I’m writing today because my day-to-day role with Engine is ending in late September, and I have a lot of people to thank. From the early days of SOPA/PIPA, through JOBS Act, through the release of our first economic reports, Startup Days on the Hill, Keep Us Here, Fix Patents, Net Neutrality and so much more, I'm proud that Engine has built lasting impact in our community and I’m confident that, going forward, Engine will continue to be a leader at the intersection of technology and policy and politics. And while I could not be more proud of helping shepherd that growth to this point, I also know we didn’t do it alone, and it is a testament to the hard work of this startup community across the U.S. that we, as a community, are better today and positioned positively for tomorrow and beyond.
If you have made a phone call, signed a petition, sent a tweet, advised privately on what’s important to you, met with a member of Congress, or gotten involved in the myriad other ways so many entrepreneurs have, I want to express my gratitude that Engine could be there in some small way to help turn those thoughts and actions into a national network for change for a community providing the backbone of America’s economic recovery. To our association and affiliate partners in these endeavors, it has been my highest privilege and distinct honor to fight these battles alongside you, and I look forward to doing so for many years to come.
And to my colleagues, who have taken a chance, have worked with us and helped this organization grow, I am particularly proud to be able to say we stood shoulder to shoulder, doing what we could in hopes of making our community and our country better.
While my day-to-day role is coming to a close, I’ll remain active as part of Engine’s advisory board, and look forward to continuing to grow this organization and support this community in that role. Now, more than ever, I’m confident in Engine’s continuing role in shaping this community’s further success, and can’t wait to see the results.