My next adventure … destination unknown
I have a personal update to share: After much thought, I’ve decided to step down from my full-time role at Stripe. I’m looking forward to helping out from time to time as an advisor, and being part of the extended Stripe family.
I love building new things — products, human experiences, teams, markets, industries — and I’ve had the extraordinary opportunity to do exactly that at Stripe. I’m extremely proud of everything our team and company have accomplished since I joined in 2013. It has been a great honor to have worked with such a smart group of people, and to have been part of the journey of a startup that has grown at least 10x in nearly every way during that time.
I owe special thanks to Billy Alvarado, John Collison, Claire Hughes Johnson, and Patrick Collison for allowing me the opportunity to learn from them. I definitely believe that Stripe is still at the beginning of a phenomenal trajectory of growing the GDP of the Internet, and I’m eagerly looking forward to what the team next brings to the world. Stripe’s mission of making entrepreneurship accessible to everyone, everywhere, along with their track record of building wonderful, high quality products means that I’ll be a happy long term customer as well.
Personally, I’m excited to have some space to synthesize everything I’ve learned and experienced in the last ~4–5 years. It’s been an incredibly intense, rewarding, and exciting period that has seen many changes in my life: I moved countries 3 times (US > France > Australia), I had two children, my mother passed away, and I’ve also been caring for my ill father who lives in a different country.
Moving countries is a challenge even in the best of times, and I can see how each of these events has compelled me to examine closely held assumptions and beliefs — even those I previously believed to be first principles.
I can sense how much I’ve changed — since the pace of change has been extraordinary — and I’m excited to have the space to discover who I’ve become.
When I look back upon my life thus far, I can see some clear patterns that have driven me and how I’ve chosen to focus my attention: a drive to constantly learn, and a yearning to get closer to an understanding of the question: what does it mean to be human?
Along with some reflection on the recent election(s) and where we are as a society, I’m revisiting this fundamental question with even more urgency in the next phase of my life. I’m particularly interested in figuring out how to make as big a positive impact as I can in the areas of education, health care, human rights, and foster youth.
In the near term, I am taking on more leadership and board positions, and I look forward to being of continued service to my communities. In the long term, I look forward to dedicating myself with renewed vigor to the most critical issues facing humanity in our lifetime.