Posted on December 30, 2018
Musings on the transition from being in a startup to working for a very large company.
It was about this time last year that the writing was on the wall that WideAngle wasn’t going to be a sustainable as a company that employed a full team any time soon. Not the best situation by any means, but one that I am proud of nonetheless. Thanks in good part to our investors, we were able to find our teammates (and friends) new homes, we never missed payroll, and we were able to put a plan in place to keep the product going for our customers that are as fond of 1:1’s as we are.
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