To Budapest, with love

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In 2009 I blogged for a year while running my home networking startup, Pie Digital. I shared my experiences as a reluctant entrepreneur.  It was a crazy busy period in my life, but somehow I managed to post once a week.  My final post of that year was penned in Vegas (CES) and titled The Economics of Piracy.  Prescient.

In the fall of 2010, after earning my entrepreneur’s naïveté merit badge, I left Pie hellbent on taking a sabbatical from tech. Grazing the appies (food, not software) at my last networking event before unplugging, I met Peter Arvai, cofounder and CEO of Prezi—a company I’d never heard of.  He started in with his elevator pitch.  I told him I wasn’t interested.  He ignored me and continued with his spiel.  Peter’s very persuasive, and so is Prezi.  A few weeks later I forewent my sabbatical and re-embraced the mania. There’s far more intrigue and serendipity to this story, which perhaps I’ll share at a later date.

Over the past three years I’ve built Prezi’s Marketing, Sales, and Support organizations from the ground up and helped grow the company from a little over a million users to well over 30 million.  It’s been a great ride.  And now I’m on to the next one: moving to Budapest—Prezi’s birthplace—to head up International and fan the flames of Prezi’s blazing adoption around the world.  I’m on the plane now.  As I write this, I’m somewhere over the Atlantic watching “Jobs” as Ashton Kutcher—aka Steve Jobs—is getting fired by Apple’s board.  Ah, memories.

In 2014, I’ve decided to do it again.  Blog, that is.  I don’t know if I want to chronicle Prezi’s journey or my own; I guess I’ll figure it out along the way.

Viszlát később (see you later).

PS This post’s title contains a double entendre: love (both of which are featured in the photo that heads this post).  Over the past three years I have come to love the city and people of Budapest.  I’m certain both will feature prominently in this blog.  The second entendre is my husband, Nick, who has moved to Budapest with me.  An ObGyn, Nick has been awarded a Fulbright research grant to study’s women’s post-Ternovsky birth experiences in Hungary.  I’ll let that mysterious adjective dangle until a future post.

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