Leaving the Team
When I started working for Fairphone two years ago we merely had access to source code let alone such advanced things as version management or procedures to release new software.
The voice of the community allowed me to drive for changes within the company and within the software supply chain.
Taking a leap to today. Our Lobby to get access to the source code of the FP1 has proven successful and we are still working on an upgrade path to KitKat.
At the same time we released the FP2. A first of its kind smartphone. This time we where able to release much more of the source code. We now also are able make more frequent (security) updates and offer a better upgrade experience for both users who want google apps and users who do not want this.
We opened up to the community by means of the code.fairphone.com website and our presence on irc and allowed communities to do what they like (think of Sailfish OS, Ubuntu, Firefox OS …).
For short two great and productive years with interesting people, fun events and cool stuff.
But not all is good. The company is currently in need to focus on sales to remain a healthy social enterprise and this environment was not healthy for my plans on growing the software team, opening up more in general and at the hardware level in particular. We still grew an awesome software team but I feel at this stage I can not contribute what I would like to the company. I have therefore decided to leave Fairphone but expect to remain part of the community.
With kind regards