When interviewing potential HubPages employees, our CEO Paul Edmondson always likes to ask this question: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Though there are many promising responses to this question (you may have encountered some in HubPages’ numerous job interview guides), the “right answer” at HubPages is to have a vision of someday launching one’s own company. While HubPages is primarily designed to be the ultimate place to craft long format, media-rich articles online, it also has a strong underlying mission to help people pursue their unique passions. This mission manifests itself in the resources we provide, as well as an internal company culture encouraging employees to follow their dreams.
As you might guess, I provided that “right answer” when I was interviewed three years ago, and starting in June, I will deliver on my promise (a bit early, yes, but I’m a compulsive over-achiever). My last day as HubPages’ Director of Marketing is May 31st.
The business I am starting has been inspired, to a great extent, by the HubPages community. On a daily basis I am humbled by the talented Hubbers I encounter and want to do more to support their online ambitions- both with regard to content creation and general entrepreneurship.
It is for this reason that, with the help of a comrade at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, I am launching a training center for online careers called Gigaverse. Our mission with Gigaverse is to help you craft your ideal life and career by using readily-available online tools and resources. We provide help in the form of information, credentials, guidance, and connections.
In addition to free courses on a variety of online pursuits (ranging from community management to freelance writing, journalism, entertainment, business, and sales), Gigaverse will offer vetting, credentials, mentorship, consulting, recruiting, and workshops.
The site is currently in development and will launch this summer, however you can learn more (and sign up for early access) at Gigaverse.com.
It was not an easy decision to leave HubPages. To be honest, I am pretending that May 31st will not be my last day! That said, I have learned from the HubPages community again and again how important it is to take the leap and move on to new things- to test oneself, take risks, try to contribute something valuable to the world, and see what happens.
I will truly miss the excuse to spend all day, every day, poking around the site (though I shall certainly swing by to say hello). I will also miss working with HubPages’ staff- I wish all of you could get to know these level-headed, kind, patient, persevering people- they are AMAZING.
Thank you for three amazing years of enlightening Hubs, new friendships, inspiring success stories, fun programs and contests, lessons learned, Forum freakouts, social media chatter, mind-expanding dialogue, and general shenanigans. If you ever want to chat, stop by Gigaverse and drop me a line!