So long TNW, hello FullContact.
There are times in life when you truly learn the meaning of the word bittersweet. Today is one of those times for me. After 3 ½ years at The Next Web, it’s time to move on to the next set of challenges. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I will be joining FullContact effective August 1st. While we haven’t figured out a title yet, I’ll be focused on helping FullContact grow its marketing efforts.
I joined TNW as a part-time news writer while I was looking for a new job as a nurse. Little did I know that a short time later I would completely change career paths. Over the course of my time with the company, I came to know TNW as family. There have been countless times that Zee, Patrick and many others have gone above and beyond any reasonable expectations in order to help me fix personal problems, drive the growth of the site and to build something from nothing. As I sit here writing this, I literally have a sinking feeling in my chest and a lump in my throat.
TNW is directly responsible for the formation of some of the best relationships that I have in my life, outside of my marriage. Some of my closest friendships have been formed because of business trips that I took with The Next Web. To say that TNW has been ingrained into my life forever would be a massive understatement. In fact, it was on a trip to Boulder in 2011 for TNW that I met FullContact, then known as Rainmaker.
I’ve been impressed with the FullContact team for a while. The combination of leadership, direction, organization and technical prowess is positively stunning. Bart’s dedication to building a billion-dollar company, and hiring the right people to make that happen, is something that we see far less often than we should in the world of startups.
FullContact is solving a problem that every single one of us have. Its impact is huge and it has a multi-faceted revenue model in place as well as paying customers. That is far sexier than digital stickers or some photo-sharing app.
Real people, real problems, real solutions and real money. It’s a great combination.
You’ll be seeing my name on the FullContact blog very soon (yep, back to writing!), and I look forward to where this entire journey takes me. I’ll be doing the bulk of my work from Nashville, but I’ll be in Denver at least monthly to meet with the team (and to enjoy a place that’s become a second home to me). New opportunities bring new challenges, and I’ve never been more excited to get started.