This is the last blog entry I will write as the MD of mag nation. Monday morning, I sent out the following email to my entire contact database:
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Professional Acquaintances,
It is with both a tinge of nervousness but moreover great excitement and anticipation for the future that I inform you that this coming Friday is my last day at the helm of mag nation.
I co-founded the company 5 years ago, and have overseen the creation of a wonderful challenger brand that has built a deep cult-like adoration amongst its fans. The time has now come for me to seek out my next challenge.
I leave the day to day management of my company in the hands of my wonderful team who have developed out of sight. mag nation is performing better than ever before in its history, and I remain convinced that our industry disruptive model and innovative approach towards a staid and tired model has the most exciting future.
I will obviously maintain close involvement with the company in an advisory capacity. Even though I have decided to seek out a larger playing field, mag nation will always be my baby and my brand, and I remain emotionally connected to it. I will always be mag nation’s Founder.
While I will retain and be checking my mag nation email address, I have set up a new one: XXX My phone contact XXX will remain the same.
My co-founder Ravi Pathare will continue as the overall Managing Director of the Company. Vali Valibhoy who is our Operations Manager here in Australia will be the key point of contact for our Australian day to day operations, while Oliver Palmer will be the point of call for all things marketing and website related.
I would like to thank all of the people who have touched my life in some way during the creation of mag nation. I encourage you to continue your support of mag nation, and look forward to maintaining contact with you as I continue my professional journey.
Other than my 3 children, mag nation has been the most amazing thing I have ever been involved with. As those of you who read my first ever blog entry will know, I have put my heart, soul and every ounce of my being into mag nation. I will miss it immensely and feel that I am leaving behind a part of me. The character, tone and values of the brand have been an extension of myself.
Ultimately however, what has made mag nation has been all the customers and supporters who choose to interact with us as opposed to the other options presented to them. To every single person who has ever walked through our doors, bought from us online, tweeted us or simply mentioned us to a friend (including the infamous Angry City of Melbourne Taxpayer), I am indebted to you.
Thanks to all of you for what has been the most amazing journey. One that for me personally is only beginning (I am still just 36 years old), but that is about to enter a new chapter.