We recently found out that my wife is pregnant with our second child. With that comes a fair amount of introspection, thinking about the future and what is to come. For me, this sense of adventure, this sense of wonder, was coupled with an opportunity.
That sense of adventure and that opportunity to pursue it are leading me to a new opportunity. Starting in a couple of days, I will be joining a scrappy PR agency called Voxus where I will get to work with a growing client base that is focused on emerging technologies, service providers and consumer companies. I get to work with startups again and this makes me happy. I get to help shape some amazing stories. (and, as with our first child, there’s precedent too)
I’m going to miss the friends I have made over the last 3.5 years at Waggener Edstrom. I have had some amazing opportunities to do amazing work with amazing people. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end.
I mentioned amazing experiences and opportunities. I’ve helped bring Windows 8 to the world, I’ve helped bring Microsoft Surface to the world. I’ve been a part of countless brainstorms, strategy sessions and other activities that help set the course for one of the biggest companies in the world. These experiences are what I keep this in mind whenever I had a frustrating experience or was asked to pull coverage at 4pm on a Friday or refresh that briefing doc for the 12th time. This is the best job in the world, hands down. We get to tell stories and create. We get paid to create amazing that makes people happy, elicits emotions and rewards the junior software engineer coding away on the next version of Dynamics or Office or a new database schema with their moment in the headlines.
I am thankful for the laughs, deep sighs and countless swear words exclaimed. I am thankful for the happy hours, the events, the times looking for pizza in Austin at 1am. I am thankful for the lessons and the support for me and my family. And with that, I am going to work with a small and scrappy agency that helps small and scrappy clients tell big stories. I’ll still be doing digital work (which means too much time on Twitter) and even sharing learnings and some best practices from time to time.
Away we go on a new adventure. And, if you’ve ever wanted to work with me, now’s the time. Let’s go tell some amazing stories!