Why I Abandoned Corporate Culture

There is a phrase by a well respected religious leader Gordon B. Hinkley that once said: “Life is to be enjoyed, not endured.” When I first started my company Cytrus Logic I was enduring. I was naive. I was an excellent programmer but I had to learn the business. So I did what I thought I was supposed to do and tried to run my company with a corporate mentality.

I micromanaged to make sure that clients were happy and that projects got done on time. I promoted synergy(whatever that means) and I presented my company as a faceless company that was an enigma.

The result of this was that I had to keep up the appearance and it was taxing. Micromanaging cost me time. A lot of time. I was working 60-80 hours per week! I never had time with my family. I never had time for myself. In short, I was miserable.

After scaling back my company in order to focus on the important things in my life(my three children and my sweet beautiful wife), I decided I wanted to expand again. This time, however, I was going to do it my way or not at all. I started going anti-corporate.

I set up systems that would allow me to work completely remotely. These systems allow me to reduce my workload by 75%. Instead of micromanaging I created a system that allows me to keep people responsible for their work while at the same time ensuring customer satisfaction.

I work from home. My children can visit me in the office at any time. My 2-year-old son often watches cartoons with me while I am working. My dogs are in my office with me and I often take breaks to engage in one of my passions, dog training.

I get to work with charities. I go on dates with my wife often. I go on dates with my two daughters. I get to be a dad which is the most important thing in my life. Corporate life was exhausting. It took my life. I learned to hate it.

These days I run my company completely online. I live in Guatemala and I love it. I use technology to help people get gainful employment. I have my life back. I am happy. I don’t feel like I have to live a charade anymore. I enjoy life, I don’t simply endure it.

Jacob Billings
PhD Candidate - Complex Systems

I am a software engineer, linguist, and researcher of Complex Systems. I hold a bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Utah, a Master’s degree in linguistics from Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala City, and I am a doctoral candidate in Complex Systems at the Polytechnic University in Madrid, Spain.

Software Development: I bring over 20 years of experience in developing software for multiple clients in various environments. I have a solid knowledge of PHP, Javascript, MySQL, NoSQL, Python, and Java.

Over my career, I have had the opportunity to work on projects for some of the most recognized brands on the planet. Brands like Marriott Hotels, Microsoft, Ashland Chemical, Capital One Credit Cards, Cadbury Schweppes, GE and more. This has given me an in-depth understanding of my client's challenges as they grow. I know how to get a company from startup to maturity with technology. My specialties are in E-commerce(specifically Magento), process automation, and security.