13 Oct “It’s Not Goodbye” – a see you later blog from our Program Manager Emma Williams
I entered the startup world completely by accident. I’d never heard the word startup before, all I knew was that I was applying to a job located about 100m from my front door (very convenient, I know). A few weeks later I found myself as one of the early employees at OOHLALA Mobile working as their Community Manager. It was there that I fell in love with this amazing, vibrant and diverse startup community that is developing in Montreal. Although I loved my job at OOHLALA and believed in what they were doing (and I still really do!), I wanted more, I wanted to be at the heart of this community. I wanted to help build it out, to help it thrive, to meet everyone I could and learn everything I could. I knew my ideal job would be at Real Ventures / FounderFuel, where I would get to interact with dozens of different companies and people daily. But of course they weren’t hiring so I bided my time and then one day, there it was. FounderFuel was hiring a new Program Manager, this was my chance. I jumped at the opportunity.
And here I am, 4 Cohorts later and what a ride it’s been! I wish I could properly put this experience into words but if I tried, this post would be 10 pages long (and I don’t want to bore you). What I will say is that the people I’ve met, the things I’ve learnt, the experiences I’ve had, the companies I’ve had the pleasure of working with, everything has been over and above what I ever could have expected. I’ve worked with 30 companies over the last 4 Cohorts and it’s been incredibly satisfying and exhilarating. But as most startup founders, employees and mentors know, the startup bug isn’t a fictional thing, it’s real and it’s strong and it’s pulling me back in. I’m ready to dive back into playing a key role in the growth of a startup from an operational standpoint. Which company is still to be determined, all I can say is that I’m very excited about what the future holds and am looking forward to this next chapter. This decision has not come easy, or quickly, but it’s official. The Fall 2015 Cohort will be my last as Program Manager at FounderFuel.
And with that, Sylvain and I are on the hunt for someone who’s ready to step up to the challenge of becoming FounderFuel’s new Program Manager. We’re on the hunt for someone who’s crazy passionate about startups, innovation, entrepreneurship and wants to play a pivotal role in the Canadian ecosystem. Think you’re the perfect fit? Send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), I’d love to chat!
A few years ago I was just about to head home after a trip to visit family in Toronto. I gave my 3 year old cousin a hug and said goodbye. She looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, “what do you mean goodbye? Am I never going to see you again?”. To avoid a tantrum, I quickly corrected myself and said, “no of course not! It’s not goodbye, I meant to say, I’ll see you later”. Her tears quickly disappeared and it got me thinking. She couldn’t have been more right, the word goodbye has so much finality to it, and I don’t plan on leaving this amazing startup community anytime soon. So, FounderFuel, this isn’t goodbye. This is see you later.