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Goodbye Boulder. Hello Mountain View.

Just over 4 years ago, I moved from South Carolina to Boulder, Colorado. I instantly fell in love with this town. Boulder is a perfect playground for adults. Boulder has 300 days of sunshine with amazing skiing in the winter and great mountain biking in the summer. Boulder is a place that fosters smart people who care about balancing work with fun. Boulder has an incredibly high concentration of computer geeks and I’ve felt at home from the first moment I arrived. I’ve never been a part of a more supportive community. I’ve made hundreds of friendships here, many of which I know will last for the rest of my life.

Boulder has been an amazing place to live, but the time has come for me to move on. On July 1st I will be packing up my things and driving a U-Haul out to Mountain View, California.

A couple months ago I realized I had a tough decision to make. Where did I want to build my company? Of course, there are pros and cons to building a company in any location. The easy decision was just to stay in Boulder. (Did I mention, I love this town?) But as you know, the easy decision isn’t always the right one. In our case, moving to the Valley just makes more sense. Many of the engineers we want to hire are currently working and living in the Valley. Many of our customers and potential partners are there too. We still have a small team and still have the flexibility to make the transition. Jon and I are doubling-down on our commitment to Torbit and believe this is the best decision for our company. Boulder is still an amazing place to build a business and I’ll fight anyone who dares to suggest otherwise. It’s just time for a change.

Since the first time I heard about Silicon Valley I had a feeling I would eventually live there. I’m not sure how long I will stay, but I know it’s the right place for me to be right now. I plan to work in the tech industry for the rest of my life and moving to the Valley gives me a chance to build relationships with some of the most influential people in my industry. I’m young and don’t have much tying me down so I figure this is as good a time as any to make the move.

Boulder is amazing and I’m sad to be leaving it behind. I’m incredibly thankful for all the friends I’ve made during my time here. And don’t worry, I’ll still be around. As Micah said, “I’m not leaving Boulder, I’m just not going to live here anymore.” Most of my friends are in Boulder and it’s a cheap flight back. I also hope you’ll stop by if you’re ever in town. I’m getting a two bedroom apartment just so I can have an extra bed for any friends who want it.

Leaving Boulder is bittersweet. I’m sad to be leaving, but also incredibly excited to see what’s next.


Boulder will be less without you

Today I learned that two of my favorite people in Boulder are leaving this town.

Matt Galligan is a good friend. We went through TechStars together and have been friends ever since. Matt has decided to double down on SimpleGEO and sadly that means moving to San Francisco so their exec team can all be together in one place. Matt is an incredibly smart guy who has an impeccable talent for sniffing out new opportunities before the rest of us do. It’s been fun watching Matt take the lessons he learned from Socialthing and apply them to SimpleGEO.  He’s a great networker and someone I am continually learning from and look up to.

Andrew Hyde is another guy I respect a lot. Between Startup Weekend, Ignite and his work with TechStars, few people have done so much for the tech community in Boulder as Andrew. He’s given his time freely over and over again and I know there are countless startups in Boulder that are forever indebted to him for his help. When Rob and I shut down EventVue, Andrew was the one guy who took us out to the nicest restaurant in town for a ‘non-acquisition dinner’. I won’t forget that.  But that’s just the kind of guy Andrew is.   Andrew has decided to go travel the world and I couldn’t be happier for him.

Matt and Andrew, I couldn’t be more excited for you but know that Boulder will be less without you. I’m honored to be your friends. I just wanted to take a minute to say publicly that I’m going to miss you guys and remind you that you better get your butts back here soon.

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