I’ve got big news on my end to announce – I am leaving Porter Novelli and starting my own agency – Jones-Dilworth, Inc. My last day in the office was today, and Monday is my last official day – Tuesday the 16th marks the launch of the newco.
It turns out that when you work with entrepreneurs day in and day out for years, it is only a matter of time before you catch the bug yourself!
I am really, really excited. Thanks to all of you whose support has helped me find this new path and make it a reality.
Clients to start include Twine, Siri, Wolfram|Alpha, Swingly, Prefinery, Gelato, and a few other stealthy offerings and advisory roles yet to be announced.
Focus will be on “early” – early companies, early markets, and early/new media. The goal is to keep the team lean and mean for the rest of 2009, and then to take a hard look at 2010 and decide if and how we want to grow. I’ve already hired a few great people, but am also looking to add 1-2 more, so if you know of anyone…
It is definitely a bittersweet parting and I have (and will always have) much love for PN and PN Austin+NYC especially. It is an elite firm and it is the only reason I’m able to make the move that I’m making with a straight face. I am beyond grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been afforded along the way – they have been formative, and rewarding. And I owe my career largely to Laura Beck, who has been a mentor and a friend and the best boss I’ve ever had.
Bringing cutting-edge technologies to market is what I am passionate about, and I’ve wanted for a long time to build a company around that – the agency of the future is going to be rather different than what we’re familiar with today, and I hope to make significant new steps in that direction.
The new e-mail will be: josh [at] jones-dilworth.com (my PN e-mail will self-destruct EOD on Monday the 15th). Phone # stays the same at 917-209-2956.
The new website is the works too, and will go live sometime next week – this blog obviously needs updating too, as do an infinite array of social networks – all in time. I’ve busy wrapping things up and making the transition, so all of the branding goodness is pulling up the rear;)
I’ll outline much more about the new agency in the inaugural blogs posts on Jones-Dilworth website. I will remain HQ’ed in sunny Austin TX, though — some things don’t change;)