Thank You TrueCar
July 28, 2011 Leave a comment
As I wrote in a previous post, there are several “life events” happening for me simultaneously. Last week it was the birth of my first child and this week a professional transition – my last week of employment with TrueCar. As I reflect on the past 3.5 years, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have learned so much about building a company from the ground up. Most important however, I’m thankful to have worked with an amazingly talented team of people – product specialists, statisticians and analysts, engineers and technologists, finance and accounting gurus, lawyers, PR and marketing wizards and the list goes on. The original leadership team in particular deserves and has my deepest gratitude – Damon, Chris, Mike and Jesse – who took a risk in joining our startup and did so because they all shared a vision for building a business that had the potential for changing a huge industry. And we did it!
While I’m excited to move on and tackle another challenge, it will be difficult to replicate the quality and cohesiveness of the team we built at TrueCar. Building a leadership team of the best, who can also function at a high level together, is really hard to do. It’s not just about intellect and job skills, its about personality, values and cultural fit as well. A startup is by definition chaotic, ambiguous, uncertain, stressful and requires more time away from family than a normal “job”. It can also be incredibly rewarding and energizing. Its not for everyone, in fact its not for most. But it was right for these guys and for the functional teams they built.
Finally, special thanks to Scott for giving me the opportunity to join him in building the business. Eternally grateful.