start up, start down

Well it’s been a while since I’ve posted, so perhaps I should explain my absence. I’ve been pretty busy since mid-September, and really too busy to write much for this blog.

When people talk about startups, too often they speak about the successes, the opportunity, all the positives. Too often people forget to mention that for every startup that succeeds the vast majority don’t and those that do survive past their initial funding often go through a series of tough changes.

So while I sit here watching the election returns it’s time to let everyone know that I’ve left Korrio, effective last week.

Korrio continues to grow and successfully build out their business selling a software as a service (SaaS) platform to youth sports organizations around the country. Korrio’s enterprise platform is in great shape with a host of compelling new scheduling, team management and communication features that we’ve built since I joined in 2011. The product and mobile design work I was able to do with Cecil Juanarena (of Found) was completed and is rolling out to customers. Unfortunately Korrio has to match expenses to revenues, like all smart businesses, so myself and a few others were downsized last week.

So what’s next? I’ve talked to a few recruiters and am actively engaging my full network. Certainly I’d love to stay in Seattle but am open to looking for new roles just about anywhere. I love working on consumer products and services, with digital and social media, so there’s a lot of opportunities out there. Until I find something full time I’ll continue to work in consulting roles on the west coast.

I’m excited for the new challenge and all the great companies and people I’ll meet during this process. Korrio has a great team and it was a real pleasure working with them. I wish them all the best and expect to see good things from Korrio in the future.

Published by Steve Banfield

Kentucky born, Seattle based. Entrepreneur. Team Builder. Photographer.

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