. Hi Mikkel.

    Congratulation with your new job. I want to thank you for your help to me on several occations and for your many contributions to the Lotus community – the best community in the world..

    Best regards.

    Rene

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  6. <span style="font-family: "Trebuchet MS", "Lucida Grande", Tahoma, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Congrats – best of luck in your new job.</span>

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  7. Congratulations, Mikkel!

    I’m sure you’ll do very well and that you will not stop learning and spreading what you learnt.

    Thank you for your many years of being part and contributing to the community.

    – Jens

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