So Long, Farewell – My Last Post for Motorola
There are huge changes ahead for Motorola: a corporate split, entry into new markets, and the integration of the company’s Home and Mobility businesses. It’s an exciting time, but also the right time for me to make my exit stage left.
I launched this blog – with critical support from some key folks in the company – at the start of 2007. At the time, corporate blogging was still in its infancy. Virtually no one trusted or understood the potential value of the medium. Many outsiders assumed a corporate blog would only be a new vehicle for marketing speak. Many insiders believed a blog would only get us in trouble on legal or financial ground. Yet somehow the site here persisted, and grew, and even developed its own following within the industry and among consumers. Over four years, traffic to the site has grown exponentially. Even more importantly, the content here has kicked off some fantastic conversations. Various posts have led to analyst briefings, independent articles, Twitter commentary, email exchanges, customer and partner discussions, trade-show meet-ups, and more. On a personal note, the blog has allowed me to pry and pester to my heart’s delight. I can’t think of anything that would have proven a better learning experience in cable and telecom, or provided a better opportunity to engage with so many smart and savvy people in the industry.
So why am I leaving? There’s no great drama in it. I simply feel it’s time to move on and discover something new. I have some exciting plans ahead, and also some freedom to explore interesting projects in the new year. I am active over on Twitter for anyone who wants to learn more or get in touch: @msilbey. I will also be trolling CES next week. In the meantime, many many thanks to everyone who has read and supported my work here. I appreciate it all.
P.S. Just because I’m leaving doesn’t mean the blog is going anywhere. Stay tuned. There’s more to come.