Weird thought… or is it? I am actually kind of used to my current situation.
Around June 4th, when it all started, so MANY thing were going on, mostly work related and going well and about to change. Lets sum it up in three parts
I was finishing up my time at RapidSugar, a great company where I had great times, with great people and was able to learn and do a lot. And after 4 years of working there I just started my own company…
One of the last big projects I did at RapidSugar with Sander van der Blonk and other people was to help develop the e-strategy for a very big retail firm here in Holland. A good combination of innovation, change management, smart project & account management, all in the field of modern marketing with modern tools. Combined with a very good relationship with their management. It was great fun and I was truly sorry to leave that project. Yet I know that the people whom are on the project now, internal and external, will do a good job.
On Leaving a Small Company
Leaving RapidSugar was weird. I never left a company on my own initiative. I thought it was just a process that you can manage. But no, I was wrong. Especially in a small company I learned it is important to leave as soon as practically possible. In good terms of course. It is just important not to stay to long. I learned it is like a relationship. If you have a new partner you should move out of the house where you live with the old one. Cause it is just complicated and confusing.
SPRXMobile is the company I started with Claire Boonstra, Rhymo van der Klein and Yuri van Geest. We help companies make the step into the world of mobile. By sharing and creating knowledge and ideas though workshops, events and expeditions. And by developing concepts.
We launched on May 9th and we were finally able to announce two new major clients on the 3rd of June: Rabobank and Vodafone. Which made the week of the 4th even more exciting. And the next week I was finally able to join full time after almost two months of two jobs..
The one year anniversary of Mobile Monday Amsterdam
And last but not least: on June 3rd a Mobile Monday Amsterdam event was planned. MoMo in short. MoMo is an event we organize every two months. One of my roles is presentation of the event. Key for the events is the community that has grown around it and the inspiring and often international keynote speakers we keep on managing to arrange. So inspirational to do and so rewarding.
This Mobile Monday was a high point. It was sold out and our one year anniversary. All invited speakers said yes including the headliner Doc Searls. The Sunday before we had a speaker bbq at our house which was great great. A lot of work but perfect to get the mood right for a good event. And it proved its worth. Everything went well during the event and from the beginning there was an amazing vibe. MoMo Nr 6 had one of the best ratings ever. Here is a video of me opening the event.
Another good thing about this MoMo was that I was able to get to know Doc Searls better. We hung out on Tuesday after MoMo and had great dinner that night together with Claire. It was great and inspiring to exchange stories, ideas and what ever else that was on our mind.
And the next day I went to the doctor for a cough ….
Ok, so it is weird.
All the people around me and all the things that have happened in running up to the journey I am on now have helped me immensely. Lori of course being the hero!
I am not ready for conclusions of lessons yet. I can just experience now. What I can tell you that it is doable. I’ll get through it and will strive to become better from it for myself and the people around me.