The last 23 months have been some of the most fulfilling months of my life. I joined Acumen Brands on January 10th, 2011. That day was one of the most exciting days I can remember. I was asked to join a small team and try and figure out the future of eretail / ecommerce. CEO, John James painted a picture of a vision that only a crazy person would jump at. Not only were his goals bigger than imaginable, but the road to get there was going to take an intense amount of work, focus and dedication. I can say today, that I am proud to have been one of those crazy people and that we surpassed those original goals and set ones that are now much bigger.
While the past two years have been everything a 26 year old could dream of early in his career, I have the strong urge to build and run my own company. From the day John hired me, we knew that these crossroads would come up at some point. John would agree, I spent more time with Acumen Brands than we ever imagined when I accepted the job. When you love something and dedicate yourself to acheiving a goal, it is extremely hard to leave before the job is done. I am confident that I am leaving Acumen having accomplished more goals than I had originally set out to do when joining.
Over the past two years, I have met and worked alongside some of the most talented people I ever imagined. I have also worked with some of the most amazing partners a company could ask for. I have been challenged unlike ever before, but learned more than any education could ever enable. I have seen opportunities and realizied strategies, that just two years ago, I probably could not have comprehended. I am excited to take the next step, using everything I have learned, the opportunites I have experienced and the people who have made such a great impact on my life and career.
Tomorrow, I will announce my new company, BLKBOXLabs. I have partnered with Joey Nelson, who most recently founded MobileFWD, but was also part of the early team who built Rockfish Interactive. I can’t say that I have ever been more excited for the future.
Thank you John James, Terry Turpin and Acumen Brands for the past 2 years.