For those of you who regularly read, or at least know me, know that I work/ed for a software development shop in Chicago called Obtiva. And if you knew that then you almost certainly know that Obtiva was recently acquired by Groupon.
Obtiva has a weekly get-together back at homebase called Geekfest. This is where everyone piles into one spot for some food and, more importantly, discussion about new technology, programming principals, or anything else that we’re interested in. Yesterday marked what may be the last Geekfest in its current iteration. I’m sure it will live on in a new home but that is a discussion for a different day. It seemed the perfect time to have a retrospective of Obtiva as a whole. Many things were said… some old, some fresh and new, some enlightening, and almost all humbling.
This is where my story begins…
Out of all the things that were said, to me, they all tied to a singularity. And that to me that was family. So I’d like to share with you what I shared with others yesterday.
Something I want to carry forward into our new adventures is the idea of family. Not necessarily my own little personal family where work/life balance comes into play but the family that is Obtiva. If you are from a large family like me then you already know that there are members you are close to, some that are more distant, and some that you may not care to interact with. At times everyone of us in that room can fit into one of those categories.
There are things that we share with each other that go beyond a work relationship. We share our triumphs and failures. We’ve laughed, been stressed, and have cried together. I know you guys have had my back for many moments during my time at Obtiva and you should know that I’ve got yours. I am comfortable saying that everyone in that room is my family.
I am scared that something like that could get lost in translation with a move to a larger company. I figure that you can only scale family so much before it becomes a community of strangers and that would be a HUGE loss.
This attribute of Obtiva has set the bar for me when looking at any other company, development related or not. If/when my time with Grouptiva comes to an end, this is THE quality that will be looked for and will make or break opportunities.
My name is Matt Polito and I have a hypenated last name of obtiva
We are obtiva… we are family.