Goodbye Blackbox.

Exactly as has been reported, I’ve left Blackbox Republic as of February this year. It was a fantastic, bumpy ride and my first time building a company from absolute zero. Ultimately, I discovered I had conflicting ideas and expectations from those of our Angel investors’. Because of this, I self-elected to step down and hand the company over to different management so they could deliver something aligned more closely with what the investor’s want. So, the company continues, just without my involvement.

Hello World.

As it goes, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to do next. I’ve decided to stay independent.

At some point in your life you learn what you’re good at and what you’re not. After having worked in software, hardware and media startups-to-F500 companies with Marketing, Ops, Biz Dev, Sales and CEO gigs, I’ve got both the muscle and scar tissue to know exactly how to generate value. How to intelligently breakthrough. How to manufacture growth.

So, I’ve opened a work/live space in San Francisco and will spend my time between there and Portland. I’ve begun talking to several interesting companies about advising in a variety of capacities. I’ve had coffee at Blue Bottle and hit a few places for girlie drinks. Enough said.

Who I’ll work with.

  • Executive teams with the balls to separate from the herd.
  • Companies looking to create short and longer-term breakthrough results.
  • Teams who need to execute their unfair advantages.
  • Ric

    Sam – always interested in hearing what you’re up to :) … never a dull moment, it seems.
    Good luck with whatever you choose to pursue – I have no doubt you’ll do it well

  • Name

    Sam, it was great seeing you today. Looking forward to seeing what comes next!

  • http://Website Stacey

    go you!!! hadn’t read this, but as a company of one(ish) myself, i know it takes some chutzpah. good on ya 😉

  • http://Website John

    Best of luck Sam. Sorry the BBR didn’t work out.