2017 was a year of incredible change for me professionally. We sold Choose Energy in Q2 of this year which triggered a wave of emotions that I wasn’t expecting. Subsequently, we launched Intelis Capital, a dream 18-months in the making.
While the acquisition was our goal, it was also bittersweet. Our team and leadership had worked so well together in the 12 months leading up to it, but the timing was right and I couldn’t be happier with the result we produced together. Luckily, I still talk with most of the team regularly and hope we’ll have a chance to work together down the road.
Perhaps most surprising to me, was the feeling of anxious excitement that came once Jonathan, Kevin and I officially announced Intelis Capital. We’d spent a lot of time strategically planning our firm and the brand we wanted to build, but there’s no feeling quite like the one that rushed through me once I realized my job was officially a partner at a firm I’d co-founded.
Partnering with Jonathan and Kevin continues to be an amazing experience, and I’m excited about the future as we work to execute on an ambitious vision in which we deeply believe.
Happy new year…Let’s fucking crush 2018.
— Chamath Palihapitiya (@chamath) January 1, 2018
If 2017 was an inflection point for new opportunities, 2018 will be about optimizing the way I work to accelerate the trajectory for potential growth. I ended the year still struggling to adjust to my new schedule and workflow, so my 2018 will center around getting into a rhythm that makes me most effective in my new role.
While most would say they want to read or write more, that strategy didn’t work for me in 2017. I read about the same and only wrote slightly more. Instead, I want to improve the prioritization and protection of my schedule so that I can work on the things that make me a better resource to everyone in my expanding network.
I believe, maybe naively, that this will lead to more research, reading, writing, and listening to podcasts. The goal is to increase the quality of the time I spend with others instead of the quantity.
The result will be me saying “no” more often, but will also give me a chance to improve the way I communicate that response moving forward.
It’s safe to say that regardless of what happens in 2018, 2017 marked a turning point in my life. I’m thankful for all of you who continue to be a part of the journey. With the backing of an amazing wife, which I’ve come to learn you cannot start a business without, I’m excited to expand on the opportunities that are in front of me.