In the many years I’ve worked in startup land I’ve watched other founders and CEOs hang around for far too long – hell I’ve probably even worked for a few of them – and I’ve always been pretty determined that I wouldn’t repeat the same mistake myself…so after 7 long & happy years as part of the Learning Pool senior team I’m disappearing back into the tech startup scene proper. Working in a scale-up can be great – but it isn’t for me.
In reality what this means is that I’ll continue to do some stuff for Learning Pool that I really love (strategic sales, profile building, input to long term strategy) but less of the operational day to day matters that if I’m honest with myself I don’t really enjoy. I’m going to get out of the way & give my co-founder space to build the company to the next stage with help from our very able management team.
So…what’s next for me? I’m going to return to working with (most definitely) early stage (most likely) tech startups with (most probably) quite young teams, helping out with all those things that many first time entrepreneurs find troublesome – raising finance, finding & managing investors, picking which product or version of a product to back, getting to revenue on a shoestring, determining the best market entry strategy – all the stuff I love doing.
And guess what – I CAN’T WAIT.
So how do I feel at the end of a day spent mostly on the phone breaking the news to my team and a few trusted friends and associates? Most of all I feel proud of what I’ve achieved over the past 7 years. We’ve built a robust, growing company with a fabulous community of customers, we’ve assembled a world class high performing team and we offer scaleable and useful technology at an affordable price. I also feel dizzying waves of excitement that are masking a sneaky bit of underlying sadness.
I’ll leave you today with a quote from Alexander Graham Bell “When one door closes another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
Watch this space! I hope you all have comments 🙂