Goodbye Inveneo, the best job I've ever had

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peace out, inveneo

Four and a quarter years ago, I joined Inveneo with the dream to accomplish three goals with the company. I aimed to grow the local ICT partner program to a market differentiator for Inveneo, raise the company's profile in the Washington DC market, and get Inveneo on large USAID programs.

I am proud to say that I've achieved each of my goals.

  1. The ICIP program grew to be what sets Inveneo apart from all other ICT companies and has become a major reason we are sought out as a partner and implementer. Now under the leadership of FJ Cava, the program has achieved success in Haiti and around the world beyond my expectations and has inspired similar efforts at other organizations.
  2. Unquestionably, Inveneo is now known in Washington DC. Today, it's rare that I have to explain what Inveneo does or even hand out a business card. All the major players know of Inveneo, many of their staff have met Inveneo staff personally, and the conversations start with "How can we partner?" - with real business opportunity in mind.
  3. Inveneo is now sought out as the preferred technology partner for major USAID RFPs and IQC's, to the point where Inveneo is on multiple primes' proposals as the exclusive ICT solution designer and implementer.

In addition, Inveneo now has a deep pool of staff that can support its Washington, DC business. Sybille Fleischmann has ICT in education deployment experience from Microsoft and in Haiti that eclipses my own. Lisa Lin brings deep experience with USAID contracts beyond any level of detail I would ever want to have. Kristin Peterson and the sales team know their way around the different contracting vehicles and how to read the proposal and partnering tealeaves.

Moving On

So it's with the satisfaction of knowing I've propelled Inveneo into the highest levels of international development that I now take my leave from the organization. I am moving on from Inveneo on September 7th with a full heart of goodwill and happiness for the organization and my departure from it.

I feel truly blessed to have worked at Inveneo for the last four years. I loved, LOVED, every minute of it, often to the point of tears when I saw our impact on the communities we serve. It was truly the best job I've ever had.

I will cherish the working relationship I've had with the Inveneo team. I will especially miss Kristin and Mark, who were more than my bosses - they became great friends to me and I appreciated their continued support and endless patience.

The Next Challenge

Yet its time for me to take on a new marketing challenge with another organization. Starting September 10th, I will be joining Development Gateway in Washington DC. They develop results monitoring and big data ICT solutions for bilateral and multilateral donors and national governments and are instrumental in supporting the growing momentum around the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

Not to worry, I will still be in the ICT4D space and I will not forget Inveneo. I will continue to be a tireless advocate for both. I will start by suggesting that you subscribe to ICTworks, one of the many initiatives I started at Inveneo that I know will live on well past my exit.

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9 Comments

Wayan,you have made Inveneo known in Africa too through ICTWORKS,I wish you the best in your future engagement.

Regards,

Kenneth
www.techtrendsng.com

hi

You were so passionate about Inveneo that I thought you were part of the ownership.

Thanks David, but Inveneo is an NGO, so "ownership" isn't possible in the equity sense. Nor was I a co-founder, but as you could tell, I love the organization.

Congrats Wayan! I hope we can cross paths again soon!

Your departure letter has got to be one of the most heartwarming, and professionally crafted statements of this sort I have ever seen. Best of luck with DG,

Congratulations, Wayan! I hope (and don't doubt) that Development Gateway will provide you with many challenges and much joy. All the best, Mark

Wayan, all the best in your new role. I'm glad we had the opportunity to meet and work together....too short though. Congrats!

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I was sitting next to your mom in her flight back from Europe to Florida and she gave me your website when I told her I was working in (embedded) software. What you do is truly inspirational. I was not aware of all the impact technology could have on developing country (most people think about food, medical, monetary aid) and your website is mind-opening for me. Keep up on posting and good luck on your new career at Development Gateway.

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