After 14 years of working on startups in Atlanta, GA, in 2018 I moved cross country to be an IC for Amazon.com in Seattle.
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When I talk to newly-promoted managers and team leads, I'll often hear them say something like "gosh, today was busy and I didn't even get anything done." They didn't spend the entire day browsing social media or playing internet games. Instead they spent their entire day in meetings and working with other team members. In other words, things managers do.
Individual contributors get the luxury of a simple world view. There are essentially only two people they have to keep happy, the manager with HR authority and yourself. Work product, customer happiness, teammate happiness, and nearly everything else consolidates itself into the impressions of these two stakeholders.
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.