Well I announced it on the twitter wire this morning so it is only fitting that I explain in a little more detail. I have officially put in my resignation to Wofford and accepted a full time position at HubSpot. For those of you who don’t know about HubSpot maybe you are familiar with Website Grader, Twitter Grader, and Press Release Grader? HubSpot specializes in Inbound Marketing and helping small business get found online. So first of the year this southern boy is taking his flip flops and moving north to Boston.
What Happens to .eduGuru?
Well as you know over the last few months this site has really outgrown me and we have a wonderful staff of excellent writers, presenters, and simply awesome people. There is no doubt .eduGuru is in the hands of an excellent team. I will continue to post on the blog, though less frequently, and will be taking more of a supportive role. This site has grown beyond my wildest expectations and there are possibilities for us to provide services to the community that I wouldn’t have dreamed possible this time last year. I am counting on the group as a whole to come up with these initiatives and I can provide the behind the scenes push to help make them happen. As Nick frequently says “you are the web workers, I’m here to help turn you into Web Rockstars!”
The truth is I can see not being tied to an institution allowing me to give more to the community, keep reading…
The 411 on HubSpot
I have actually been freelancing with HubSpot since May so this has been a gradual move and the time just finally made sense. Yes, I am moving up to Boston the first of the year and will be working out of their corporate office full time. If I am going onboard full time I want to be fully committed.
Simply put HubSpot gets it. I have been reading their blog for over a year and using their free services like Website Grader for even longer. Check this post I wrote months ago for more information about Website Grader. Inbound Marketing is a more specific term for helping people and businesses get found online through search engines, social media, and blogs. The world truly is flat and anybody can do business with anyone else in the world at any time. They provide smart tools and business smart intelligence that directly result in leads, sales, and bottom line dollars. Through teaching, training, and offering the right tools they provide the mojo that can make any website be successful online.
If anyone is interested in hearing more I would love to talk with them in more detail about HubSpot. If you haven’t figured it out yet, yes I have drunk the kool-aid and really believe in there approach. I know it works because I’ve used the same fundamental approach to turn this blog into what I would consider a success.
The Rest of the 411
Since I’m coming clean I should probably come completely clean. I’ve been developing for months a new business with some partners, nuCloud. nuCloud is using the cloud computing hosting model to provide scalable multimedia services to colleges and universities. Our first services include hosted multimedia and interactive maps but new services are already in development even as these finish up in the pipeline.
You might have noticed the free eduRank tool I’ve mentioned in my presentations? eduRank takes college website traffic from multiple tools applies some logic and ranks your college’s domain against other institutions. A really cool benchmarking tool if I do say so myself.
So check out the site, subscribe to the blog, try eduRank, follow nuCloud on Twitter and we’ll have exciting news coming soon.
The support has been overwhelming positive and I want to thank everyone. You truly are an incredible network and one that I’m so blessed to be a part. I truly am humbled by all the positive replies this morning on twitter and encouragement I have received from Wofford. I promise this isn’t the end. I have lots of ideas and projects in the works so this isn’t the last you will hear of me.