- An ad agency where I could support all of the West region (with some kick-ass leadership and growing like crazy)
- A mobile app startup doing amazing, disruptive things in the industry, young & small but growing...fast...
- And a national position at an ad-tech startup that's almost a grown up, but needs that extra push to get them there.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Well, it's been awhile, and a lot has happened in the past months.
I was laid off from my job.
Went on at least 50 job interviews.
Got offers. Turned down offers. Got turned down w/o offers.
Had my ego and self-esteem take a few kicks.
And finally landed on what could quite possibly be a dream opportunity.
Time to put my money where my mouth is so-to-speak and leave the comfy confines of the advertising agency world behind...onward to a tech startup (well, it's an ad-tech startup...baby steps!) I've been preaching my entire career about doing what you're passionate about - and it's clear to all that I'm passionate about the startup world. Luckily, my first foray is at a pretty established startup (already had C-series funding) and rests right on the border of advertising and technology (both what I know and what I love)
Oh, and I may have failed to mention...it's based in NEW YORK! Yup - I'm doing what I never thought I'd do...leaving the Bay Area. Let's see what NY has up her sleeve for me.
The decision-making process was brutal. And once I got out of the "take a job because I need a job" mode and really settled back into a place of power ("take a job because I want THIS job"), I found that the options were all pretty amazing and seemingly perfect for me.
I had offers from:
The first was my comfort zone. The second where I thought I wanted to be. The third, well, at the end of the day, turned out to be the perfect marriage of size, industry, and growth.
So, away I go! But don't worry my love, Bay Area, I also support the Palo Alto office and will be back often. You know I can't stay away long.
And to my new home: be gentle. I am open to loving you if you treat me with kindness. Surprise me everyday. Reveal hidden beauties about yourself to me. Introduce me to great people. Let me experience great success professionally and personally. And keep me safe.
"New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do...
New York, these streets will make you feel brand new, street lights will inspire you..."