Dearest WIMP community,
I’ve got some news to share. On the brink of WIMP’s 5-year birthday-versary in April, it’s with a heavy heart that I announce that both myself and Cole are stepping down from WIMP leadership effective immediately.
We didn’t come to this decision lightly, and it’s probably one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do.
What we have built here collectively is amazing. I want you to reflect on that a moment. 5 years ago you were lucky to even know OF anyone else in the Sonoma County web and digital media industry. Now we have a SOLID group of local and non-local folks who have built friendships and done business, heck, even BUILT business together! We have educated each other, inspired one another, collaborated and built amazing things together, helped our community in countless ways, and pushed each other to do better.
I am impossibly grateful for the time I’ve spent running WIMP and building this amazing community with everyone. These have been the best years of my life. I’ve met some of my best friends here. I met my husband here. I’ve gotten giddy every single time I saw one of you get a job or a project as a direct result of my efforts. But it’s time for us to move on.
I’ll be focusing my effort on my new venture, One Day Labs, in which I’m lucky enough to be working with a handful of Wimps on building websites in a day through a collaborative build process, similar to WIMPgives.
Cole is going to be putting all his time and energy into his CTO position at CropMobster, another Sonoma County based startup whose mission is to create an online food waste alert system and community exchange platform for a sustainable food ecosystem (basically saving the world and feeding people in need, no big deal).
What does the future look like for WIMP? I’m glad you asked. Stormy Knight is going to be heading the event programming and will be chief moderator of the Facebook group. Event programming, however, may not be as robust as it has previously been. That depends entirely on you guys.
That’s right, if YOU want more WIMP programming then YOU will have a chance to step up and do your part to make sure it continues. You do not have to be an industry expert to be a community leader. Heck, none of us were when we started! You just need to be passionate about people in this community having access to one another, engaging in conversation about new trends and standard practices, and keeping people engaged. It’s up to you to make sure WIMP continues to grow and thrive.
I’m excited about the future and I can’t wait to see what the next 5 years will bring. We obviously won’t be disappearing completely so still plan on seeing us both at events and at WIMPspace. Speaking of WIMPspace, we haven’t decided what we’ll do with it yet, but for now we’ll continue to operate the coworking space as normal. If you are an existing WIMP+ member, we’ll have more info coming your way soon!
Melissa & Cole Geissinger