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Hi. I'm Rick. I write, advise, and invest.

Venture Partner, Quotidian Ventures / CEO, Secret Clubhouse.

Formerly Co-Founder Barbarian Group & Consultant Tumblr

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One Year Ago Today

The great service Timehop reminded me this morning that it was one year ago today that I announced my departure from the agency I co-founded with several friends ten years earlier, The Barbarian Group.  

A year is such an interesting time measurement. It is arbitrary, based on planetary geography. It’s a good unit of time to measure long term progress in life, but it’s also a fleeting moment, especially as more and more of them go by. 

So what have I done in the last year? How do you measure progress? 

  • I got my sanity and happiness back
  • I got engaged
  • I moved to brooklyn
  • I moved in with my Fiancé
  • I started a coworking space. This project took me almost the entire year, but I am happy to say that Secret Clubhouse took its first tenants on monday, and two companies are working out of there today. That was a crazy long adventure, a foray into co-op approvals, the NY Dept of Buildings, architects, contractors, etc. I am excited to reap the benefits this year as my amazing group of tenants move in and we slowly develop a great tech community in Williamsburg. 
  • I made a ton of great investments and did what I could to help out companies like Timehop, Docracy, Circa, Branch, Percolate, Lover.ly, Mashape, Sprint.ly, Foursquare, vYou and many more that aren’t ready to announce. 
  • I went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which was awesome. 
  • I went to DragonCon, which was awesome. 
  • I went to the beach, which was awesome. And the Florida keys. And saw where Emma went to school. And went to South of the Border, which was great.
  • I went to Jamaica for about 4 hours and Argentina for about 48. 
  • I turned 40, and had two great birthday parties in Boston and New York and saw some amazing friends I hadn’t seen in years. 
  • I joined a secret new cadre of retired advertising executives who consult with big brands on advertising, education and creativity that I am excited about and can’t talk too much about just yet. 
  • I got a wonderful cat, inherited from one of my best friends. 
  • I read a lot of books and wrote 600 pages of my own, got an agent, and made steps towards selling it.
  • I started another company which is still secret. 
  • I joined another company which is still secret. 
  • I drank less than any year since like 1995.
  • I started working at Tumblr for a while, an all around great group of people, a great company and a great product. 

It’s been a good year. I’ve stayed busy, but I’ve gotten rest. I’ve been on a fair number of boats, which is always good. I’ve started new things and seen the fruition of efforts from other things. 

Do I miss Barbarian Group? Yes, all the time. Do I miss advertising? I don’t feel like I’ve left. I miss my old coworkers. A lot. I’ve met some amazing people this year, but those Barbarians - they sure were great.

But I can say it’s probably been the happiest year of my adult life. 

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  2. myono said: Yay, so happy for you Rick, you deserve happiness!
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  4. davesparks reblogged this from rickwebb and added:
    Good man well done.
  5. bryc3 said: this post made me smile! glad we finally met this year. can’t wait to see all the secret stuff you’re cooking up!
  6. spaceminer said: Great to read an update!
  7. dorothydorothydo said: You should finally attend an NBBC breakfast this year!