About 15 months ago, I left Best Buy, where I’d been for 13 years. I joined Digital River to help transform the platform and the company.
Today, my colleagues there learned that I’m leaving Digital River. My last day there will be Friday, August 15th.
I’m leaving behind friends who I’m going to miss. I’m also leaving behind work that I’ve started that is not finished, and I wish my teams well as they continue the journey.
I’m making this decision because I discovered, while being a full-time parent in June and July as my wife Christina was travelling, that there is a young man named Alex living in my house that I don’t know very well. I like him. He’s funny, and smart, and considerate, and I want to take the time to get to know who he is before he turns 18 and leaves the house. I also want to make sure that I get the chance to know my daughter Nell in the four years that I have left before she turns 18. I haven’t seen much of her the last couple of months, but I like her – she’s brilliant and witty and wise beyond her years.
I can’t be the father that my children deserve and the leader that my teams deserve with the amount of time I have. So I need to make a choice, and it’s a surprisingly easy one, although not without regrets.
To stay busy, I’m going to be consulting. It’s been a long time since I worked for myself, and I think it’s going to be fun.