Goodbye, Slack. Hello, Guanyin Labs.

After 3.25 years, I’m leaving Slack to start Guanyin Labs, a company whose mission is to help people reach their full potential at work.

“PudgyCat” sticker designed by Michael Kappeler

I can’t tell you how hard it is to say goodbye. Slack is a place filled with talented people who care about the impact they’re making in the world. It’s the place where I met the co-authors of my first book, learned to lead with influence instead of authority, and became a Board Member of Girl Develop It.

And yet, after I created Crush Your Summer Internship to help interns maximize their experience, I knew I had embarked on the next stage of my journey. At a time when career advice abounds on the internet, there are still many people who feel as though their professional dreams are out of reach. In the age of workplace productivity software, there are few products that are dedicated to unlocking the individual potential of each employee. That’s what I want to build.

This summer, 230 people organically found their way to the Crush Your Summer Internship program; 7 companies joined the pilot. Students came from top schools like Spelman, MIT, Cal, and Harvard. Their internships were at companies like Google, Facebook, Salesforce, IBM, and many more. When I see so much interest in professional development, I know there’s a gap that’s waiting to be filled.

I can’t wait to build something even better for people who want to make the most of their careers. If you’re curious, follow @guanyinlabs on Twitter and Medium. More updates coming soon!

Me at my 2nd and 3rd Slackiversary at the 901 Mission office (left) and 500 Howard office (right).