Iris Classon
Iris Classon - In Love with Code

First day at work, hello dream job and hello IdentityMine

I can finally share with the world something I’ve been so nervous and excited about for a while. Nervous it might be all a dream, excited that it is for real. Yesterday was my first official day at IdentityMine a company that specializes in digital user experience using some of my favorite platforms: Windows Store, Windows Phone, WPF, Xbox, Kinect and more.

IdentityMine creates leading edge applications for well-known companies using awesome things such as motion, eye and gesture tracking, and let’s not forget touch. Do I need to say I am the luckiest girl in the world?


And there is one more reason as to why I’m so thrilled. My new boss, my manager, is no other than my dear friend Laurent Bugnion. Who I first came in contact with after using his rather known OSS framework MVVM Light in a school project. Laurent is a great friend, mentor and a very skilled programmer- combine that with getting to work with other very skilled programmers and we can see why I’m all smiles while I write this- sitting at a Starbucks café in Switzerland after a long day of introduction to the company by Laurent.

Me and Laurent earlier today. We spent the day ordering in my equipment and setting up my environment

From the start I knew I loved working with these technologies, and while I happily played and worked with other languages, platforms and tools- I always invested in this. My first ‘Hello World’ was a WPF, my first app a Windows Phone, my first technical course for Pluralsight Leap Motion, my first book (co-authored) on Windows Store Apps. Somewhere I knew this is the area where I, for now, I thrive the best and can deliver best. You wouldn’t believe how many argued that it’s better to be a generalist, and that it would be impossible to find what I was looking for. Call me a dreamer, but this dreamer just had her dream come true :D

New Balance application for Microsoft PixelSense(formerly Microsoft Surface). Image borrowed from IdentityMine (portfolio section)

Of course I have a lot of hard work ahead of me- the programmers we have are very good at what they do and this is a completely different level when we talk about these technologies as we are talking specialists working on innovative projects for large and known clients.

Zürich at sunset. Not a bad way to end my second day at work ;)

And where I will live? Well we haven’t figured that out yet. But that is hardly important right now. I have code to write, coffee to drink, and new people to meet. And I couldn’t be more happy.


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3/11/2014 1:22:13 PM
Welcome to the family! 
Don Schenck
3/11/2014 1:36:22 PM
I'm so happy for you.

I know the feeling; I started at Rackspace last July, and I'm still pinching myself. It's not a "job", it's being able to do the things I LOVE, for an incredible company, and get paid for it.

This is great news. Congratulations on your new position. 
Fredrik Björeman
3/11/2014 1:40:12 PM
Wonderful, congratulations again! 
Leopold Birkholm
3/11/2014 2:00:02 PM
Wonderful news - I am glad for you. It's so fun to read about happy news. And, I can only speak for myself, you are a source for inspiration. 
Glenn Block
3/11/2014 7:07:34 PM
Congratulations Iris! It has been really a treat to watch your progression in the industry. I am excited to see that you joined Identity Mine. You can't go wrong working for Laurent! 
srinivas kadiyala
3/12/2014 12:29:09 AM
Congrats Iris.. Good luck :) 
Jens Christian Rasch
3/12/2014 2:20:46 AM
Congratulations Iris. A very positive and inspiring post. Go for your dreams and don't let people hold you back ... or down :)

Good luck in Zürich 
Sean Kearon
3/13/2014 1:41:42 AM
Fantastic news, very well done!  Having a passion for coding and software is the main ingredient to make a successful coder.  Your story is a brilliant example of how combining your passion with hard work can take you a long way in this industry.  I'm sure that will help inspire a lot of other people to start coding too! 
3/13/2014 9:28:28 AM
Tell Laurent that he is only an email away if he doesnt look after you 
3/22/2014 5:50:58 AM
Congratulations ;) 
3/25/2014 2:55:53 AM
Grattis Iris! Så kul för dig! 
Iris Classon
4/16/2014 11:57:02 AM
Reply to: Mikael
tack :) 
Iris Classon
4/16/2014 11:59:12 AM
Reply to: Sigurjon
Thank you! 
Iris Classon
4/16/2014 12:04:40 PM
Reply to: Leopold Birkholm
Thank you so much for the very kind words, I do my very best and it genuinely makes me happy to hear it has an effect! 
Iris Classon
4/16/2014 12:05:12 PM
Reply to: Jens Christian Rasch
Thank you Jens :D I don't know yet where I will end up, but there will a move... ;) 
Iris Classon
4/16/2014 12:06:52 PM
Reply to: Don Schenck
My aim in life is to work without it feeling like work :D Of course a pay is handy, but I like work to be a continuation of my life not an interruption. Life is too short to just wait for the weekends or vacations :) 

Last modified on 2014-03-11