Solomon Hykes, the founder of the major container company Docker, announced on March 28, that he will be stepping down from daily operations within the company, via blog post .
Hykes started his post by saying, “Today I’m announcing my departure from Docker, the company I helped create ten years ago and have been building ever since. A founder’s departure is usually seen as a dramatic event. Sadly, I must report that reality is far less exciting in this case. I’ve had many roles at Docker over the years, and today I have a new, final one – as an active board member, a major shareholder and, I expect, a high maintenance Docker user.
But I will no longer be part of day-to-day operations. Instead, after obsessing for so many years over my own ideas, I am rediscovering the joys of putting myself at the service of others – my friends, my family, and the brilliant entrepreneurs I’ve been lucky enough to advise and invest in over the years. Over the coming months I plan to use my experience to help them in any way I can.”
Hykes continues on to explain his history with Docker, from its conception as a company called Dotcloud, through the years as it grew and changed, and how he sees his role in the company changing with the times, even going on to say, “To know that your work was meaningful, and that a vibrant community of people will continue building upon it…. can any founder ask for anything more?”
And then with a metaphoric bow before he heads off the stage, Hykes ends with, “I want to thank from the bottom of my heart every member of the Docker team and community, past and present, for making Docker what it is today. Thanks to you, this founder’s bittersweet moment is mostly sweet. We have built something great together. I look forward to seeing where you will take it next.
Current Docker CEO Steve Singh has lead the company since there was a bit of a stir up of management, in May of 2017, but many estimate that under his leadership, the company has seen large gains in growth and revenue.
According to a report from Rightscale,
So with Docker use on the rise, it will be interesting to see if the trend continues, with Hykes stepping back further from operations.
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