Anyone visiting this blog can see I’m not making an effort to meet any sort of schedule for posting to it. I post when I see a reason to do so, and when that reason disappears I stop writing. You get a burst of posts close together on a topic for a while, then nothing for a while more. It’s been going on like that for years. It works fine for me, and I think it works fine for those reading, too.
Anyway, it’s been so long between those bursts that I thought I should post a quick update here, for anyone who happens to be driving by.
First, I left the New York Times a while back. I had a great two years there as Director of New Products, felt like I made a contribution, and learned a ton during my stay, but it wasn’t ultimately the right fit for me long-term. I am currently making my way through the world of new ventures again, which is where I really want to be. That’s where my ideas are, where my instincts are, what I find exciting, and where I believe I add the most value. And since I left The Times I’ve felt like I’m coming back into my own natural space. I can’t say enough good things about the people at The Times – super smart, super dedicated, totally team-oriented people. But of course hindered by all of the challenges of being a big company, as well as dealing with the headwinds of being a legacy media company in an era when legacy media has been totally disintermediated and disrupted. That’s a tough spot to be in. I could go on endlessly on this, but ’nuff said.
Next, I’ve been working lately with the “venture development firm” Prehype as Entrepreneur in Residence, helping them come up with exciting ideas for new ventures with various partners. They are a great bunch, really smart, fun to work with, and a perfect place to transition from working at a big, slow company back into the world of small and fast. And I’ve been learning a lot from them about how to create, build and evaluate new ventures quickly and without fanfare. They do it continuously, so they are good at it. I’ve already learned much I can apply elsewhere, and am already applying lessons from them to my own ideas.
Which brings us to the last part of the update: I’m also working on something of my own that I’m pretty excited about, and bringing some others in on it too. But it is way too soon to post anything about it here. If it crosses a certain threshold I will post about it, if not I won’t.
So that’s the update for now. I probably won’t post again here for a (long?) while, as my focus right now is much more on execution than on writing. At some point maybe I’ll see some reason to start blogging about something again, and you’ll see more posts from me here. Until then, enjoy the archives, and feel free to say hi to me at john at johngeraci dot com.