My Last Day at Exact

Today after almost 12 and a half years I left the Exact headquarters for the last time as an employee. In all those years I've had a fantastic time and I could never have imagined that it would last so long. Exact gave me the opportunity to build a career, to work with the best people in the industry and deliver exciting products. I’m proud of what I, together with all the fantastic people at Exact, have achieved and will carry the great memories with me. I’m especially proud of all the people who are less visible that supported me to get where I am today.

Why did I leave?

I’ve always said that life consists of a chain of five-six year chunks, you move from elementary school, secondary school, your studies into your first job, second job, etc. I’ve done now 12 years, a double shift and a good moment to explore other opportunities. I've done some careful reflection of my ambitions, my  interests and what I like doing the most. I'm a creative mind and a changed environment will do me good. I will take Exacts lessons and experiences into a different and new direction, it might be the entrepreneurial spirit the encouraged me to take some risk. I'm curious and excited about new challenging environments. I’m grateful that I’m in the position to make this choice.

I’m leaving with mixed feelings, I’m sad to leave many great things behind, but know that the people left behind will continue to do great things. I’m also excited to explore new opportunities in other environments. I see sparkles of glitter and joy in the unknown. I want to thank Exact and it's people for giving me the opportunity to become who I am and I want to thank you all for working with me and enriching my life.

What about the future?

I’ve many ideas, but no plans. I'll at least take the rest of the year off to emotionally detach and have a good rest to clear my mind and soul for my next opportunity. I'll start with a two week vacation to Japan, you can follow the trip here. I see this as the first step into a new adventure into the unknown. After the trip it's very likely that reality will finally hit: I'm without a job! Luckily there is a huge backlog with chores in and around the house that I look forward to get done. It's a great way to keep busy and build up some relationship credits before going into a new busy job.

A little further forward in time I'll probably ending up doing something with innovative and social technology. There is so many disruptive and interesting things going on, I'm sure there will be something that will capture my mind.

What's next?

Nobody knows... but you can keep up to date by subscribing to this blog, follow me on twitter, contact me on skype or drop me and email: aad[at]

Thank you all for working with me.



You'll be missed. —Peter Means

Aad, it was a pleasure to work with you. We have had great discussions with a lot inspiration. We also had a lot of fun. Especially the discussions at the coffee corner about your car, hairdresser etc... A lot of succes in your next carreer. We will keep in touch. Gr. André

It was a pleasure Aad. You'll be missed. Keep us inspired via your Blog and Twits and like André also mentioned, let's stay in touch!
Grtnx, Werner.

Hi Adriaan, I knew this would be your last (official) day in the office I had not realized that 20102010 would be you last day. Indeed a day to remember. We will all miss you and i want to thank you for the fun and good working relation we had over the last 3 years. Special thanks for your patience in learning me the basic fundamentals on software, social networks and many other subjects and answering my questions in such a way I could understand then.
I wish you good luck in detaching from Exact and enjoy the time off.
We will keep in touch.
Best regarrds and good holiday.

Welcome to outside Exact, Aad.

Inside Exact infuses confidence to do anything you set your passion at.

Brgds, Clive


Hi Aad, didn't know yesterday was going to be your last day, otherwise I would've dropped by.

Good luck with your career and I am sure we will meet again soon.


We all missed you already Aad! Once again...thank you for believe in us and made us what we are today. We will do our best to continue the great work that you have initiated. Happy ironing and enjoy your 'holy' days (read:holidays) :)

we miss you.....

Lili and UX team

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