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November 20, 2004

I am moving out of state for family reasons and unfortunately management at Nokia feel this is inconsistent with the requirements of my position.

Because of this, I am leaving Nokia. November 19th was my last full day in the Nokia offices. I’m still in Nokia’s employ through the first week of December, but I’m taking vacation and personal days so that I can get everything packed up and ready to move.

It’s been a short stay for me, far shorter than I wanted, but on the other hand I think we’ve accomplished quite a bit. Among many other things, my team has made significant contributions to Nokia’s strongest presence ever at JavaOne and the creation and successful conclusion of the first ever Nokia Tech Days developer conference. I’ve blogged about new devices (my 7610 post continues to draw significant traffic and comments four months after publication) and the wireless industry and technology at large. My team has done its part supporting our partners and developers who have helped Nokia become the #1 provider of smart mobile devices in the world and overtake Motorola in the all important Chinese market. Thanks to everyone I’ve worked with at Nokia and its partners and all the best in your future endeavors.

So what’s next for me? I don’t know. My move is obvious and makes perfect sense on a personal level, but I’m taking a leap of faith professionally. I’m going to take a little time to reflect on my career up to now. I’m going to spend the holidays with my family. I’m going to relax.

And after that, I’m going to come back at full force doing something I love. I have some ideas, but I’m always interested in hearing more: If you have an idea you’d like to discuss with me, please drop me a line. I’d love to hear about any opportunities for which you think I might be a great fit.

Best wishes and happy holidays,
Bill Day

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24 Comments
  1. Derya AKAY permalink

    Hi Bill ,
    Since I started to work with J2ME , your site was on of the best guide for me. I wish you
    luck and I hope we will you see you again in wireless world again. Please don’t forget
    to update billday.com

    Regards ,

    Derya .

  2. Hi Bill,

    it’s a shame that Nokia has put you into the position to choose either life or Nokia, but what the heck – as you already said: a change is always a chance 🙂

    Anyhow – you were asking for suggestions and ideas for doing something you love. I’m doing this right at the moment: working fulltime for an open source product called “J2ME Polish”. This project seeks to relieve the development for multiple platforms by providing a standarized scheme for dealing with different platforms. It also provides a shiny sparkling GUI which can be designed using CSS and doesn’t require you to learn a new API (since it is compatible to the MIDP LCDUI).

    This project is still in its early stage (first release was made public in May 04) and it is double licensed under both the GPL and a proprietary commercial license. What definetely is lacking is having more contacts into the industry/vendors itself. The device-database, for example, holds currently about 150 devices, but the quality of the single entries is quite varying. It would be great to establish an open device database for which the vendors would contribute data as well.

    I’ve got loads of ideas ranging from fiddling with bytecode to high-level “consultant” work levels. So if you would like to become part of the project (and/or the company behind it), drop me a line.

    But first of all: enjoy christmas!

    All the best,
    Robert

  3. Mohit Aggarwal permalink

    Its time that you become a business entrepreneur rather than an employee in any big organization. With knowledge and credentials you have it should not be a problem. Also software industry (specially games) for mobile phones is getting wider by every atomic tick.

    May Nokia will require to partner with you, one day… :).

    Regards,
    Mohit

  4. Bill,

    I’ve noticed that you have leaved Nokia and would like to have some
    input, ideas of what to do next.
    Let me give you a thing to think about. Imsys Technology have developed
    a generic microcontroller that is microprogrammable and reconfigurable
    in the field. As a consequence of its inherent design it happends to be
    suitable to execute bytecodes at native speed. If you understand what
    such a design can do then I think it is a good thing to discuss further.
    And yes, it is actually sitting in shipping products or is evaluated by
    companies such as Alcatel, Barco, Honeywell, Rockwell Automation and
    Sony.

    Best regards
    Roger Sundman
    Co-founder, Imsys Technologies

  5. Hi Bill,
    Remember me,I am the writer of the book ‘Mobile Phone Programming’. I am based in India. We have developed some innovative solutions using J2ME. We have developed among others, software for showing spreadsheets,presentations, news and indian languages on mobile phones. Our software can run even on the cheapest mobile phones. We have the capability to revolutionize the world by helping the IT revolution to perculate to the bottom of the world’s economic pyramid. We would like to get associated with an enterprising person like you to bring the benfits of our software to all parts of the globe.

    Saurabh Jain
    Author
    Mobile Phone Programming

  6. dotcdotc permalink

    hi bill,
    I haven’t communicated with u before. Myself is J2ME/Symbian C++ game/application developer and like to work with you (may be through mails only).

    I wish u all the best for your next move and happy holidays !!
    dotcdotc

  7. Hi Bill,
    I am really impressed with your professional attitude and focus. Wish you great things ahead. Being an entreprenuer I always loved your passion and focus. Hope you will come up with better things going further.
    regards
    suresh

  8. Atif permalink

    Hi Bill,

    I immensely appreciate what you have done for the wireless community. The position that you have been put into is a tough one, I also made a similar decision a few years ago and although it was tough but it was the right decision at that time. I applaud your courage, commitment and selflessness.

    I am hoping that you will keep us posted with your thoughts and opinions on the wireless revolution. I am willing to work with anyone and anywhere and in any segment of the wireless techonolgy, whether it is the application development, marketing, business creation or anyhting else.

    Best wishes and enjoy the holidays with your family,
    Atif

  9. First spend time with FAMILY…

    I know that Nokia and Nokia developers will miss you

    I have no opporuntities at ShareMe Technologies LLC as I am still in stealth mode..and even just got what looks liek a full time day job as j2me developer with a company that is not in competition with my own..I feel storngly enough about the Nokia Smart Phone Platfrom to actually spend money thorugh Nokia’s developer programm to later inlate 2005 come out with actual products

    I am sure some idea will come to mind.. if not wait until Ora TDD build framework is out in alpha form for j2me nd see if you can suggst some ideas.. 60% completed thus far I should cvs it up to java.net before year end major holidays or before my Aquaris birthday in 2005..

    The ironic thing is moto is in fact North of me not that far away and yet I still Choose Nokia 🙂

  10. viyom permalink

    Hi Bill,

    Wish u all the best for all your future ventures.
    Your site billday.com was a real help while I was learning J2ME.

    Regards,
    viyom

  11. Hi Bill,
    I know about you since the launch of J2ME . For me “J2ME” and “Bill Day” are synonymous.
    All the J2ME community will greatly miss you . So we are awaiting for your comeback and new ideas
    which may result in big leap in mobile technoloy.
    Till then enjoy your vacations.

    Regards,
    Tushar

  12. Bill.

    I just wanted to tell you that I thought the Nokia Developers Forum was great. As people here have mentioned, you should be leading the way with some new and great ideas… you already have, only under someone else’s name.

    Congratulations on making a great decision! Im excited to see what new opportunities will wet your palette.

    Anita

  13. Hi Bill,

    Good luck and best wishes for the future!

    James

  14. Have you considered Google? Please drop me a line.

  15. Hi Bill

    I enjoy reading you blogs. I wish you the best of luck! I’m hoping whatever you do it is still related to J2ME the knowledge and experience you share with the rest of us is greatly appreciated!

    Cheers, Jason

  16. Bill,
    Hope the search is going well. Had a question for you – which might turn into something if you’re interested in a start-up. We’re looking for a CLDC1.1-compatible class library for decoding mp3’s. Found a beta called javazoom, but still crude. Have you heard of anything? Best,

    MG

  17. Shawn Vallejos permalink

    Bill –

    Where are you relocating to? Give me a call to catch up and see if I can help out.

    Best,

    Shawn Vallejos
    ======================
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    Sr Executive Recruiter, Mobile
    The Bliss Group, Inc
    office 303.468.2400
    direct: 720.251.4147
    fax 303.468.3754
    Shawn@TheBlissGrp.com
    Skype: shawn.vallejos
    YahooIM: shawnesnyc
    ======================

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