Three years ago I made a really hard decision: to leave a company that I loved, one that had been so good to me for many years, to pursue my own path. To embrace my next challenge. It was hard, it was heart-wrenching, and it was the right thing to do. I've never looked back. And so it's somewhat ironic that I'm finding myself again faced with a difficult decision, though this one exponentially harder given the closeness and connection not only with the brand, but moreso the people, that I've been working with for the last two+ years. It's never easy to leave the best job you've ever had.
And working at Digg has been the best professional experience I have ever had, barring none. I'm sure it sounds trite…you read 'farewell' letters like this all the time, where someone waxes poetic about the people they've worked with, the experiences they've had, 'learning opportunity' blahblahblah. And I hate nothing more than potentially being cliched, so take what I say as true:
I have never worked with smarter, more driven, more talented people than I have at my time here at Digg. I have never found such support in management and peers, known inherently that someone will always have my back, and that someone will always be there to help out when needed. I have never had a role that was more of a perfect fit for my pursuits and desires, allowed me to grow in both skill and maturity, and meet some of the most amazing people in the world along the way. I have never had so much fun. There are days where I'm sitting next to some of my closest friends, trying to solve one problem or another, tears streaming down my face from laughing so hard and think "They PAY me for this?"
So you see my reticence in saying farewell…it's been a very tough, very personal, very difficult decision, but as with the one I made nearly three years ago, I also feel that it is the right one. As hard is it is to leave behind the friends I've made here, I'm also excited about my next opportunity. You see, I'm returning to work with friends once again in my new role at Aol. Many from my old team at Google are now there, working to help redefine a legacy brand facing many challenges before it. Google's former head of sales – Tim Armstrong, a long-time mentor and former colleague of mine – is leading the charge as their CEO. And in another turn of good luck, I'll be working alongside a few former coworkers from Digg as well. In short: it was an opportunity that I couldn't refuse, and also one that I wanted to embrace.
My last day at Digg is April 16th; I'll be taking a few weeks off to recharge and get ready for what is sure to be a fun, crazy, and exciting ride ahead. I am so grateful to the people I've been able to work with over the past two+ years both here at Digg as well as with my friends at Revision3, and will genuinely miss working alongside them all every day.
And so I echo what I said three years ago, this is not a goodbye; instead, merely a farewell for now. I know our paths will cross again soon, and I'm looking forward to it. See you around…that's a promise.