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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Oh My Man I Love Him So

Oh my man I love him so
He’ll never know
Oh my life is just despair
But I don’t care
When he takes me in his arms
The world is bright — Alright
–Barbara Streisand, “My Man”

It is official. My husband Ned’s startup company, Tabblo, has been acquired by Hewlett-Packard. This is amazing, wonderful, fantastic news! No, we do not have to move to Silicon Valley, Thank God (the autism services are TERRIBLE in California, shame on them). There is an HP branch in Massachusetts. Ned’s commute just doubled, unfortunately (from 15 mins to 30 or 45 sometimes). But there will (presumably) be other benefits to the acquisition.

This was an intense journey for Ned and his colleagues. Ned joined a year ago January, when there were only three guys: the CEO and two others. Over the year, they grew to nine people, with interns. They have had a great ride, with those gut-wrenching hours you hear about with start-ups, and with the incredible highs of rushing and getting a great product out the door, and being picked up by the press, all of that. There has been a wonderful camaraderie in the office, too, a real magic in how they all work together. It is a really fun office to enter; there are black and white beads over one doorway, lots of Tabblo-red walls, gorgeous Tabblos printed out and displayed everywhere, a huge penguin, a squat fridge, and happy busy people. I knew this was the job for him from the start; the CEO found Ned through his blog, not a headhunter or some other pedestrian mode! They met and hit it off immediately. That was that.

I am just so proud of Ned and his accomplishments. He has stayed true to himself, even though he has become successful in the business/high tech world. He made sure I understood what I was getting into when I married him: “I’ll never be rich, Sue,” he said. “I don’t care!” I answered. Well, it turns out I did, just a little, but that is okay, because we have a love I wouldn’t change for any amount of money. (So my credit card balance is always a little heavy, nobody’s perfect.)

When I first met him, he fascinated me with his quick wit and deep intelligence. (I also loved his blond hair and blue eyes.) He stood out from all the other guys in his quiet way. He has never been a typical male: no sports, no beer, and I am always first in his heart.

Completely his own man, who has always been centered and serene (except when the people around him are being obtuse). He is finally getting recognition he deserves. Hooray for NED!!!!

Tabblo: My Man


I left a comment on Ned’s blog but I thought I’d welcome your family into the HP family.
Best of luck to all of you in this transition.

— added by Paul Leclerc on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 1:59 pm

Wow, that’s fantastic for Ned! That is extremely rare that a startup company is bought out by a major company, and very few startups are able to go public as well. My brother is a computer engineer with his 2nd startup, and is still waiting. Fantastic!

— added by MarkZ on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 2:16 pm

That is so great! I am so happy for you all!

— added by I Wax Poetic on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 2:44 pm

Golly, I didn’t even know that Tabblo was yours [as it were]. I sometimes wonder what planet I exist on. Congratulations to you and yours, Tabblo is great.
Best wishes

— added by Maddy on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 3:35 pm

Thanks, all!
No Tabblo is not Ned’s as in “owned by,” Ned is the senior software guru there. It is Antonio Rodriguez’ company (plus VC’s of course)

— added by Susan Senator on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 3:43 pm

That is so great! I am very happy for all of you! Aren’t computer/engineer/geek husbands the best kinds of husbands to have? I know I can’t get enough of mine!

— added by lizziehoop on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 6:50 pm

Well done Ned!

— added by Someone Said on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 7:55 pm

Congratulations, Ned! You both deserve a big break. Well done.

— added by mrs. gilb on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 12:07 am

Congratulations Ned! Buy Susan that hot pink sparkly bellydance costume she wants, to “celebrate!” 😉

— added by ASDmomNC on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 9:14 am

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