So long, and thanks for all the clicks

So now that the cat is out of the bag so to speak, I suppose it’s time for me to speak up and talk about why I’m moving away from what I’ve called the best job in the world.

The short version of the story is that I see the numbers and I know TNW’s growth. I know where we’re headed and I’m glad to have been a part of the editorial side. But I also know where we can do better, and now it’s time to rise to that challenge.

For a long-term career choice, you could probably do better than blogging. The burnout rate is extraordinarily high and the workload can be staggering. But there are those of us who thrive on that kind of stress, and I’m one of them. I’m still stunned by the fact that I’ve gotten to wake up every day, find amazing companies and tell their stories. I’d do that for free, but I’m very fortunate that I’ve worked with TNW and they’ve kept me fed.

TNW has been exceptionally loyal to me since day one. This job came about, quite literally, because two weeks ago I went to Zee and told him what I’d like to eventually do with the company so that I could have a more long-term vision. In the matter of 48 hours, we were fleshing out what I truly believe is my dream job.

For those who don’t know, I got my start in radio, progressing from an AM station in 1993 to a few market leaders over the next 10 or so years. But where I’ve really fallen in love is in being a story teller. I translated that into creating unique and effective advertising while I was in radio, and that sparked my love of marketing.

In the years that have followed, no matter what my “day job” has been, I’ve always been involved in marketing in some form or another. When I look at TNW, and the resources that we have in both the blog side and our TNW Labs I’m constantly reminded of exactly how marketable we are. I think that there are roads to be traveled that haven’t even been discovered yet, much less paved. TNW is full of people who are just crazy enough to pull off the impossible. Being in the position to work with them, dreaming up ideas and working with amazing companies to bring them to fruition is like waking up as a kid on Christmas.

But it’s bittersweet. My love of startups and the entrepreneurial community makes it hard to walk away from writing about them on a daily basis. My biggest fear is that anyone would see this move as abandoning either of those groups of people. In fact, the opposite is true. By helping to make TNW even more profitable I’m working to make sure that we’re going to be around, telling those stories for years to come.

I’ll still be writing on TNW. Sometimes. I’m extraordinarily happy to see Matthew Panzarino taking over the Managing Editor role. I’m looking forward to filling in as needed, taking direction from one of the guys who has quickly stepped up to being unarguably one of the best in the business.

It’s been a far better life than I deserve, and I hope that I can be lucky enough to have that trend continue.


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