Starting next week, I will be acting as head of communications and external relations for Concern Worldwide’s Innovations for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. Innovations is working to deliver proven methods of reducing infant and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone, Malawi, and India, with three more countries to be added this year.
To say that it’s an honor to contribute to such important work is a vast understatement. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help the teams in those countries, and to make sure as many people as possible get to share their ideas with us. The stakes are so high.
It’s taken me a few months to decide what my next work move would be, but I was pretty sure I wanted to branch out of technology. I’m still entrepreneurial at heart, but I’ve found myself getting more excited by non-tech projects. It did me a world of good to spend several weeks outside the Silicon Valley bubble – weeks when I often wouldn’t even turn on my laptop. I even stopped obsessively reading my tech RSS feeds. At the same time, I got to devote more to voluntary work – primarily through New York Cares – and found in
that a calling I hadn’t yet recognized. Funny how things work out.
Lots of friends helped me decide my next move, asked the right questions, and gave me permission not to rush into anything I wasn’t truly passionate about. I can’t list them all, but must mention RND, Dan Barker, Pat Phelan, Chris Yeh, Adriana Lukas, Jeff Nolan, Joy Remuzzi, JP Rangaswami, Om Malik, Mike Masnick, Tim Peek, Ethan Dreilinger, Rishi Mallik, Bhaskar Roy, Ben Casnocha, and everyone from “PS50”. I’m sure I’m forgetting some people, but only because I’m a bit distracted. Thank you VERY much!