“Grant. Digit number 7. Love you, brother. Our loss, China’s gain.
Friday, October 10, marked the end of a great era for 40Digits. One of our best and brightest, Grant Holle, had his last official day as a full-time Digit, leaving 40Digits and the US behind him as he and his wife moved to China. Grant contributed to multiple projects during his reign as our resident Poet Laureate of ARK Music Factory, some of which were our most successful or most challenging. He will be sorely missed by all not just because he was a great developer, but also he was a pretty rad dude.
Grant was one of the first Digits to join the company, back when we all still fit in one minivan. He left for a little, but returned to the flock because he loved the culture and the people at 40D. Grant brought with him a skateboard, some sweet guitar skills, a love of Rebecca Black’s “Friday”, and some fantastic cookie recipes, along with some amazing back-end development skills. Grant’s positive attitude and energy never ceased, even when he had to handle many of the megalithic projects that we took on that just never seemed to end or became difficult.
The Party Planning Committee was tasked with coming up with something to send Grant off right, since the chance of him returning to the country isn’t very high. The committee started off just planning the first going-away party the company has ever had, but some clever Digits came up with two ways to show him our appreciation for his humor and what he brought to the company.
The first, headed by our resident Spielberg-in-Training, Aly, was to put together a series of Vines with each of the Digits saying something we liked about Grant or our best wishes for him. The end result was Grantitudes.
The second was a parody of Grant’s personal website, grantholle.com. Grant had a well-loved hidden page at grantholle.com/fun (seizure warning for rapidly changing colors) that became a part of the company culture. Aly and Brandon worked together to come up with 40digits.com/fun to hold the video and a link to The Grant Hole.
Grant flew out on the 15th for China. He left behind an RC copter, most of his possessions, his work laptop, and many people who will sorely miss him.