A few months ago, Jon and I left SlideShare / LinkedIn, while Amit left more recently.
The time had come to move on – SlideShare was thriving within LinkedIn and I knew that it could continue to thrive without me.
As a founder, the thing I wanted the most was to build something that lasted. Six month after my leaving, SlideShare continues to do well within LinkedIn. And I am confident that will continue to be the case.
I am proud of the team we built – and how it continues to go from strength to strength from a product / growth perspective, while adapting within LinkedIn.
I enjoyed my time at LinkedIn, after the acquisition. Unlike many founders who face a very turbulent time after acquisition – I made good friends and learnt a lot about how bigger companies work. I especially enjoyed working with Deep and Jeff. I learnt a lot about product management from Deep and its a pleasure to watch a leader like Jeff in action – he is a remarkable leader, much loved at LinkedIn.
But at the end of the day I am a startup person. Also, I was feeling the itch to do something new (after taking a break).
What next? Right now, I don’t know and I am in no rush to know. We never took a real vacation during the 8 years of SlideShare and I am enjoying time with my twin boys. I had not realized how much I needed a break, and how much I had been postponing everything else. I have been meaning to write this post since the day I left, but kept getting busy with other things.
I am dabbling in a project or two and have made a couple of investments. I am also enjoying being an observer of the technology world from somehow of a distance. You learn a lot, away from the hype, just watching people around you, what technology they use and what they don’t.. Expect to see some blog posts soon!