This is it. Yesterday I announced to my boss & company at large that I am leaving. I received an offer to join a venture backed start-up as the member of the executive team. This is both exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. This is clearly the next step in my career: I will be reporting to the CEO, directly interact with the company's Board of Directors and be responsible for making some million Dollar decisions. This is something that I have worked towards for years, and even though I feel ready and even anxious to get started, I must admit that I am feeling some butterflies in the pit of my stomach.
One of my (soon to be former) colleagues told me today that I am like a rocket poised on the launch pad, with the countdown approaching zero hour. My career is either about to launch into the stratosphere, or I am about to crash and burn big time. I prefer to think about it a different way. If I am as good as I think I am this is my chance to permanently transform myself into a senior high-tech executive. If I am not as good as I think I am, I am about to find that out the hard way... talk about a high stakes game.
Well, here's what I say: BRING IT ON!
In the coming days I will write a couple of posts detailing my various considerations in taking the new job, explaining how I got the offer in the first place, and just as importantly my strategy for leaving my current post while maintain my good reputation and valuable contacts.
Even though I gave notice, my current company will be making the most of my remaining weeks on staff. Early Sunday morning (yeah, Sunday) I am off on a six day business trip to visit some customers in the Caribbean and the East Coast. I don't think I will be getting much rest before I start my next gig.
Finally, last week I submitted my cross over point calculator to the Carnival of Personal Finance. I now realize that my article was posted using an incorrect URL. Oh well.