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My first week as CEO of &yet

July 04, 2019

Last week was my first week as CEO of &yet. (Adam wrote a post about it, if you havent heard yet.)

It was a pretty natural transition, but still I have so many feelings about it—excited about new possibility, nervous about the responsibility, grateful for our supportive team, determined to see us get some short- and long-term wins, curious about all I’ve got to learn. I could write a book about all the feelings.

Instead, I’m going to start writing letters. To our team, to you, to people who subscribe to my personal newsletter. I want to talk openly about some of the challenges we face in being a remote, internet-based, people-first company, because I bet they’re challenges a lot of us have in common. (In fact, I know they are; I’ve talked to a dozen tech company leaders in the past month as research for Gather the People. None of us are alone, no matter what hard thing we’re working through.)

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I’m a student and teacher of people-first growth. Having spent the major part of the last two decades building weird businesses that tried to be good for humans, I'm now working privately on a few experimental projects and cultivating this little digital space of mine.

If you're new here, I'm working on my second book, People-First Growth (slowly, slowly said the sloth), and I’m sharing what I learn in my newsletter. If you geek out on digital gardening, I share mine publicly on Roam. You can say hi on Twitter or by email.

You can also read my first book, Gather the People, originally released in 2015 and updated in 2020 (what a year for a book release). It's a human approach to marketing for people who would rather make what they love than persuade people to buy it. If that's you, I hope it helps.