You know that feeling when you’re strapped in your seat on an airplane, taxiing to the runway, waiting for your plane to get the nod for takeoff? Some folks around you may be a bit nervous, others have their eyes closed, some are reading the paper or enjoying a cup of coffee. Everyone is always slightly tense, including yourself. The morning of August 12, 2014 for me seemed to be just another departure from Logan Airport. Except this time I was beginning a new journey, one that in my gut I felt great about, but like any other uncharted journey, uncertainty always lingers.
A number of plane rides later, I can now safely say that boarding a plane with my new Seismic teammates and heading to San Diego the morning of August 12 has been the best move I have ever made—not only for my career but quite possibly my life. I joined Seismic as the 5th person on a bare-bones inside sales team based out of a 1,000 square foot office above The Fours. This would be the second time in my professional career I would follow my childhood best friend and Head of Inside Sales Jeff McDonough. There was always something about Jeff that always made me think of success, and through our conversations the opportunities at Seismic seemed endless.
It’s safe to say Jeff was right. In just 10 months we have been able to hire some of our highest-performing colleagues from previous companies, promote ex-firefighters to team leaders, and recruit old college roommates and kids fresh out of college, all the while keeping a fun, hungry and competitive atmosphere. We took on a $20 million round of funding from one of the most reputable firms, built out a brand new office 8 times the size of our beautiful first home, and opened an office in New York City—my new sales home.
That feeling I had the morning of August 12th was similar to many other flights I had been on in my life. The plane begins to pull up, your stomach drops a bit, and you wait for the reassuring “ding” when the pilot comes on and says we’ve reached a cruising altitude and you can take off your seat belt. The real difference is that I don’t think my seatbelt has come off yet—I’m still buckled in and enjoying this crazy ride with some of my best friends.
Today I’m not writing this from a plane, but a train on its way from Boston to New York—I’ve been fortunate to have gotten a promotion to cover New York and New Jersey for our Enterprise Sales team. But now every time I board the plane at Logan a part of my mind drifts back to that August morning. It’s a day I will never forget, and a time that I will make sure the new members of Seismic understand and appreciate. I suppose nothing is really certain in this world, but one thing I know for sure is that I am enjoying one hell of a ride and can’t wait to see what the next chapter at Seismic brings.