Five years ago, I walked into Twitter’s Folsom Street office for my first day on Twitter’s product team. It was my 30th birthday. I chose to spend it at work because the opportunity to work on a product I already loved was the best gift I could have possibly received. Further, I was joining a team of fascinating humans who’d made me laugh, left me energized, and made me feel totally at home in my interviews. I had a feeling this was going to be More Than Just a Job, and I was right.
I never could have predicted just how monumental the experience would be. I couldn’t have predicted we’d build a suite of syndication products, starting with the Tweet Button, which would become a staple of the web. That we’d build an advertising business and an Ads API program at a break-neck speed that I never would have thought I had in me. That I’d get to stand on stage at places like TechCrunch Disrupt and at Twitter’s first Analyst Day to explain our products and strategy to the world. That I’d get to build teams and hire fantastically talented Product Managers, Business Development folks, and Product Marketing Managers to build and drive adoption of over a dozen Twitter products through countless launches. And that I’d get to be witness to and part of the creation of a culture for a company which has grown from under 200 people to thousands strong in my time here. It has exceeded my wildest expectations.
On a personal note, Twitter is like family to me. The thrilling chaos of a high-growth company creates bonds which are deep and meaningful. The lines between work and life get blurry. I used to say that working at Twitter was like bravely climbing into a cannon every Monday morning, flying through the air all week, and landing gleefully with a thud at our company all hands on Friday evening. Over and over again. Five years have truly flown by.
Five years is also longer than I’ve done just about anything in my life — including any other job, college, grad school, or living in any house other than my childhood home. I thrive on the unknown, tight deadlines, and the sampler platter of life. Although I don’t think my work here at Twitter could ever be “done”, the time feels right for me to take the leap into the unknown. I’m dying to see what the next chapter will entail, and how I’ll fare in putting my passion and experience to use in solving new problems, as a product leader, advisor, and investor. At Twitter more than any prior role in my career, I found my voice — the opportunity for Twitter and the importance of our work necessitated it. I’m excited to go use it in new ways. I leave with deep gratitude in my heart for the mentors, friends, managers, and teams who have shaped my past half decade. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Off I go!