I’ve been gone from PodTech for nearly a month, and can really be objective in remembering the experience.
You never realize how much something matters to you until you move away from it. Sadly, John Furrier has moved away from PodTech yesterday, and steps onward. John, who I often refer to as a visionary, recently had dinner in Palo Alto, I told him I was thankful that he hired me, and I would have done it all over again.
Aside from the many friends I still have at PodTech, I learned some really important skills. I got an informal dose of media training as I learned from some of the great producers, editors, stars, and creators. I became more confident on camera, and as I learned from Rocky, who gave me lots of pointers, and showed me his vision for what shows could be like. Darold taught me how to be strategic in client relations, and Jennifer shared her wisdom when it comes to PR, and strategic marketing. Jason Lopez and his team are master story tellers, and Steve Gillmor’s meta views, and pushed me to another level of thinking. I observed Robert, a true trail blazer, as he quickly adopted and discarded tools, and his amazing ability to consume information on a daily basis. There were a lot of influential forces that shaped me, it was amazing.
While not everything went perfect, the training you get from doing is amazing. I agree with Shel, PodTech is one of the innovative companies, a pioneer in a new medium.
Wishing John Furrier and all the PodTech family the best as we all continue to trail blaze forward.