Furrier Forward October 17, 2007Posted by John in Technology.
When I formed PodTech in 2005 I saw some amazing possibilities that the Internet offered as a technology and media platform. It was exciting. It still is.
Now two years later I’m even more excited by the possibilities available for entrepreneurs and the increased flow of new online advertising dollars in the area. The changes and opportunities are plentiful. I remain passionate and motivated by the growing Internet market. It has been a ton of fun creating media and social technology that is now part of the new media and iPod generation and revolution. It’s been a blast.
However, this past summer was interesting, sad, and dynamic for me. It has best been very challenging. Late June my Mom passed away after a long bout with Alzheimer’s. Then in early August the PodTech board chose to go in a new direction, and chose to remove me as the CEO. Now as of this week I am no longer an employee of PodTech. As the largest common shareholder in PodTech stock I will remain on the PodTech board. As such I am still committed to the future success of this organization and platform. I wish PodTech the best of success.
Now that I am no longer the CEO and an employee of PodTech, the company is obviously not my absolute focus. I’m looking forward to some very good opportunities that I see on the global and evolving Internet. There are many new areas developing in ‘modern web’ technologies such as collaboration, communications, social application development, new media, and emerging online advertising 2.0 solutions. Going forward I will pursue them.
In the meantime I’ll get back to podcasting and start blogging. I’ll spend time building Facebook social software applications and collaborating with my other entrepreneur friends and innovative companies that are pushing hard in the area that I will be pursuing. The current market is ideal for entrepreneurs to build big companies with very little capital. In particular the ability to see and arbitrage the uncertainty in today’s global Internet particularly social networking, new media, infrastructure, and advertising.
Silicon Valley was built on the backbone of fostering ideas, new technologies, creating ventures, failing, learning, succeeding, and making money. I’m looking forward to my next venture. If anyone is interested in lessons learned from PodTech just drop me an email. That is a story for another day.
On a personal note, I can’t help but look back over the past few years and be thankful for all the new relationships that I developed both within and outside PodTech that I will carry forward in my life. Thanks.
Finally, I am truely blessed to have a fantastic and supportive family – my wife Linda and my children Alec, Jacqueline, Caroline, and Tyler.
It is time to start back up. It’s exciting.