Leaving Adobe

Hi folks.

As it turns out, I have decided to leave Adobe.

The reasons are complicated, but my decision was somewhat sudden and unexpected, so I am not quite sure what I’ll be doing next. If you have any ideas for me, let me know! For the time being, I won’t be posting much until I figure out what I’ll be doing.

Thanks to all the great people I met along the way. It has been tremendous fun. I will be rooting for Flex from the sidelines.

25 Responses to “Leaving Adobe”

  1. Benz

    Really sad news! If people like you decide to leave i`m worried about the directions adobe takes. I wish you all the best and a great new job.

  2. Peter

    I’m sorry to hear that Sho, all the best with whatever you decide to do next!

  3. Eric

    Best of luck with to you – thank you for shaping the products that have bettered our professional and recreational careers!

  4. Tom Ortega

    Yeah, bummer to hear the news. Do post once you figure out where your going.

  5. Tom Cornilliac

    Best of luck to you Sho! I’m positive that whatever you choose to do next will be wildly successful. Thanks for all you’ve done for Flex and the Flex Community!

  6. smalamas

    The last few months a lot of great guys join Adobe and that was so good news for all of us..
    This is the 1st bad one in a long time..
    Thanks for everything, i wish you the best.
    I hope that Flex is still your lover so leaving Adobe is not a “big deal” for you, us and Flex.
    Please don’t misunderstand “big deal”, my English sucks.
    Take care.

  7. milan

    Life continues! Thank you for your blog posts, examples, in-sights and all… Best luck on your new projects and jobs. Hopefully you’ll be blogging more now :)

  8. Andrew Spaulding

    It’s been great to have you on the Flex Builder team, it’s come along way over the past 2 years!! Good luck with your future endeavors.

    Adobe Sydney

  9. Scott Barnes

    Doh! …

    I’m a fan of your work Sho, so hopefully we will see more of you going forward.

    All the best and good luck with your next step.

    Scott Barnes
    RIA Evangelist

  10. aw

    Wooo. “I will be rooting for Flex from the sidelines.”

    Anyway, good luck man :)

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  12. Den Ivanov

    Good luck! Thanx for everything you do for developers )

  13. Mike Potter

    Sad news indeed (for us!) Best of luck Sho, it was great working with you!


  14. Forrest O.

    Hey, your Flickr/Flex video tutorial got me into Flex, so thanks for that!

  15. dan radigan

    Sho, best of luck in your future endeavors!

  16. Robert M. Hall

    Hey Sho – best of luck in whatever you decide to tackle next – I’m certain it will be a success. Please do make sure you let us all know where you land next – it was a pleasure to get to meet, talk and work with you while at Adobe – all the best!

  17. Hepp Maccoy

    Best of luck Sho – you were a big help for us!
    Yahoo will certainly miss you as a friendly face for Adobe.
    No doubt you’ll shine at whatever you choose to do next!

    Hepp Maccoy

  18. saumya

    Bad news for me :( .
    All the best for the future Sho, which I think, you have a brighter one.

  19. Ethan Miller

    Argh. Bummer, Sho. I was always reassured by the simple fact of your presence at Adobe. Best of luck with whatever’s next.

    cheers, ethan

  20. Jeff

    Your contact link is not working, is there an email address to contact you?

  21. Amy Wong

    We’re going to miss you very much, Sho. Thank you so much for all that you have done for the Flex community in the Adobe Flex Developer Center. Without your ideas and help we wouldn’t have been able to do it.

  22. greg h


    First Stephen Elop departs, and now Sho Kuwamoto. Somehow Adobe is letting key senior talent slip out the door.

    Thank you Sho.

    Thank you for your contributions on Dreamweaver from 1.0 thru every version up to Dreamweaver 8, including leading the development team.

    Thank you for contributing your amazing talents to management and design of the
    first two Eclipse based versions of Flex Builder.

    And through it all being an incredibly great guy including taking time to help both of these vital products succeed in the community.

    I hope that Adobe management get their heads on right and find a way to woo you to stay.

    If not, we look forward to your continuing to create insanely great (and spectacularly successful) software.

    Warmest regards,


  23. sho

    Thanks for all the kind comments. The about page and the contact page should be working again. The server went down recently and when it was brought back up, those pages were stuck. Must be a WordPress bug.

    Just to set the record straight on Greg’s kind words about Dreamweaver, I don’t think I worked on Dreamweaver 8. That was led by Paul Gubbay, Jay London and Jorge Taylor on the dev side, with Jen Taylor on the product management side.

  24. Carlos Rovira

    Hi Sho,

    Bad news, but sure you have your reasons. Hope you come again some time in the future. Meanwhile, best of luck! :)

  25. greg h

    Hi Sho,

    Thank you for correcting my faulty recollection of when you came off Dreamweaver and moved onto Zorn (Flex Builder 2).

    In your correction, you are true to your nature in being ever the gentleman and consummate team lead by being sure that credit was given where credit was due.

    Warmest regards,


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