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Jari Innanen
Al Mooney has left Adobe
on Jul 28, 2017 at 7:47:22 pm
Last Edited By Jari Innanen on Jul 28, 2017 at 9:06:18 pm



Did this come as a surprise?
EDIT: Seems Al left to work for Facebook.


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Oliver Peters
Re: Al Mooney has left Adobe
on Jul 28, 2017 at 9:37:31 pm

[Jari Innanen] "Did this come as a surprise?"

I think so.

- Oliver

Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com


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Bill Davis
Re: Al Mooney has left Adobe
on Jul 29, 2017 at 3:05:25 am

It's a loss for Adobe.

I don't really know Al personally, but I've been backstage at enough SuperMeets where Al has been a keynote presenter to have seen how seriously he's taken his work demonstrating the software for large crowds.

If you've never given a demo in front of a couple of thousand other editors at a major trade show - you have no idea of just how difficult it is to be both entertaining and informative - to get thing scrupulously right - and to make every word count.

If you think these guys just walk up and nail it somehow - you don't have a clue. And I've seen Al pacing and reversing 5 minutes before going out on stage - even tho it's crystal clear he's been rehearsing his presentations for weeks if not months.

It's precisely what professionalism is made of.

And Al Mooney always did it extremely well.

Our own Tim Wilson still sits atop my personal pyramid as the best prepared and most engaging software demo guy I've ever had the privilege to watch work - but Al wasn't far behind.

Like I said. He will be missed.

Creator of XinTwo - http://www.xintwo.com
The shortest path to FCP X mastery.


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Tim Wilson
Re: Al Mooney has left Adobe
on Jul 30, 2017 at 2:58:22 am

[Bill Davis] "Our own Tim Wilson still sits atop my personal pyramid as the best prepared and most engaging software demo guy I've ever had the privilege to watch work "

Bill, I can't tell you how much that means coming from you! I really did what put an insane amount of effort into my presentations, and I know that you do too. And you know that success requires more than caring about JUST the presentation. It gets to that old cliche about coming from the heart and all that, which is another thing I know that you share: really caring about the thing you're talking about, and caring about connecting to the audience. I wanted people's lives to be better after my presentations...which is kind of arrogant, I know 😂 but in practice, I tried to come at it with humility. It's not tech support. It's supporting people's lives.

I've never crossed paths with Al, but I've seen how widely he's been praised as both a skilled presenter and as a genuinely empathetic guy who cares about customers as peers. I'm impressed by the number of such folks I've met at Adobe, but in general heartily lament the shortage of empathy industry-wide, and certainly wish him a happy landing in his next venture.

Many thanks again for the kind words, Bill, as well as a reminder on behalf of both me and Al that there are some folks for whom this isn't just a job.

Regards,
Tim


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