— 2 September 2015
I can’t believe that it’s five years to the day that I left Schneider to start Datacenterpeople. Not that there was anything wrong with Schneider – it’s a great company with some great people and awesome array of energy management solutions to suit every situation, especially the datacenter market. It’s just that as I got older I seemed to get more irritable and short tempered if things didn’t go my way and felt the need, after over 40 years of flipping between working for large corporates and starting and running a number of companies, to revert to founding a company where I have a view, and influence over, the whole process. Unfortunately grumpiness can still surface. And I know that I can be difficult. Ask my wife. And the guys at DCP. And I’m sorry for that. But I’m passionate about the need to contribute to the Third (Internet) Industrial Revolution by making sure, as far as we can, that we put the right people into the right jobs. A kind of match.com for the datacenter industry. But we can’t control the actions or decisions of clients which can lead to frustration. But as Chuck Noll, legendary chief coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers once said, “A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning”.
So thanks to my team for putting up with me. All twelve of them. And that’s another thing. What started as a hobby in my bedroom in 2010 has now morphed into a “proper” firm with a growing list of delighted (most of them!) clients and a database of over 18,000 “real” datacenter professionals. And offices in Singapore, New York and Mexico City. On Thursday 3rd September we’ll be celebrating the first five years. And we’re changing our brand image too to reflect the fact that we’re a Datacenter Company dealing in talent rather that a bog-standard general recruitment agency. Hope you like our new website and logo.