My story about mentorship and my career

What happened next was a punch in the gut.

While I stood in the MGM Grand parking lot in Vegas I got a phone call as I was leaving for the last day. On the other end of the line was somebody telling me they were the owners of the ISP my mentor had started (Jim had got additional investors a few years back to create a large rural wireless network, it’s really cool what you can do with really flat country and really tall grain elevators), but it wasn’t good news. He was calling because Jim had cancer and had little time to live. They knew they needed to transition the technical knowledge Jim had to their team but wasn’t sure how to do that, when they asked him who he trusted to do this, he said he trusted me. We had not talked for probably 7–8 years at that point but it didn’t matter he said that I would know how he did things and how to take care of things when he was gone. They became our first customer. That revenue was one of the only reasons we survived those early months as a business. That company sold and in it’s ashes it because ^lift, where I work today.

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Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

VP of Security at npm. Previously founded @liftsecurity, Founder @nodesecurity acquired by npm, inc