I’ve made the hardest decision of my life today. I have resigned my position as chief creative officer at skinnyCorp/Threadless.
As you may imagine, this was not an easy decision. What makes Threadless special is its ability to turn every single person – from our vendors to our employees – into part of a giant family dressed in ink-slathered cotton. The collective dedication and creativity of the Threadless family, as well as our beloved community, is awe inspiring.
The pride I have for Threadless is unmeasurable.
Of course, none of this has been possible without Jake. He has always had the vision and ability to wade through my onslaught of ideas and cherry-pick the ones that we both knew were best for the community and for Threadless as a whole. The decision to leave was no different. After many long discussions with Jake and our CEO Tom, we’re all on the same page that this is the right direction to take.
If I had to pick the one thing I’ll miss the most, it will be working with Jake, Tom and the rest of the executive team as Threadless continues to grow more and more awesome.
So, whats next for me?
First, I am taking some time off. In the seven years of building Threadless, the longest vacation I ever took was about 2 weeks, and that was last month. I’m looking forward to spending real quality time with my family and friends, without meetings, deadlines or other work related things getting in the way.
Next, I am going to rededicate myself to things I love. Who knows, maybe I will start skating again. (Probably not, but we can all dream). I heard a rumor that people actually travel for pleasure. I may give that a go as well.
Lastly, I will start getting involved in a few projects that are just too exciting to keep secret, but too early to talk about. I hate to do it, but you will just have to stay tuned to hear about all the awesomeness to come.
The past seven years have been amazing. While I will no longer be involved in the day-to-day grind of the company I helped create, I will remain close to Threadless not only as an owner and advisor, but through my many friends there. And of course, I will continue to be an active part of the most awesome community, ever.
Thank you Threadless; I cant wait to show you what’s next.