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Stepping down as primary organizer of Bay Area Scala Enthusiasts

From: Mike S.
Sent on: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 6:20 PM

When Dick Wall asked me in Dec 2011 to take over the management of BASE, I made it my mission to bring this user group to the next level. BASE now has 1250 members, making it the 2nd largest Scala organization in the world, behind ny-scala which has 1342 members. During my time as primary organizer, I've made a lot of new friends, had opportunities to work with many interesting people from all over the world, and received some very nice praise.

Increasingly, however, I have found that running BASE has become a heavy burden. I have been spending far too many hours a week on average on behalf of BASE, and after a concerted recruiting effort to get others organizers involved, I found even greater demands on my time.

I'm ending my role as primary organizer of BASE on a high note: the March 11 machine learning event at LinkedIn is sure to be our most well-attended event ever, and I am looking forward to acting as M/C one last time. Our speakers (Chris Severs and Vitaly Gordon) co-operated in a unique fashion while putting together their presentation. A special thanks is due to David Andrzejewski for his positive and energetic manner, deep technical knowledge and responsiveness.

Thanks also to Dhananjay Ragade who always made us welcome at LinkedIn whenever we wished to meet there. Thanks to Daniel Riedel for his support in so many ways, and thanks to the videographers who did the most for us: Ilana Rothman and Dianne Passen. Thanks to Frederick Kautz for the thoughtfulness behind his tweets as he operated @scalabase. Thanks to Peter Potts for the excellent logo he designed for us. Thanks to our many speakers, hosts and sponsors who made many things possible. Finally, thanks to Typesafe for their cooperation and unobtrusive support, and for the open source products that we are share a common interest in.

Looking back, my favorite meetups were:

As of now the planning committee is dissolved. The YouTube channel will remain indefinitely. I have paid the dues to for BASE up to August 7, 2013. I hope that a new leadership team will now form that shares the vision and values that I aspired to while running BASE.

Some people already have told me that they will remain behind after Monday's event, so that they may speak with others who are interested in forming a new leadership team. If you are interested in being part of the next generation of BASE leadership, please join them. It might be a good idea for interested parties to gather before the meetup starts as well - a good place for everyone to meet is the corner in the back of the room, between the tables with pizza and the A/V booth.

Going forward, I intend to focus more on Scala training and mentoring, in the form of in-person and on-line training.

I hope to see you all again soon,


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