After a mutual dissatisfaction survey, I am no longer a reporter at Red Herring! Though it was painful, I stretched the "leaving" part out for too long and it was a very simple decision on both RH's and my part!
The first perk of no longer working at RH? After begging Joyce for months, I finally attended a cooler-than-cool 106 meeting since I am not a reporter anymore. Jeff Winner of venture accelerator Alacrity Partners talked and some attendees asked questions. I tried really hard not to ask one, but couldn't help myself.
The information provided by Winner--and his delivery--was direct and simple, but essential to those starting a business in Silicon Valley. It was the kind of information that has been gathered by years of trial-and-error on Winner's part when it comes to getting money for his ventures. I can't go into particulars, but I can tell you that VC's like partners, and not the lone wolf lunatic engineer with his crazy idea.
The second perk? everyone seemed more relaxed to be around me! No more "off the record" every time someone comes near me!
The future? Hopefully, no one can ever tell me my story is "too human interest, not enough finances" again.
I am still going to SXSW and doing the panel with Bram Cohen, on my own dime now. More on those details later!
Best moment of the night for me? When Adam Rifkin asked who was hiring, I said, "Red Herring has a reporter position open."