Last month was my last at GroupMe. After 3 years, I’m moving on.
Those 3 years have passed by quickly. When I first met Jared and Steve in January 2011, I could tell right away that GroupMe was something special. In fact, the opportunity they were pursuing - helping you stay in touch with the important people in your life - was the same mission that Andy and I had been focused on for over 2 years with Sensobi.
At Sensobi we were building a smarter address book for your phone. But GroupMe had a much more powerful vision: a brand new way to communicate. Our idea was good; theirs was great. And after 2 years building Sensobi with limited traction - several hundred thousand users - Andy and I saw that what we were building wasn’t growing nearly fast enough.
So when Jared and Steve offered to acquire us, we saw a new opportunity: keep pursuing our mission while helping this awesome team build a rocketship. We officially became part of GroupMe in April 2011.
3 years and one, two, three acquisitions later, I feel genuinely lucky to have been a part of this team. We helped pioneer group messaging and brought it to millions of people, who now send billions of messages to their friends, family, and coworkers. And we had fun doing it.
But now it’s time to move on.
To everyone I worked with at GroupMe, some of whom have already left: it has been a real pleasure working with you these past few years. Hopefully our paths will cross again soon.
To Andy Cheung, my cofounder and coworker for over 5 years, close friend for 18 years, fellow Jersey native, and the Harold to my Kumar: Stay on target. Stay on target.
And now, I’m diving back into the startup river currents with something new, something I am really excited about.
What’s next? Not ready to announce anything at the moment, but: it’s mobile, it’s big, and it’s with some of the smartest people I know.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.