It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Jon Goldberg, a founding member of Palante Technology Cooperative, without whom we wouldn't be as stable and successful as we've become. After six years of membership that includes implementing CiviCRM for many of our clients, providing local tech support to those in New York City and helping strengthen our own financial and technical infrastructure, he's leaving for other endeavors. We wish Jon the best in all he encounters and couldn't be more grateful for everything he's given us and the many progressive and community organizations working to build our movements. Below is his letter of departure.
I'm writing today with a sad heart to let you know that I'll be leaving Palante Technology Cooperative at the end of the month.
When I partnered with Jamila, Joseph and Jack in 2010, I did it with a simple goal: Help bridge the gap between the technology available to institutions of power and to regular folks fighting for justice. In helping to build Palante Tech, I feel like I've done a job I can be proud of.
During my time here we developed models for our work that allowed us to go from "solving problems" to "preventing problems" to "creating solutions to tomorrow's problems". We found ways to bring cost-effective work to folks whose resources are best spent on issues other than their technology. I won't bore you with the technical details, but hopefully you already have your own examples of how we've made your work a little easier or more effective.
Unfortunately, everything I was told about starting a business is true; it's a lot more stress than I imagined! My future is scarily uncertain, but it will have shorter hours and more time for my loved ones.
I'm glad to be leaving Palante on a stable footing to continue the good work we've accomplished so far, and after some much-needed rest, I'll surely return to this work in some form, using all the knowledge I've gained from working with all of you.