I recently left Automattic and IntenseDebate. It has been a wild ride, but alas all good things must come to an end.
As many of you reading this know, IntenseDebate has been a big focus of my life for nearly 4 years now. It started as a somewhat random side project to kill some time while I was in grad school (with two guys I met on the internet … seriously), but outgrew even my wildest expectations for it. There have been a lot of changes over the years in the team, the product, and even the company structure, but in the end I’m happy with where things ended up. I owe a big part of that success to David and Brad (and more generally TechStars as a whole). It was our entry into TechStars that really launched this project beyond a hobby and into a company. I also want to thank the one other person who rode the entire ride with me, my co-founder Isaac. And lastly, a big thanks to Toni & Matt at Automattic for the opportunities they gave us after they acquired IntenseDebate.
I’ve had a lot of ups and downs throughout the company, and had the opportunity to learn a lot. IntenseDebate will live on without me and continue to grow and improve the commenting experience on sites across the web. It was exciting to be a part of and I wish the guys keeping her going the best of luck.
So what’s next for me? That’s a good question. I’ll be sure to let you know when I do. Although goodbye’s are always sad, there is also an excitement in starting anew. I look forward to the craziness that the next project will bring and can’t wait to get my hands dirty on something new.
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