Insite Technology’s Auckland business development manager, John Gould, is stepping down from the IT industry, but isn’t ruling out a return.
Gould finished at Insite Technology on September 1, after 21 years in the industry. He had worked on contract at Insite since mid-2006, when the Christchurch-based company acquired his computer assembly firm Ultra Computers.
“I’ll be having a good break, but I’m not sure retirement is the right word because no one really retires these days. It may be a little bit early for me,” he says.
Gould was initially contracted for six months at Insite, but his contract kept getting renewed.
“Three and a half years is a long time after giving up your own business. [My departure] just came for me at the right time.”
However, Gould says he will keep in contact with Insite. “You never know, I may pop up in some way there.”
Gould started his IT career in 1988 with Imagineering, the precursor to Tech Pacific, which was acquired by Ingram Micro in late 2004.
Gould set up Ultra Computers with Mark Forbes, now a SnapperNet director, in 1992.
Looking back, Gould says he is most proud of developing the IT leaders of the future.
“We had a business [Ultra Computers] for 15 years and a lot of people were involved. I recall many 16 and 17 year olds out of school who spent more than 10 years with us. I would hope that we taught them quite a bit and that we touched peoples’ lives in their development.”
Gould, who is known in the industry for his love of fishing, says he hopes to get more time to indulge in the sport. “My wife and I are off to Fiji for three weeks on Thursday [September 3]. I’m not quite ready to collect a pension yet though.”
His departure was announced to the Insite dealer network at a reseller day in Auckland last week. “We’ve had some fun since 1992. It has been a pleasure knowing you and I hope to see many of you in the future,” Gould said.