We’ve been a bit quieter in the last weeks for a reason: We’re going through a bigger change as Peter has decided to leave Third Wave. Here he is to explain his decision.
Peter saying Goodbye
I’m leaving Third Wave. Leaving a company you co-founded is never easy, I assume. Leaving a company you built with two close friends and that has been developing quite well for a couple of years and where you’re happy is even harder. Yet, recently I’ve been finding myself with an urge to think about scale and impact, and to go out and learn something new entirely. It’s something I need to do at this point, and wouldn’t work within the current context of our company. This is a purely personal decision, a kind of private change of direction after some five to seven years of full-time consulting.
I had a blast building Third Wave with Igor and Johannes and all our collaborators from scratch, running a bunch of events and publishing all kinds of things, all the way to hiring our first employee Maddie. I learned lots and lots, and I met a whole bunch of wonderful, inspiring people. Couldn’t have asked for more ever, really.
On a personal note, a big thank you to Igor and Johannes – both for the time spent together and for understanding my need to change direction. You guys rock, and I hope we get a chance to collaborate on many things down the road. Thanks also go to the collaborators in our many projects, to our clients, and all of you who continuously supported us and surely will continue to do so.
And I won’t grow bored, either: I’ll also serve as Program Director for NEXT Berlin Conference 2013 and the upcoming NEXT Service Design Conference in October, I’ll keep working on some stuff with Third Wave, and of course there are some side projects that that direly need attention. But for the next few weeks or so, I’ll take it slow, clear my mind and sort out the next big steps. For the time being, the best way to follow up is my website and Twitter.
We’re saying Goodbye to Peter
We respect Peter’s decision and are grateful for the time and energy he invested in building a company with us. It’s been quite a ride from walking around in Austin, having the idea to building something to the milestone of running a company for almost two years now. We wish him the best and can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.
What’s next for Third Wave?
So, from here on up, it’s going to be the two of us, Igor and Johannes, running this company. Looking back, it’s pretty clear for us how to go on. In the 22 months since we started, we worked with over 30 clients, established a company culture and are constantly working on refining where we see ourselves going and what we can contribute to our clients as you can read in our last week note. We highly enjoy coming up with those unusual solutions somewhere between digital communications, social media and new business models for a world of perpetual change. We will continue on this path with our clients and look forward to the next projects and opportunities.
If you have any questions or want to talk to us, feel free to contact us. We are always happy to chat over a nice cup of coffee.