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Culture & Opportunity: Why I Came Back

Today I start anew. It’ll likely begin with figuring out where to park. There will inevitably be new hire paperwork. Then some sort of onboarding with HR & IT. And likely lunch with my manager. Then finally I’ll get to spend time with my team. You know all the fun first day stuff. Only this will all be happening at a place I proudly called home for more than 5 years: 150 Dow Street in Manchester, NH.

Of course a lot has happened at Dyn since I departed. People have come and gone. The company made international news. And Oracle acquired us.

As I shared my news with friends and family, I was asked a similar question over and over again, “why go back?” The short answer is simple: the people! And not just the wonderful people at Dyn. I’m also pumped to start working with the Oracle IaaS team I’ve heard so much about. And then there’s my favorite constituency, a group I spent my 5+ years getting to know and being a champion for: the customers!

Another common question was “then why did you leave?” The answer to this is not short or simple. When I made the difficult decision to leave the company that I had poured my heart and soul into, it boiled down to two primary reasons: The culture of workplace had changed so drastically that it was nearly unrecognizable and I truly believed that Dyn, as constructed, didn’t have the products necessary to remain a stand-alone entity. At least not one that could succeed in the new cloud landscape. My gut was telling me that it was time to partner up with a larger entity and become the gateway to their cloud offering, but it was hard to see this outcome happen in any short order (Full disclosure: I never would have predicted Oracle would become that partner.)

With both of these items seemingly unable to be changed, I decided it was time for me to move on and let the new leadership run the company the way they believed was best. Well, fast forward to post-acquistion and many of those leaders are no longer with the company and the keys to Dyn’s future unquestionably sit in the hands of the great Scott Hilton and my long-time collaborator, Kyle York (GMs of Dyn and VP’s for Oracle IaaS). Kyle’s message has been crystal clear, “It’s time to get back to doing what we know best.”  Well, thankfully that’s something I know how to do and have no problem getting fired up to work tirelessly on this new (old) journey.

So with the high powered partner in place, a culture that is returning to classic form and a roster of high quality employees and first rate customers, I’m excited to return “home” to help write the next chapter in this very interesting cloud story.

Obviously, there’s a lot to do. And a need for more good people to make it happen. So if you want to be a part of this new chapter check out our careers page and come join me. Or feel free to hit me up if you want to learn more.

Now I just need to see about getting that prime parking spot back. Hey Kyle, any idea who I see about that?!?


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Whois: Matt Toy

Matt Toy is Director, Customer Success Program Management for Dyn, the world leader in Internet Performance Solutions that delivers traffic management, message management, and performance assurance. Follow him on Twitter: @Matt_Toy and @Dyn.