A Bias Towards Action: Joining a Startup
Friday, July 22nd, 2011
Today marks the end of an era for me, and the beginning of something big.
This is my last day at GE. These last five years (seven if you count the internships) have taught me countless lessons about business, technology, leadership, and myself. I joined the company in the Information Management Leadership Program (IMLP). I’m convinced that for someone coming out of undergrad, interested in information technology and global business, there is no better program in the world. The opportunity was truly amazing considering the scope of projects I got to lead, the exposure I had to talented senior leaders, and the connections I was able to make living and working across the globe. The caliber of people I’ve had a chance to learn from and work with made this a special part of my career, and I’ll always have the utmost respect for the company that believed in me early on. I’m sure many of these relationships will be life-long.
Some people realize exactly what they want to do for a living at a young age. What I’ve wanted to be ‘when I grow up’ has gone through an evolution over the years, and it’s certainly something I’ve given considerable thought. I believe that if you look at anyone who is performing at a truly world class level in something, they are not only skilled, but genuinely interested, curious, and/or passionate about the space they’re operating in. For me, that ’space’ is the web and web products in particular.
Ever since I realized that the role ‘product manager’ existed, and understood the responsibilities at a web company, it was imediately obvious that this is a natural fit for me considering my skills, interests, and experience. At my core, I’m a web entrepreneur and a ‘product guy’. Designing and building products and businesses is what I spend my free time on now, and I’m excited to do it full-time moving forward.
Next week, I’m moving to Madison to join a growing startup, Shoutlet Inc., as the Senior Product Manager. I couldn’t be more excited to join a team of smart, driven people, shaping products that solve a real need for companies navigating the increasingly complicated social media landscape. These are the types of problems I enjoy thinking about, talking about, and solving.
I want to especially thank those that I’ve leaned on for advice over the last few months. I’m truly lucky to have such great friends, family and mentors. I’m energized by this shift and I’ll keep you all posted.