(Originally posted on beltzner.tumblr.com – I’ll move the RSS links over later, as I think I’ll be using that more than this WordPress from now on …)
I’m really excited about Monday.
A little more than I year ago I took a big jump, leaving my role as Director of Firefox at Mozilla in order to work in a totally different field. Sadly, it was an experience that was cut short when it became clear that to be effective I’d need to relocate to Perth, West Australia. A gorgeous part of the world, but a little bit far from my family.
I’ve no regrets. The past year has taught me an awful about myself, and about what I want and what I need to do. For example, I know that I’m most passionate when working on products that help people interact with each other in new ways. I also know that I’m always going to be most interested in working on Internet-based products, and that I’ll always be a passionate and involved member of the Mozilla community.
Don’t worry: I hadn’t heard about them before, either. They’ve been a quiet success story despite explosive user growth and incredible investor interest. Wattpad is pretty simple idea with huge implications: people like sharing stories, and people like reading stories, so Wattpad provides a place where a community can congregate around those core activities. There are no kingmakers for content, there are no barriers to entry, and there is no limit to the size of audience that an author can reach.
What does exist, though, is an opportunity for writers and readers to truly connect and collaborate; to share their love of story. Since Wattpad is “of the web,” there’s also no borders; a global community sharing ideas and emotions, using whatever device they’d like (computers, feature phones, smartphones, tablets) to interact with the content. The mission is clear: change the way that people discover and interact with stories, and make it easier to connect readers and writers together.
My new friend and CEO Allen Lau has impressed me with his vision for Wattpad, and the team he and co-founder Ivan Yuen have put together is fantastic. Once again I’m finding myself in a mission and community oriented company as we develop a killer product that will reshape the way people interact with each other. There is a lot of work to do, and an incredibly broad range of interesting ideas and product opportunities to look into, and I am just so eager to get started.
My first day will be Monday, and yeah, I’m really looking forward to it.
(Did I mention we’re growing? If you’re at all interested in joining me, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!)