In a surprise move, EMC CTO George Symons has jumped ship from the storage giant to take the helm of 50-person software startup Yosemite Technologies.
Symons' departure has already raised some eyebrows in the storage market. "In some ways I am surprised -- he is going from a nice big environment to a startup," says analyst Greg Schulz of the StorageIO Group, although he adds that Symons has already experienced startup life at Full Time Software, which was eventually bought by Legato.
For his part, Symons says that he is comfortable with his decision. "I am an entrepreneur," he told Byte & Switch. "In a large company, you're involved and you work on different things, but the impact is different."
The former EMC exec plans to refocus Yosemite on the SMB market, given the startup's less-than-stellar results to win more enterprise dollars. (See Yosemite Revamps Pricing.) "Honestly, I think it was a mistake -- the company lost some focus by doing that," he said in an interview late last week. "The requirements of the enterprise are so broad."
Instead, Yosemite will target the SMB space, and Symons is already planning to expand the startup's product line around desktop and laptop backup, as well as filling in other gaps -- "key areas around ease of use and ease of management," he explains.