I genuinely like the people I work with. Each one of them has taught me something new and certainly, at times, helped change my perspective.

Dwolla has gone through a tremendous number of changes over the past 12 months and we’re about to go through one of the more profound changes in our short history. Our focus is changing from something you download to something software developers use to build great software. Those changes are going to start taking shape in our product over the next few weeks.

If you’ve been following the company closely you may have already started to see some of these changes manifest themselves in different ways.

It’s a huge effort across the company and it involves every one of us. In a recent internal presentation I was trying to find a good way to represent this and could think of no better way than sharing these pictures with the company.


Clearly, not everyone fit on one slide and I needed to add a second.


I’ve pulled these up a few times on my computer since this presentation and each time it’s put a smile on my face. I find a lot of inspiration in the team I work in and in the people I work with.

Sometimes I think there is a hesitancy to look at complete teams because it forces us to think about who is not here anymore or what didn’t work. That’s perfectly healthy and I think there’s a stronger counter balance to that. It gives us the ability to see the deep strength in the individuals contributing to the mission and for me, it makes it really easy to get excited for tomorrow.

Teams, like companies and all of us individually, are always changing and I think that’s a good thing because we all grow in the directions we’re meant to. Sometimes that means growing together and sometimes that means apart. Many of my strongest relationships in life have been built through this project and without fail all relationships go in one of those 2 directions.

The company went through an intentional exercise to get a wholistic snapshot of the team building Dwolla’s technology and culture moving forward as we undergo the changes in the business and I’m really glad we did. I’ll always look at these slides fondly.

I’m thrilled to be a part of the team and for the future. Next time I’ll be a little more thoughtful about ensuring I fit on the slides.

I’m thankful to be a part of this team. Today is Saturday and I’ll admit I’m excited to get back into work on Monday. A big reason for that is the incredible people that I work with and the impact of the work being done.

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