Cypress MicroSystems | Cypress Semiconductor
March 03, 2010
I was doing my taxes this weekend and I noticed that my last payment for the buyout of for my Cypress MicroSystems shares happens in 2010. It will be $85. It will be the official end of that chapter. All in all it has been a great 10 years.
I came to Cypress Micro in 2000 and it was bought by Cypress in 2005. I have always felt the application engineers took the biggest risk in joining. The chip designers left jobs as chip designers and would still be so if we failed and the same with the software engineers in the tool team. The original application engineers gave up jobs as design engineers for micro controller base systems with no path back if we failed.
One of the benefits of being a Cypress wholly financed startup was the access to the sales force. I don’t think we could have made it without them. I remember meeting the FAEs for the first time and realizing I was with “my people”. The only thing keeping most of them from being CTOs of big companies is that they don’t work well for the man. I have heard it kindly phrased that they have a healthy disrespect for authority. (My kind of people all right. I think they also appreciated us. When we went to FAE conferences we would usually bring back with five of the top six awards.
If you have never worked at a startup, I highly recommend it. In a startup you do it all. When we needed the projector mounted in the conference room, I stopped by the hardware store and bought the stuff to do it myself. When we got the idea for online training we had it going a month latter.
I remember we decided to go to the Embedded System Show in Chicago about a month before. We worked on the presentation a week before and four of us went. At Cypress they planning would be a lot more extensive and take a lot longer but it also would have more impact. Cypress would be in a big booth in the center and Cypress Micro would be in a small booth next to the bathrooms. Cypress would have press releases. Cypress Micro would hand out two-dollar bills.
On the upside, they paid us well and it has been the project I am most proud to have worked on. PSoC is bigger than me and it now takes a bigger organization.