I had a tectonic realization this week. The time has come for me to transition from executing to enabling, from creating to cultivating and from coding to managing (*yuk did I say that last part?).
AirPair is now a cash spinning 18 month-old, because the founding team were good at executing. We took AirPair through 8 months of 40% month on month revenue growth without funding and picked up that growth rate again with seed funding, but I’ve been experiencing why my time as an executioner has come to an end. This week on my Keynote Panel at AirConf, Deep Nishar’s words (16:15 in) struck me like a hot knife through butter. “At some point you stop getting leverage from yourself”.
The realization that I’m ready to reinvent my role feels as stark as one day not wanting kids, and all of a sudden feeling … ready.
It feels good. I can envision how it will positively impact coming to work at AirPair. Until now, the main value proposition of working with us, would have been to observe a fast paced demanding entrepreneurial environment where things happen out of the will of dedicated entrepreneurs. But now I see, the benefit of coming to work at AirPair will be *learning* and practicing how to make shit happen, so one day you can leave us, and build your own company.
As CEO, my full-time job has morphed from executing, to helping everyone else ideate, create and see through successful initiatives in the same way we did when we started something out of nothing and got things off the ground.
Perhaps this is an obvious evolution for some. I’ve heard other CEOs say it time and time again. I even fought the change internally for a long time. Executing is fun, and I had wondered if I could run a company where I was an executing quarterback… But that’s one of the best parts about taking the entrepreneur’s journey. Every so often you have a moment, and all of a sudden you understand the words you heard from others… Something makes sense, on an emotional level as opposed to just knowing about it.
If you want to work in a a nine to five environment that’s already figured out and won’t stretch you much, we’re probably not going to push the right buttons. But if you want to be in over your head and learn from a company that knows how to make a lot of smart moves (and is also still figuring some out), hit me up.