It’s been said that we’ll have about five to seven careers in our lifetime, which seemed crazy to me when I first heard it.
However, in my 31 years to date, I’ve worked a couple of retail jobs, was a barista, worked as a communications director, did a brief stint in consulting, and have spent the last few years as a freelance social media strategist working with some amazing organizations and causes.
I love the work that I’ve done and am grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had, but I’m always up for a new adventure and a new challenge.
A little over a year ago a good friend of mine told me about a startup he was a part of in San Francisco and over the course of a few coffee and lunch meetings told me about some of the remarkable things they would be doing to revolutionize web design… and the Internet for that matter. Being a huge fan of Silicon Valley, I’ve always had the itch to work with a startup. Many of the great organizations I’ve worked with in the past have afforded me some incredible experiences to come into something that was already established and bring about change. But, a huge part of me has always wanted to be on the ground-level of something that I knew would be revolutionary and help build its culture and make a difference.
Well, I’m very excited to share that I’ve officially joined with the team at The Grid as their Community Manager.
The Grid is the world’s first artificial intelligence platform that designs websites and starting in Spring 2015, it will take your content and create websites for you – letting you do what you do best, and letting AI take care of the rest. It sounds like magic, and truly it is.
Over the last month The Grid has received some amazing press from Fast Co. Labs, WIRED, Tech Crunch, cNet, and Entrepreneur, and is in the running to become the largest crowd-funded software platform in history. In under a month, we’ve already added 7,000 users and the numbers are growing every day.
In my specific role, I’ll be focusing on Community Management which will entail some marketing, social media, and customer support. The role is a unique mix of many of the different roles I’ve had over the last few years but in a new environment.
I spent last month in San Francisco working with the team at The Grid on a project basis and have officially accepted a role with them on their team this week. I am so excited about this opportunity and already love the team of people I get to work with. What they are building is something that truly is amazing and to play a part in it is a huge honor for me. I can’t wait to see what the next few months bring and to embrace these new challenges and opportunities to be part of what’s happening at The Grid.
As I’ve shared my news with some friends a few common questions have popped up…
So are you leaving Chicago?
I’ll be working remotely from Chicago for now, though the pending Polar Vortex is one more reason why the West Coast is looking more and more appealing to me.
What about your book?
Last fall I crowd-funded ‘Church Communication 101′ – that project is near completion! Watch for details.
Will you still do freelance projects?
I am going to give my full time and energy to The Grid, though I always do love having a few different irons in the fire to keep me sane. I will continue with a few projects I have going now and will be more selective of future projects I take on.
Should I check out The Grid for my website?
How do I learn more about The Grid?
Thank you to all of you who have been along for the journey and who have followed this blog and my social media over the years. It’s a new day for me, but I think there are many valuable things I’ll learn through this new experience that will be helpful to share with you.
The biggest thing I’ve learned through this experience is this: Always give yourself permission to try new things. You never know what new adventures will be around the corner if you do.