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Turning The Page To Begin A New Chapter In My Life…

There is a famous quote that "if you love something, set it free", so it is with immense pride and emotion that I acknowledge that it is time for me to step aside from the open source project, company, and legacy that I helped create and transition my responsibilities at DNN Corp.


After nearly 14 years of working on one of the most widely deployed open source CMS platforms, the company and I have concluded that it’s time for me to seek new opportunities that build on these experiences. My passion for building products and ecosystems that make an impact on the world is as strong as ever and I look forward focusing my energy and creativity along similar lines.


During my tenure at DNN, the open source project and company achieved great success and received many industry accolades - some of which I would have never dreamed remotely possible at its humble inception. The company has grown into a mature enterprise with high quality products that are mission critical to customers worldwide. I have also been blessed with establishing many genuine relationships and trusted friendships within the DNN ecosystem which I know will endure forever.


It is inspiring and gratifying to think of the millions of people who have been touched by the DNN open source project in the past decade. I am not just talking about software developers; successful open source projects create powerful economic platforms and two-sided markets which allow entrepreneurs of modest backgrounds, education, business experience, culture, and financial resources to overcome adversity, unleash their creativity and achieve amazing things. DNN has not only changed the lives of many people worldwide - it changed my life as well.


It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at DNN Corp. I am humbled by the professionalism and passion of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this amazing company.


I have always promised myself when the right time came for me to change direction, I would be brief, unlike my typical  lengthy CTO blog posts. And I realize that there may be some theories or speculation about my departure from DNN Corp but I can assure you that this was a mutual decision that was only made after significant reflection and consideration by myself and the company.


I’ve always believed in strong leadership during times of change, so effective immediately I will assist however needed to ensure a seamless transition.


I am very excited for what the future holds for DNN.

With my deepest appreciation,
Shaun Walker



Chris Hammond
A sad day! I look forward to whatever comes next for you!
Chris Hammond Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:08 PM (link)
Rich Campbell
Very sad indeed! Best of luck Shaun. We deeply appreciate everything you've done. I'm sure your next endeavor will be a success.
Rich Campbell Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:26 PM (link)
Declan Ward
As Chris said, "a sad day" for DNN.

May I offer a big thank you for what you have given us all and offer best wishes for whatever the future holds for you.

Declan Ward
Declan Ward Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:36 PM (link)
Ash Prasad
You 'were' and 'will' remain the true DNN Hero. Good luck with everything Shaun!
Ash Prasad Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:56 PM (link)
Néstor Sánchez
Wishing you the very best, I hope we "see" you soon in another rewarding and fruitful adventure.
Néstor Sánchez Tuesday, August 12, 2014 6:59 PM (link)
Will Strohl
Since my first comment wasn't approved... This is indeed sad news and I wish you the best.
Will Strohl Tuesday, August 12, 2014 7:27 PM (link)
Alex Shirley
Shaun thankyou for everything... 14 brilliant years...
Alex Shirley Tuesday, August 12, 2014 7:31 PM (link)
Michael Washington
Shaun you're the guy who taught me how to not be afraid of Open Source. My .Net career started with DotNetNuke and I owe you and the Core Team a lot. Thank you so much and good luck with your next endeavor. I hope to see you at the MVP Summit.
Michael Washington Tuesday, August 12, 2014 7:53 PM (link)
David Poindexter
Shaun - I have the utmost respect for you and wish you nothing but the best! Thank you for kick starting my entrepreneurial pursuits. I have no regrets jumping on the iBuySpy Workshop / DotNetNuke bandwagon way back when! And I am just as excited today about the platform as I was then, if not more. That said, there is a piece of me that is quite sad to hear the news. Your legend lives on though (with the help of the Shaun Bobble)!
David Poindexter Tuesday, August 12, 2014 8:22 PM (link)
Sebastian Leupold
the DNN community will miss you very much as you have been the ignite for many great solutions, ideas and ways to approach new terrain. My best wishes for you and your family and a good start into a new successful phase of life.
Sebastian Leupold Tuesday, August 12, 2014 8:45 PM (link)
Chris Chodnicki
Shaun - Sincere gratitude and thanks for your commitment and loyalty to DNN and the community. It is not many people who can say they have built a product and company used every minute of the day throughout the entire world. KUDOS!

I just watched Dead's Poet Society - As the Captain said "Carpe Diem" on your next chapter!
Chris Chodnicki Tuesday, August 12, 2014 9:06 PM (link)
2sic Daniel Mettler
Shaun - we'll miss you a lot.

You've given about half of your life to DNN, and I hope that we all will continue to carry your legacy in they way that will make you proud. God bless!

Love from Switzerland,
2sic Daniel Mettler Wednesday, August 13, 2014 2:13 AM (link)
David Lee
Thank you Shaun! Best wishes and enjoy the future.
David Lee Wednesday, August 13, 2014 2:17 AM (link)
Geoff Barlow
A very sad day! I would like to wish you the very best and success in your future plans. Your a legend!
Geoff Barlow Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:02 AM (link)
Venturoli Gianclaudio
Thanks for everything and good luck !
Venturoli Gianclaudio Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:50 AM (link)
Mark Breen

thank you for what you and DotNetNuke have given me.

When you feel like it, jump on a plane, take one of my motorcycles and spend a week or two riding around Ireland.

I have jackets, gloves helmets etc, just bring yourself.

Welcome anytime.

Mark Breen Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:58 AM (link)
Timo Breumelhof
Thank you for all the years you spent on the community! We will miss you!
Timo Breumelhof Wednesday, August 13, 2014 5:26 AM (link)
Leigh Pointer
Dearest Shaun! Best wishes and enjoy the future, I do hope one day our paths cross again but until that time, all the best in your endeavours, and love to your family!
Leigh Pointer Wednesday, August 13, 2014 7:46 AM (link)
Ken Grierson
Loved working with you these 5 years and very sorry to see you leave.
You hired me into DNN when all my tech industry work experience was in the US and none in Canada. For that I'll be forever grateful.
Best of luck outside of DNN in whatever new endeavour you take on.
Ken Grierson Wednesday, August 13, 2014 1:58 PM (link)
Ernst Peter Tamminga
The years I have been using DNN were among the best years of my life. I love the product and the community that comes with it. I have made good friends, followed inspiring conferences, and more, much more fun stuff.
Shaun: you are responsible for that. THANK YOU.
Ernst Peter Tamminga Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:24 PM (link)
Francisco Perez Andres
Good luck for you, Shaun, and my best wishes! Thank you!
Francisco Perez Andres Thursday, August 14, 2014 4:45 AM (link)
Wes Tatters
Your inspiration and guidance will be sadly missed Shaun. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
Wes Tatters Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:22 AM (link)
Benoit Sarton
Thanks Shaun. I liked your long blog posts. Unfortunately this one was shorter, but I've read all the comments and I share the feelings that everybody expressed. Thanks for all that you've done and the good vibes you brought to the European meetings. Good luck for whatever is next. Come see us in france on Mark's motorcycle.
Benoit Sarton Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:47 AM (link)
Bruce Hopkins
Wow, some news I stumbled onto. I haven't been on this site in months and stop by to this. congrats Shaun, you took it much further than I ever imagined it could go. For some reason the theme of our first MVP summit comes to mind. I remember everyone saying Shaun Walker is DotNetNuke. Good luck with what ever you do next. Leave

Bruce Hopkins Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:06 PM (link)
Peter Schotman
Back in 2004 I started working with DNN. It enabled my to setup my own business, and it has been a learningful, challenging and fun ride ever since. Thank you very much Shaun!
Peter Schotman Friday, August 15, 2014 6:06 AM (link)
Michael Tobisch
I am too shocked to be able to write down my emotions. Shaun Walker leaves DNN? Incredible. This would have been something like Steve Jobs leaves Apple - and he did, and came back, to be even more successful (is this my kind of hope?). Shaun, I wish you all the best for what ever you are going to do, thank you for your commitement, your ideas, which have been sparks that enlighted the fire (or even fire that sparked over) for me and all of us, thank you for _your_ great product. And I am glad to have been involved. Thank you very much! (Sorry, maybe my English is too bad to express all my emotions, but I can hardly hold back my tears).
Michael Tobisch Friday, August 15, 2014 1:01 PM (link)
Mark Garcia
What a legacy you are leaving Shaun. I too started working with DotNetNuke back when you were making the transition from the iBuySpy Workshop to 1.0. Well done! If you've got another project you're working on sign me up.
It's hard to wrap your head around Apple without Steve, and Microsoft without Bill, and now it's DNN without Shaun? Say it ain't so.
Mark Garcia Friday, August 15, 2014 10:17 PM (link)
Jessica Cross
As Michael said, it is hard to imagine DNN without Shaun Walker. I wish you all the best in your next adventure. It was a real pleasure getting to work and learn from you.
Jessica Cross Monday, August 18, 2014 3:08 PM (link)
Phil Speth
Thanks Shaun,
I hope your next venture is as amazing as your last.
Phil Speth Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:19 PM (link)

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