Rick Webb, one of the co-founders of The Barbarian Group, is leaving after 10 years.
The split was amicable, but we were curious about why the COO of such a massively popular company would sell his stake and depart.
So we emailed Webb.
He was about to hit the road, but he graciously responded before disappearing.
Haha it’s so funny how much double speak there is in our industry. Everyone assumes when say I don’t have any plans, I secretly have a master plan. I should encourage that thinking, I suppose, but the truth is I really have no idea. I kind of grew up with TBG, and I want to see what I’m like when I’m not overworked. Like am I REALLY a workaholic? Or maybe it was just imposed on me by circumstance! I want to discover that. I also want to remember what it’s like to not wake up and immediately check my email and have latent email anxiety every second of the day. So I am taking the time to do the things I couldn’t do enough of before – write, travel, visit friends, attend weird conferences on topics outside my industry, and go see some bands. I suspect after a few months I’ll discover I love the Internet and am a workaholic, and then I’ll go figure out what I want to do, but honestly I have no idea. Also because I owned a company, I didn’t get the regular deluge of recruiter calls that all my employees got. I figure a few months of unemployment will help me see who might actually be interested in working with me down the road.
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