March 13th, 2012
This is one of the greatest days of my entire life.
It all started in 2007 when the iPhone was released.
The iPhone changed the world, and in an indirect way, it changed my life. The iPhone is what drove me to start Posterous, because I wanted an easier way to post my photos. And email was the perfect way to do it.
I still remember sitting on my couch in New York City, writing the first version of the product. It was simple, but so powerful that I decided to leave my dream job at Apple.
The past 4 years have been an incredible journey. Posterous took me from New York, to Boston, and then back to San Francisco.
During that time I learned how to create and ship products. I built and managed an incredible team of 21 people. I learned about all aspects of running a company including fundraising, legal, finance, HR, marketing, business development, office management, and more.
There is no better fit for Posterous than Twitter.
The opportunities in front of Twitter are exciting, and we couldn’t be happier about bringing our team’s expertise to a product that reaches hundreds of millions of users around the globe.
Plus, the people at Twitter are genuinely nice folks who share our vision for making sharing simpler. Everyone is passionate, excited, and truly believes in the product and the leadership.
Apple and Twitter have a lot in common: a great sense of product and design, amazing leadership, phenomenal growth, and a great culture. Of all the places I could imagine working, Twitter ranks the highest. (Think about how much I would hate working at Google!)
It's fitting to be going to the only company Apple chooses to integrate deeply with. Apple has definitely picked a side in social networking, and it's Twitter.
I'm happy to be at a company based in San Francisco. And in fact, the new Twitter offices are just *2 blocks* from my house. It couldn't get any better than that.
And I'll get to work with my good friends from BackType, who were acquired by Twitter last year.
Over the past four years I've worn many hats. And I've enjoyed them all. But I have found that product is where my passion is.
I'm incredibly thrilled to be joining Twitter as a Product Manager. I'll be working for @satyap and indirectly with @jack to make Twitter an even more awesome product. And I'll be able to focus on product, without also worrying about running the company.
For me, working at Apple wasn't just a job. It meant being part of a company and brand I believe in passionately. I see Twitter the same way. Twitter is something I use and love every day, and depend on. The product is a part of my life, and now the company is too.
Let the journey begin. Again.
You can follow me on Twitter.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Posted by andjoh at 10:47 AM