During my time at Applause and Google, I had a few job offers from other companies in the Silicon Valley. However, I wasn’t looking for a new role or company. Those companies reached out to me and made offers. Some were harder than others to decline but in the end, It was more important to me to be able to take my startup up to completion and be a part of the successful exit of something that I had spent years helping to build.
Applause did have a successful exit. It was acquired by a very large private equity firm named Vista Equity Partners. After that process was complete, I took that as an opportunity for change. So I joined a new startup in the Silicon Valley. This is the fourth startup in the Silicon Valley that I have contributed to.
I’m just wrapping up my first month at the new startup. There’s always a mix of emotions when starting at a new company. The best way I can describe it is that it kind of feels like being a kid in elementary school again and starting a new school year.
Where will you sit? Will you get along with everyone? Feelings of excitement, nervousness, and that tiny voice in the back of your mind reminding you that you left the comfort and safety of your previous company to venture out into the unknown of a new company. Because as we all know, work is not simply just work. There are so many other factors that can play a role.
After getting settled in and finishing up my first month, I am happy to say that I made the right decision. The people I work with at SendBird are intelligent, humble, helpful, and hardworking. The work ethic of our CEO is admirable and his transparency is amazingly refreshing.
The energy inside the company is exciting, dynamic, and fast paced. I’m ramping up to learn about the company and our product, while simultaneously identifying the areas where I can contribute most. Overall, I’m happy I made the decision to join this company. Mainly because of the people here. As we all know, the people make the company.
The only downside for me is that I’m commuting from the SouthBay (the heart of Silicon Valley) into the Peninsula (near San Francisco). In my opinion, the commute is a small price to pay in order to be a part of building something together with such an awesome team. But as a result of this, I have much less free time now while I ramp myself up on the new company. To remedy that, I am considering to post my blogs monthly instead of weekly.
Creating meaningful blog posts for my readers takes quite a bit of time and effort. It’s never something that I rush or just “phone in” so to speak. I put a lot of effort into choosing the topic and then opening myself up enough to let the words flow onto paper.