Some personal news to share today. After a great tour of duty at Dropbox, I’ve decided to take the leap into something new.
Having a January birthday has always added a little weight to my New Year’s resolutions, and as it turns out, 2020 was a big one for me. 45 might not be the biggest milestone birthday, but combined with the weight of a new decade, it had me thinking deeply over the holidays. Fortunately, I was able to spend a good deal of time with friends & family, and by New Year’s Eve I felt comfortable with a simple, but important, decision.
2020 will be different. This will be the year that I go off on my own.
The hardest part of this process was telling my team at Dropbox. I feel so very fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead such an amazing group of professionals. And as proud as I am of what we accomplished in 2018 & 2019, I’m even more excited about what this team will deliver for their customers in 2020 & beyond.
For me, I’ll be spending the next few months preparing for the long road ahead founding a company. As one of the growing number of “operator-angels,” I’ll continue to advise and support the talented teams at the companies where I’ve invested over the past 8 years. Primarily, though, I’ll be spending time on a couple of specific fintech ideas that I think have the potential to be great companies.
I have spent over 20 years learning to build & design great products and great companies, but somehow never my own. As an angel investor, I’ve now helped fund and advise over fifty amazing founding teams, and have had a front row seat to their struggles and successes. It’s time to take the plunge.
And who knows? I hear 45 is the best time to start.
3 thoughts on “A New Year & A New Adventure”
Congrats Adam! I’m really excited about your next step. I know you’re a fan of frameworks. I’m wondering if there’s a framework you’ll be applying to figure out what you want to work. What will your process be to find the industry or problem you will be tackling? I’m assuming you have a family…what’s your daily success metric?
Always happy to see a Tour of Duty(TM) come to a successful resolution! Excited to hear more about what comes next.
Congratulations Adam! Can’t wait to hear more about what you’re building. I’m sure it will be great!
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