The Summer of Nick

Summer of George

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After a wonderful four years as CEO of LiveOffice, we sold the company to Symantec in January 2012. I was very fortunate to be a part of a great ride with a nice ending. More importantly, I’m so lucky to have worked with a passionate and compassionate team who taught me so much.

I spent a few months at Symantec helping with the integration and am pleased to see the merger working out well for our customers and teammates – as well as for the Symantec business broadly. So far, Symantec has doubled down significantly on investment in the technology and the product seems to be outperforming plan.

Life worked out amazingly for us as well. On May 18th, I finished my last day at Symantec and that evening, we had our third child. And the next day was my birthday! With this great confluence of life events, I decided to take the summer off and be a nearly-full-time dad and husband.

Throughout the summer, people (parents, friends, my barber) kept asking me “so have you figured out what you want to do next?” But I was committed to a summer of pure, unadulterated unproductivity. Between rounds of mini-golf, trips to Pinkberry, vacations, stay-cations, lots of procrastination, Khan Academy math sessions, MIT Scratch kids computer programming  lessons and general daddy-kid lazy summer-ness, the past three months have easily been the most enjoyable of my life and we’re feeling really blessed. And while I always had an Evernote notebook open as startup ideas came to me, I think I did a pretty darn good job of not working on anything.

Indeed, my good friends Lee Weiner and Andrew Burton coined my mini-sabbatical the “Summer of Nick” after the classic “Summer of George” episode on Seinfeld. I think I still need to take up frolf (George’s new sport frisbee golf) though.

Alas, my eponymous summer is coming to a close and the kids (at least the older ones) are returning to school in a few weeks. So back to work.

Now to answer my barber’s question… “What’s next?” I’m not sure yet, but I know I love building and running companies and want to do it again – many times bigger, longer and uncut this time. And to help figure out the specifics, I’ll be spending time at Accel Partners as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence.

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