Leading Ello into the future…
I’m super stoked to announce my new role as Ello’s CEO. I’ve been at Ello since before day one envisioning and designing our product with @budnitz and my longtime design partner @lucian. I helped guide the original build with @jayzes, @cacheflowe, @mk, @666 and the Mode Set crew, and spent many a late night shaping Ello’s vision and values with the rest of our founding team. So my transition into this role is a natural one.
I’m honored and humbled to be picking up where @budnitz left off. I want to thank him for bringing us further than we ever imagined.
My intent as Ello’s new CEO is to lead by example and show who and what we are through our actions. I feel fortunate to have earned the respect and support of our team and community. It’s an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to continue shaping our collective future. I couldn’t be more impressed by our team and the passion and creativity of the Ello community.
The release our new WebApp (API driven web front-end) and Android are right around the corner. Both WebApp and Android will have profound impacts on the Ello of tomorrow. They’ll help ensure that we can move faster and be more accessible to more people while enabling us to act in more forward ways.
My focus as CEO is multifold, but I’ll be primarily concerned with three things:
1. Setting and sharing our vision with all of you while leading our company strategically;
2. Growing, supporting and empowering our team alongside the Ello creator community;
3. Doing everything in my power to ensure Ello’s long-term viability and success.
As we move further into 2016, we’ll be working even more closely and transparently with the Ello community than we have in the past. We believe our success is intimately tied to yours. That means that everything we do will be in support of our larger mission (to be in the service of creators), vision and values.
We will continue to empower and connect creators everywhere in honest, open and transformative ways. We will provide the Ello community with more and better opportunities to support themselves and their peers through their ideas, passions and work. And, we will remain steadfast in our commitment to being ad-free while upholding our promise to never sell your data.
It is with a deep sense of responsibility and affection for the Ello community, coupled with total trust in our team that I assume this position. You can count on me to hold your best interests close to heart while we forge our way, together, to a brighter tomorrow.
I really love @todd. He's an incredibly thoughtful and smart person who constantly impresses me with his talent, empathy and inquisitiveness. I'm 100% behind him, proud to have him at the helm, and lucky to call him a friend. I first met Todd on the streets of Boulder via our mutual friend @luiferreyra. Lui and I were about to play a show at the Fox Theater (opening up for Rusko in 2009 ), when Todd rode his bike by us outside the venue. I'd known of him and @lucian through the Denver/Boulder art scene, and considered them total badasses, well ahead of the design & culture curves. Fast forward a couple years, and I reached out to them in an effort to make local connections with likeminded people when my partners and I left our previous job to start Mode Set Not long after, we ended up working on an iPhone app together for a startup in Boulder, which was a total pleasure. They designed, and we developed. Fast forward another couple of years and Todd & Lucian asked if we'd help prototype their concept for a new ad-free social network that we'd eventually ask all of our designer friends to test out. Fast forward to today and I get to see Todd every week in the shared Ello/Mode Set office in Denver. It's been a wild ride, but one thing has remained the same throughout the Ello experience: Todd, Lucian and the entire Ello crew is about the most smart, fun, hardworking and just plain good group of people I've had the pleasure of working with and sharing space with. I'm super proud of what everybody's done here, and I'm as confident as ever in the team that makes this place great