So, what are you going to do next?

This is certainly the question I received most often when people learned I was not going to be available again for election as president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE).

Being founder and president of FSFE has been a challenge in more than one way, and I have enjoyed it greatly. It would certainly have been possible to stay in this position for longer. But the time was right for a change, and as explained in my other posting, I believe this change was the best possible choice for the organisation. So it became clear that it was time to start looking for the next big challenge.

Naturally I began thinking about this for the past year that I knew the change was going to happen at this year’s General Assembly. Some time was spent talking to friends, some time on identifying opportunities, and even more time was spent on weeding out less interesting options. This process has narrowed down my choices to a group of four or five, between which the choice is likely to be made.

These discussions are still ongoing, so nothing I can talk about right now.

Meanwhile I will take some well-deserved vacation with my wife and do some consulting work. If you would like to work together, you can find my profile on FSFE’s page, which also contains a more verbose CV in PDF format.

Once the decision for my next big challenge has been made, I’ll let you know.

My sincere thanks to everyone I had the pleasure to encounter and get to know over the years.

A special notice goes to Bernhard, Matthias, and all the others who surprised me during the assembly with the good wishes from so many people I had the pleasure to work with more closely during my time as president of the Free Software Foundation Europe. I also guess that having the General Assembly and its guests sing ā€œOh, Freedomā€ was better than the alternative.

Thank you, all.

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About Georg Greve

Georg Greve is a technologist and entrepreneur. Background as a software developer and physicist. Head of product development and Chairman at Vereign AG. Founding president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). Previously president and CEO at Kolab Systems AG, a Swiss Open Source ISV. In 2009 Georg was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contributions to Open Source and Open Standards.
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5 Responses to So, what are you going to do next?

  1. And thank you for your hard work in the organization. I’ve been with the FSFE since 2005, and have always been very impressed by the work FSFE do in relation to the EU and governmental affairs throughout Europe. I am eagerly waiting to see in what ways FSFE can expand further and how we can make our work more efficient, but that’s another cup of tea. (-:

  2. Hi Georg,
    You did an excellent job and helped to build a great organization. Iā€™m sure the new team will continue the work and will drive FSFEurope in the right way.
    I know how tough is to do this work and I know how much you deserve some rest. We keep in touch and we would like to see you in the next editions of eLiberatica. And of course, we will continue our strong relations with FSFEurope, which was one of the first organizations that supported our event.
    I wish you all my best, good luck in your future endeavors, and have a great vacation!

  3. Anoop John says:

    Free Software has built a very strong base in Europe thanks a lot to the work of FSFE with you at its helm. I hope you will be able to continue your good work for Free Software even after leaving this position. I wish you all the very best in your future endeavors.

  4. Zak Greant says:

    Aloha Georg,

    I’d say that it is about time that you passed the torch, but I know you. Your torch is yours alone to carry.

    So I’ll instead say that it is time for others whose torches you helped light to lift theirs high.

    Be well and good luck as you find new dark corners to light,

  5. Carlo Piana says:

    Just tanks and a lot of congratulations for the work you have done. You have been awesome!


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