Turns out, turning 40 was a turning point for me. I did indeed take stock of my life this time last year and got crisper on my priorities.
And, then I made some changes.
Left Lytro after 2.5 years: It was an amazing, life-changing experience with some of the most fantastically smart and committed people on the planet. The results were phenomenal. I learned a lot. But, while Lytro went from early stage startup to high growth startup, my kids did the same thing, going from pre-schoolers to elementary school students. It was time to adjust how I spent my time.
Took 6 months off: Cleaned closets, hosted garage sales, volunteered more, trained for a half-marathon, kicked tires on founding a company with colleagues – the usual post-start-up experience for execs. ☺ Most importantly, re-connected deeply with Jeff and the kids and our extended family. I re-charged with trips to Florida, the cabin, Big Sur, Disneyland, Palm Springs, Moab… Wow. Am I ever grateful to have had that time. I will cherish it for the rest of my life.
Joined Trulia: I’m thrilled to join Trulia as Chief Marketing Officer, running consumer marketing and consumer product. The team is whip smart, funny and focused on delivering and simplifying the home-buying process for millions of people. It was the first time since the b-school internship hunt that I had the luxury of conducting a thorough job search. It was a great process, especially after becoming clear on my priorities, and I feel fortunate to have this amazing opportunity at Trulia. Thank you Pete!
Moved house: We’ve executed phase 1 of a multi-phase process to get the family over to the East Bay, closer to family and long-time friends. We’re enjoying the adventure that is apartment living in downtown Mountain View while our house is prepped to go on sale. Fingers crossed for a fast close, and we’ll head to the East Bay this summer. The kids have handled the transition and the news remarkably well, and Jeff’s project management skills have meant the process is painless and not painful.
On that note, with many more adventures to come, my deep love, respect and thanks go to Jeff. He’s been so supportive all along the way of my professional and personal journey, no matter where it's taken us as a family (even to amusement parks). It’s safe to say I could not have done any of this without him.