I'm really excited to announce that I'll be starting a new position as Marketing Technologist at Sailthru in a few weeks. This is a great opportunity to work with a rapidly growing startup doing some really cool things in the email space. I'll be staying located in Fresno, CA and will be making great use of The Hashtag as office space, but it's going to involve some regular travel back and forward to New York too.
So what will I be doing? I'm going to be working closely with the business development, product development and marketing teams to look for new opportunities in the industry and explore new ways in which Sailthru can continue to innovate. The idea is that my day job is to be a catalyst for new ideas and a bridge between marketing and technology. Yes you read that right…basically it's my dream job.
I've always been happiest in a role that sits somewhere between tech and marketing and that's where my strengths lie. I'm really grateful for the opportunity that I've been given. I won't deny it's tinged with a little sadness. I've had the pleasure of working with a great bunch of people at FPU. My bosses have been amazing and have always encouraged me to explore new opportunities and I thank them for that. The team is amazing, we've laughed…a LOT. We've cried (well most people have, I've yet to do that and so I've been denied access to the inner circle). I'm going to miss every single one of them and everything they've done to enrich my life over the last few years.
But it's time for a change - It's going to be awesome! Wish me luck.
As I wrote this I started thinking of some fond memories. There's too many to list but luckily some of them have been caught on camera. These are just a couple of the silly ones. There were many, many more pranks played over the years and we managed to get a lot of work done too.
Facebook deleted our mascot's profile in 2009 as it wasn't a real person. The response over lunchtime was to create a website and pretend he was kidnapped. A very trusting Lisa Alvey dressed up in the mascot outfit and let me tape her to the chair.
She got me back a few years later when she had an idea for an Angry Birds inspired promo for the FPU v Grizzlies game. After being thrown in the air by two strapping baseball players and landing on my face. All I could see as I painfully peered out of the beak was Lisa bent over double laughing at my agony.
Bonnie Smith is famed for her love of the Christmas season. In 2010, tired by the constant thieving of decorations I received a punishment for stealing the countdown to the 100 day countdown. For our party I was required to wear a santa hat, some shoes or sing a christmas carol at the countdown party. Somehow I thought by going a little over the top and dressing as santa this would negate the punishment! Yeah, not so much. That poor child…I was the first Santa she ever saw. Also to be noted just because your boss is on the short side it's not always a good idea to suggest that she could be one of santa's elves.
We also enjoyed a little competitive spirit, so not to be outdone by Bonnie's enthusiam for decorating. We have been know to cover the entire office in christmas wrapping paper, the only reason being so we could say 'We won"
When you see a barrel in a hallway it's good to know you can count on your team to step up to plan suprise attacks. The planning it took to get Laura Brickey to walk past this barrel at the right time was nothing short of amazing. There were more victims including poor Niki 'Banks…dangit' DelaBarre who graciously forgave and (never) forgot.
There are soooo many many more good memories caused by the phrase "I bet you can't" and "I double dog dare you". The annual giant paper plane contest, the challenges. The team retreats with summer olympics and inner tube riding…I still cherish being the only person not to be thrown off the inner tube at bass lake by Laura Brickey. Which reminds me of yesterday morning's arrival at the office.
It's not every morning you get to the office and find a 6' blonde in knee high leather boots standing on your desk (cc @laurakbrickey)— Nick Gundry (@nickgundry) October 10, 2011
I'm pretty sure that's never going to happen again. It's been a really fun job and for every memory listed above there are hundreds more. The people at FPU are special, that's something that will stay with me forever.