Tomorrow I start the new gig and it’s pretty exciting. uLocate is focused precisely in my area of interest: mobility and location. They’ve established a platform across some of the most innovative LBS technologies, they have a great management team and a strong board, and they’ve got some very cool concepts in the works around consumer products (which will be my top priority as of tomorrow).
The only reason I have for leaving the current job is that I’ve been wanting to work for a start-up for some time. While the lessons and experience of working for powerful brands with large resources are tremendous, I’ve found that I do my best work when I’m at a small company that provides the flexibility, risk-taking, and general sense of fear that constantly keeps a person on their toes.
It’s been an incredible experience working at MapQuest and serving a community of 45+ million unique visitors. Even more fun has been extending the MapQuest experience to mobile through one of the most popular apps on the US market. Fortunately, a successful partnership with MapQuest and AOL will allow me to continue to work with many friends and former colleagues.
I’m expecting it to be a fun ride and will keep everyone posted here.