That’s how many working days I’ve spent over the past 5 years and 3 months working at CrunchBase and TechCrunch.

Today is my last day at CrunchBase. It will be the final time I walk in and out of the building (at least to “go to work”).

I came to TechCrunch by a stroke of fate. I was living in San Diego working for a big corp and wanted to move to the valley. It’s a story for another time.

I joined TechCrunch to work on CrunchBase (CB) but ended up developing for the TC blog while advancing CB development. For the first 7 months on the job, I was the sole developer (which led to lots of “pulling my hair out” moments).

Over the next two years, we grew the team and I got to take on challenges and experiences that I’m grateful for. I had a ton of fun and learned a shit ton.

Fast forward to January 2013 when CrunchBase spun into it’s own unit within Aol and I got a chance to lead the engineering team. I’m proud to report that in a span of 14 months, we hired and grew the engineering team from 2 (incl. me) to 8 and launched version 2.0 of CrunchBase from the ground up. Those months couldn’t have been more intense and yet the most fun I’ve had in my work life. The next year and a half at CrunchBase has been just as good and all I can say is this team seriously rocked and I hope some of us can work together again some day.

Today marks the end of an era for me and I’m about to embark on a new venture of my own making. It’s something I’ve envisioned and worked towards and it’s now time to make it a reality.

Like someone said…

And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.