I have been a little remiss with the Blog posts. I know.
Vacations make me a little cerebral and I like that. Except for a brief barrage of suggestions from my lead investor, it was a time of quiet, withdraw, and reflection. (Note: if your lead investor is Jewish, Christmas is a work day)
I have talked before that when I was in the CTO role at Raindance I would get all over Paul's (the CEO) case about taking off on vacation for two weeks and totally unplugging. At the time I thought that to be – irresponsible - in some way. Its different being the CEO, I was wrong. I really need the time away from the all consuming business. I know, reading this doesn't get you there, but believe me it's different.
A good friend of mine had his company downsize recently and not realize the ultimate dream he had for it. As a result he moved on to another great opportunity. This time he is the CFO. During the process of moving on he asked me, what do you think of moving from CEO to CFO? My response? If it's like being the CTO, then it's 50% of work for 80% of the money. I don't know if that assessment will hold the test of time with me, but it 'feels' correct at this point.
I started Lijit a little under three years ago and while it feels like a full three years, it's not the marathon that Raindance was. It feels more like a long sprint. Raindance was a test of will, like being locked in a cell for 8 years with finger puppets to entertain you. (Ok, maybe not that bad but it made me laugh).
Another friend of mine told me, quite a while ago, find other CEO's to talk and learn from. I think that was sage advice. The old saying is that it's lonely at the top. It's not in my character to think of myself at the top, but it's without a doubt 'different' at the top.
I'm looking forward to 2009. It's what I have been waiting for.