So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish

My goodbye note to fellow Lifesizers in September 2015. It was sent back to my personal email from a co-worker. As if the title needs introduction it is from Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe. I told my wife, "So Long. Thanks for all the Fish", and she looked at me like I was crazy and has been asking anyone she sees if they've ever heard it. Only one has (of course it was Gary). It's what the dolphins said when they left Planet Earth before it was destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. I guess it's an engineering thing ;).


From: Casey King
Sent: Monday, September 07, 2015 9:31 PM
To: All
Subject: So Long. Thanks!


This week is my last at Lifesize. One week short of 12 years! Wow, what a ride it’s been with all of you!

I often limit a talk to 3 things, so I wanted to share a few lists of 3.

3 favorite products


- Icon + Phone + Cloud. What a combo & getting better everyday!

- Passport. The gateway to Icon. Technically it was incredibly hard to do. No one in the world did what we did.

- Bridge 2200. Another very HARD product to do. And a gateway product to infrastructure and soft MCUs.

- BONUS: The original Room system. The reward is to get to do it again, and Room let us do that. Many miracles.

- … AND webRTC, VideoCenter, Desktop Client, Express, CSS, … too many fantastic products to pick only 3!

3 favorite presentations


- The “I’m a Mac” parody that Joe & I did at the Alamo Ritz in 2008. So much fun and the content included “Name 5 Great Products” & “Becoming #1 in the World” through learning, change & quality. Wish we recorded this one.

- the YEARS talking about burning platforms and software eating the world, culminating with the “Reimagination” presentation in Dubai launching Icon. Actually ALL of the launch intros were epic, from spinning a multicolor basketball at 60 fps, to Bridge 2200, to UVC failover, to running Cloud demos off a Verizon LTE network in NYC and SF. Lots of first, best and only products.

- The “Once you Get a Good Wave, Stay on the Board” presentation including 3 parts: “Why are You Still Here”, “Vision” & “Futures”.

- BONUS: Given only to summer interns: “Connecting the Dots. The Path to Lifesize CTO & Other Random Nuggets of Information to Think About"

3 favorite Lifesize videos


- "Call me Maybe” parody video with a brief cameo on a scooter

- Simon Sinek TED inspired “Why” video from a bunch of Lifesize employees. It still chokes me up to see the raw passion of people and love of LS.

- Beau, Joe, Sean, Matt, Stefan, BLR guys intro to Bridge 2200. “Radical New Architecture”, “How the Heck do we do this?”, “Clean sheet of paper”, “Technical challenge”, “Very strategic product”

- BONUS: Ariel Atom video as a metaphor for Bridge 2200. “It destroys your face."

3 favorite TED talks (Impossible to pick only 3)


- Hans Rosling. The best stats you’ve ever seen. Insight to the power of data collection and analysis.

- Hugh Herr. The new bionics that let us run, climb & dance

- Stefan Sagmeister. The power of time off. Obviously I believe in this one!

- Bonus: Not a TED talk, but the Stanford online semester lectures, “How to Start a Startup”. Watch them all.

3 things I will miss the most


- Free breakfast tacos

- Free beer at the Tech Meetings

- Christmas parties

Seriously, I will miss all of you and the great products. Keep them coming.

As for us, Lonna and I are going to take at least a year before jumping into something new. Play a lot of tennis. Play a lot of guitar. Ski and snowboard 50 days. Learn some new things. Write some software. Split time between Austin, Colorado & the west coast.

Please stay in touch.




phone: 512-963-6635

One last thing. There is a new documentary released Friday, “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” directed by Alex Gibney. It hasn’t been released in local theaters, but you can get it on Apple TV. In the 22nd minute of the movie, Lifesize makes a prominent appearance as you can see below.

Thanks again for all the support over the years. You guys did all the hard work! I have high expectations for Lifesize moving forward.

So long for now …