In February I told you that I was taking a break from freelancing and embracing a full time gig at Vancouver based startup Unbounce. Well, it’s time for some more bitter-but-oh-so-sweet news; As of June, I’ll be making the move from my hometown Montreal to Vancouver, for a while.
In March, I spent almost 2 weeks in the office there… Needless to say, it wasn’t long before my heart started to struggle with relocating. I won’t say it’s Vancouver that sold me (yet, but look at that view!), but rather Unbounce itself and the people I already have a connection with (one of which is Russell’s BFF). After some promises to remain a devout Habs fan and to return to Montreal, I decided this really is an opportunity I have to follow.
The Montreal Tech Community is one I will sorely miss …I can’t stress that enough. It was just over 3 years ago that I joined Twitter, and sheepishly attended my first tech event (a WPMTL meetup) where knowing absolutely no one, I was welcomed by Eva Blue, Kathryn Presner, and others. Somewhere around that same time I stumbled in love with Tanya McGinnity and Montreal Girl Geeks — Which honestly, changed everything.
In only the last few years, I went from working at my family business (and a small ad agency on the side) to running Montreal Girl Geeks, speaking at events, and (sometimes overwhelmingly) successfully freelancing at what I love.
Without people like Pier-Luc, Eva, Sarah-Jane, Sandy, Liesl, Alistair, Alex, Robin, Tara, Kathryn, Brendan, Laurent, Steve, Felipe, Heri…. (I could go on but I’ll spare you the gushing) my life, not only professionally, would be completely different. This is not a sobby good-bye at all, I’ll be back, just taking an opportunity to express my ridiculous gratitude for such an awesome community.
This of course also means that I’ll be stepping down as President of Montreal Girl Geeks. I’ll be announcing there soon too. I hope to find a community in YVR that’s nearly half as fantastic as this one.
Hoping to have a drink on a terrace with you before June!
Those of you who know me, know I’m a strong believer in free agents and that independents are a growing bunch I’m proud to be part of. This however, is one fulltime opportunity I could not refuse; Vancouver based startup, Unbounce.
Unbounce is an awesome self-serve landing page platform, a bunch of ridiculously cool and talented people, and after receiving another round of funding they are in need of a few good women and men to grow even more. (In case you didn’t catch that last link, Unbounce won Best Pitch at Grow 2011.) Of the few people I’ve mentioned Unbounce to over the last couple weeks, of those who weren’t already users, most have signed up and all have nothing but utter praise…. Their users love them, and I see why.
Follow what we’re up to over on the very popular Unbounce blog, @Unbounce on Twitter and (you know I’d love a like) on Facebook. We talk about awesome things like conversion rates, usability, A/B testing, social media and content marketing.
*Swoon* …consider me converted.