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Just like that, the summer of 2008 has come to an end here in the U.S. (though gratefully, San Francisco is only going to get warmer over the next 60 days.) Summer is the one time when the business community, that of Silicon Valley in particular, pauses a bit to refresh and recharge.
No such break for us – we have been toiling away, working hard to put together Mobilize, our next-generation mobile conference. (Get your tickets here.) One person that’s been in the trenches throughout is Paul Walborsky, who joined the company a little over a year ago as chief operating officer.
Today it gives me great pleasure to announce that Paul has been promoted to chief executive officer. As CEO, he will lead us through our next phase, in which we will go from being a small network of niche blogs to being a new media company with much bigger horizons.
Bringing on board Paul — a veteran of Wall Street, a founder of (two) startups and most importantly, a trusted friend — was perhaps the single most important decision I’ve ever made in terms of shaping the future of our company.
While the first two years have been devoted to laying the groundwork befitting our future, the next few years are going to be about executing our game plan. And Paul over the past 12 months has proved that he can execute.
Since he signed on, we have doubled our revenues, more than doubled the number of monthly visitors to our network and hosted two sold-out conferences (NewTeeVee Live and Structure 08). And we acquired jkOnTheRun, our first, but not our last, acquisition.
We are looking to grow even more, not only organically, but also through acquisitions and content partnerships. Given the scope of my ambitions, we are only going to get bigger.
Paul has all the right skills to lead us into the future. His ability to focus, motivate and inspire — all while paying close attention to the bottom line — make him an exemplary leader, while his easy smile and ability to stay positive in times of adversity make him a great co-worker. And like me, Paul uses pop culture references to make his points. Like this little video from Any Given Sunday:
As for me, I’m not going anywhere –- my title is simply changing to that of Founder/Chairman. I am going to focus on the areas where my skills add the most value to our company, such as content and the strategic use of technology to build better a editorial experience. I will outline those plans in a separate post later this week, but today is all about Paul. Please join me in congratulating him!