My First Week At Tintri

That’s about what it feels like.  I’ve had to drink from the firehose, but this week has been more like trying to take on the hydrant!  It’s been great though.  I can tell you it’s humbling to be welcomed by so many people I already know as well as so many new ones.  I’m trying to come up to speed as fast as possible on the messaging that will be key to my role.  The technology itself is cool for sure.  I’ve always been a fan of what Tintri has, but my role is much more that talking about the storage itself.

What I can tell you is muscle memory is an odd thing.  The things that are hard to break in the first week after almost 10 years at the same place.

  • Using the wrong email address when the “CColotti@” part is still the same, just a different domain.
  • Saying we/us in reference to VMware
  • Saying you/they in reference to Tintri
  • Forgetting to change the voicemail on your mobile to NOT say VMware for almost a week….seriously remembered just now as I was typing!
  • Realizing a lot of your LastPass saved passwords are for some of the same sites, but the wrong username

Outside of the “first world problems” it’s been a very good first week.  Lots of people reaching out to connect and say hi.  I have not changed jobs in almost a decade, so you forget what it’s really like to join a new team and feel truly welcomed to it and valued for what you bring to the table.  Here’s hoping the coming weeks will be more of the same.  Looks like I may most likely be back at VMworld US too…..just in a different shirt.

About Chris Colotti

Chris is currently a Field CTO for Tintri. In his role he spends the majority of his time talking to customers and partners alike helping develop use case architectures for the Tintri platform and software. He also acts as an active interface between the field and engineering/product management. Chris is active on the VMUG and event speaking circuit and is available for many events if you want to reach out and ask. Previously to this he spent close to a decade working for VMware as a Principal Architect. Previous to his nine plus years at VMware, Chris was a System Administrator that evolved his career into a data center architect. Chris spends a lot of time mentoring co-workers and friends on the benefits of personal growth and professional development. Chris is also amongst the first VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX#37), and author of multiple white papers. In his spare time he helps his wife Julie run her promotional products as the accountant, book keeper, and IT Support. Chris also believes in both a healthy body and healthy mind, and has become heavily involved with fitness as a Diamond Team Beachbody Coach using P90X and other Beachbody Programs. Although Technology is his day job, Chris is passionate about fitness after losing 60 pounds himself in the last few years. Now he spreads both the word of technology and fitness along with the Team Beachbody Business through his blogs.

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