Next week is Thanksgiving here in the USA and we’re about to get a ton of blog posts about how everyone is thankful about something. All of the blog posts are important (and I’ve written them in the past) but they all come out at the exact same time (they dilute themselves) so I thought I’d jump the crowd and release mine this week… just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
This time of year is special to me as it’s my anniversary of working at The Media Kitchen and kbs+. I celebrated my 6th anniversary of being on the agency side of the fence… a side of the fence that I never-ever-in-a-million-years thought I would have joined back in 2007. It’s been just over half a decade here and it’s been absolutely amazing.
In the past 6 years, we’ve witnessed the birth of iOS App Store, WhatsApp, iPad, Instagram, Vine, Kik, Bitcoin, FourSquare, Buzzfeed, Nike Fuel Band, Makerbot, Tesla, and many other companies and technologies. It’s amazing to think that the “app” culture for phones really did not exist before…. A lot can change in 6 years. Now 40+ billion apps have been downloaded from Apple’s AppStore.
Here at The Media Kitchen and kbs+, a lot has changed too. New clients, new faces on the leadership team, lots of amazing chefs (staff) around the office and our ever evolving end product… our thinking and output. Agencies can talk about technologies all they want, but at the end of the day, they are in a service business and the staff is what delivers the product and builds and maintains relationships.
I am thankful for all of this. I am thankful for Barry taking a chance and hiring me with having no previous agency experience. I am thankful for being given the latitude by Miles and David of MDC Partners to co-create Varick Media Management (agency trading desk), Lori’s vision for greenlighting kbs+ Ventures (corporate investment arm for marketing + advertising technologies), the Digital Media Venture Capital Conference (featuring Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, First Round Capital, Greycroft, DFJ Gotham, IA Ventures, and many others), book Creative Entrepreneurship along with colleague Taylor Davidson, the Ventures Fellows curriculum and class, and countless other initiatives.
For those who have read up on MDC Partners, and know their tagline, “Where Great Talent Lives,” I can say firsthand that it’s completely true. The talent that MDC employs isn’t about pushing paper or making operations move faster but rather having a vision for the future. It’s a vision that I added my two cents into and helped mold for the organization. The stock is up 15x it’s low and is trading at an all-time high today. I’m happy for them and to participate in this ride.
The past 6 years have been absolutely wonderful and have challenged me in a million ways.
But going into December, that is all going to change for me.
I am officially leaving The Media Kitchen and kbs+ to pursue a whole new world. This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made and one that I’ve been working with my leadership team for a bit of time now to ensure a smooth transition. November 27, 2013 will be my last day here at TMK’s 160 Varick Street location and I want to thank you, my teams, my partners, and my clients for an absolutely amazing 6 years. I also want to thank my family, namely my wife Sherri for helping me with this extremely hard decision.
I can still be reached at dherman at mediakitchen dot tv until the 27th. I will continue to blog, tweet, and partner. One of the only differences is that I’ll be checking in at a new location.