Wednesday, December 31, 2008

RIP 2008

I think it's fair to say that few of us will mourn the passing of 2008, at least from the standpoint of the financial meltdown, on-going business uncertainty, mass layoffs, plunging stock prices and pretty much any other money metric you care to come up with.

Still, life is about more than that. We had a wonderful trip to Africa, added another dog into the mix and generally got on with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. (Where have I heard that line before?)

As the dust settles, and thanks to some heroic efforts that only finally got a result at 1:30 am last night, looks like we made our number for the year, plus a bit for good measure. In this sort of economy, and given all the challenges associated with building any sort of high-tech business regardless of where and when, that's a quite remarkable result and testament to the calibre of the entire team we've assembled. Of course, no one knows what 2009 will bring but it's fair to say that we have set the seal on a very strong 2008 and can feel proud of what's been accomplished.

It's with hope, therefore, that we all look forward to 2009. Across the board, it's a year of "new"s: new presidency in the USA, new ways for the world economy to benefit from all the various injections of capital and lowering of energy and raw material costs, new means through which we can all do better, and be better.

Can't ask for more than that opportunity really, so happy new year, thanks for reading and here's to 2009!

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