Blog of Rob Galanakis (@robgalanakis)

18 months of wandering

In January 2018, I left as CTO of Cozy under difficult circumstances. Those of you that know me know the story. Those of you that don’t are free to buy me a coffee or beer to hear it. I joined Cozy in 2014 as Engineering Manager, and rebuilt and ran the company for 3+ years. Losing Cozy sent me into probably the first true bout of depression I’ve experienced in my life.

The 1.5 years since then have been a tumult.

  • Dealt with actual Unemployment
  • Took a job as an individual contributor at a tech company
  • Engaged with the larger Portland startup community for the first time
  • Took a side “job” (unpaid) rewriting a startup’s web app in just 3 months
  • Went fulltime at the startup, as CTO/cofounder
  • Did consulting side work for the first time
  • Struggled with health insurance
  • Quit the startup
  • About to start a different job as an individual contributor

These last 18 months were a total rollercoaster, the most intense of my life. I’m really thankful for them, now that I’m on the other side and healthy and earning a real salary again at a job I intend to keep for a while.

Sometimes I think about an alternate universe where I stayed at Cozy, and they sold for a similar amount at a similar time. I’m incredibly privileged that I can say I’m better off I got out when I did- I wouldn’t have learned the things I’ve learned, wouldn’t have built the bonds with others that I built, and I know these will allow me to make a better impact with my life than some cash and complacency.

So I’m excited to start what’s next. I’m working as an Individual Contributor at Dwelo but on the side I will be starting a side project that I hope will develop into a company that can make a positive impact on the Portland business ecosystem. I’m not sure exactly what it looks like yet — I have some high-level ideas — and my hope with restarting my blog is to help explore some of those ideas to actually launch the business.

One thought on “18 months of wandering

  1. Artur Leao says:

    Rob, sorry to hear about what you’ve gone thru. Ok the other hand, I would love to work with you again, maybe it’s time? No constrains from upper management either :P Let’s get together on FB if you still use it. Cheers my friend, all the best.

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