I have hung up my reporter’s notebook for good and retired from the news business. I have joined early stage venture capital firm, True Ventures, as a full partner of the firm. True was the seed investor for Gigaom and the relationship I have with the firm is deep and personal. My post explaining my decision is here on Gigaom and my partner (and Gigaom board member) Jon Callaghan tells the story of me and True. I am seriously excited to start this new phase of my life. I will share my plans in the near future soon.
I am as much Gigaom as the company is me, and it will always be. And while I am no longer an active employee of Gigaom, the company I started in June 2006, I am a spiritual employee and hold a vast amount of emotional equity in addition to my personal stake in the company. It goes without saying that I will remain a contributor and a key part of Gigaom events. (Let’s meet up at Structure Data in New York on March 19th & 20th.) I am looking forward to co-hosting Roadmap, our experience and design conference with Katie Fehrenbacher in November 2014 and we will soon announce further details.
This is a tough and emotional decision. It has not been an easy one, but in the end the reason I was able to take the final step of separating myself from the company I founded in June 2006 is because Gigaom has an incredible team — one that works because it is not beholden to personality of one person, but because how they work with each other. My team is the reason I have succeeded at the one thing every founder fears and craves the most: creating a company that lives on without the founder.