Clickmarks – Breaking into Management
At PeopleSoft, our special project was discontinued. A management position became open, but someone else was selected. So when an Internet Startup, Clickmarks, recruited me to be their Director of IT and Operations and Chief Systems Architect, I gladly accepted and moved over.
The stay at Clickmarks was perhaps the best job of many excellent jobs. I had an awesome CEO, great coworkers, and an awesome opportunity to help build up a great, successful startup that would be loved by Vodafone–one of the world’s largest cellular phone companies if not the largest.
Just when things were going well, I tried to get some data off my computer at home and accidentally saw a conversation my wife was having with another man apparently about an affair. She confessed and I forgave, and I thought it was over. But she became involved with someone else.
I could not focus on my work, so I started to resign, but my CEO and good friend to this day Umair, advised me to stay, take a temporary leave, fix things up at home and return. But when I returned, I did not feel I could concentrate well enough to perform at a level I felt the company needed, so I resigned. In retrospect, from what I learned about my replacement, it probably would have been better for the company and myself had I stayed. Clickmarks was indeed a wonderful place with great coworkers.