I told my closest friends who follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Plurk, Pownce, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Identi.ca, FriendFeed, Jaiku, WordPress.com, and a few other places about this yesterday ( *smile* ), but I wanted to take a moment to blog about how pleased I am to be working with the Crowd Fusion team.
Leaving a great project, great friends, and a great team of people like those I was working with at Mahalo was a tough decision for both Kristin and myself, but ultimately we decided that we needed to return home to New York. Although I miss my Mahalo people, Kristin are I are much happier in New York than we were in LA, and I’m glad to see that Mahalo continues to do great things.
Needless to say, I was overjoyed to leave one great team and find another (very familiar) team of great people whom I’d already been blessed to work with in the past. Joining the Crowd Fusion team really makes my return to New York feel like a full-fledged homecoming.
Judith Meskill was the first person from Weblogs, Inc. who I talked to on the phone back in 2005 when she, Barb, and Jason began wooing me about blogging for TUAW, and she’s been a great friend, colleague, and mentor over the years. I’ve modeled much of the way I work and interact with people after the way she does.
Brian Alvey, besides being co-creator of Weblogs, Inc., a great businessman, and CEO of Crowd Fusion, is one of the funniest guys I know and I’m happy to be getting to hear all his funny quips again on a regular basis.
Steve Friedman, CMO of Crowd Fusion, is just an all around great guy who I’ve enjoyed working with in the past during my time with Weblogs, Inc and AOL. I’m happy to find myself working much more closely with him than I had in the past and talking to him on a regular basis.
I knew that Craig Wood was a great developer capable of producing great things, having worked with him previously at Netscape (now become Propeller), but since starting to work with Crowd Fusion, I’ve been amazed by the platform he’s building as Crowd Fusion’s CTO. We’ve got some very cool things to show you in the not-too-distant future, so stay tuned.
I’m also happy to be working with tech geek gurus like Barb Dybwad again and my good friend Randall Bennett, who was one of the original team of Anchors working for me and Jason at Netscape, an amazing contributor to Engadget, former producer of the Engadget podcast, and former lead blogger at DV Guru, as well as more recent work as the former producer of Loaded at CNET TV. Randall has been working very hard on something very cool that I’m looking forward to sharing with you all soon. Stay tuned.
ps—The picture of Thatcher attached to this post has nothing whatsoever to do with the post itself, but I thought I’d include it so that it would melt all your hearts. ;-)