I’m leaving Technically Philly. Here’s why (and what’s next).
The reason: we’ve had great success running Technically Media as a tribunal, equally dividing roles and responsibilities between the co-founders: Brian James Kirk, Chris Wink and myself. As our business grew and diversified I had a growing opinion that we needed more leadership by having less leaders. It was time for me to lead, follow, or get out of the way.
I want to make perfectly clear that this is not because of any specific event that’s happened in the past few months. Chris and Brian are like brothers to me, I’m tremendously proud of what we’ve done and I hope to work with them again some day. Instead this choice was deeply personal, a choice to try something new and embrace change.
I’ll still maintain a stake in the company and will be involved in long-term strategic planning, but the company will be in the very capable hands of Brian James Kirk and Christopher Wink.
This is usually the part of these “changing jobs” posts when the writer mentions what’s next. The honest answer is “I don’t know.” I will be traveling for a few weeks in June and July, but I’m mostly interested in taking this time in-between projects to recharge my batteries. I’m not looking to hide-out on a farm somewhere, I’m still very much fascinated by media, editorial/content strategy, entrepreneurship, online content, and journalism. I still see a tremendous opportunity in all of these things.
If anyone has ideas on something you’d like to work on together or would like to explore new ideas, please reach out. My calendar this Summer is wide open. In the meantime, I’ll be busy helping plan Philly Tech Week, speaking at SXSW and attending the 99 percent conference in May.
And to anyone that ever emailed me a story about how Technically Philly has helped them or came out to one of our events or purchased our consulting services: Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.