From One Great Organization to Another: Moving on to PatientsLikeMe


Last night, my blog post hit the BatchBlue Blog where I announced I’ll be moving on from BatchBlue Software and joining PatientsLikeMe.

Here’s the intro, but I ask you to read the entire post…

After nearly two and a half years, this week was my last at BatchBlue. This is a decision that I couldn’t have imagined making just a few weeks ago. My awesome co-workers have been incredibly understanding and supportive…and I think a big reason is that the decision really has nothing to do with BatchBlue at all.

I mentioned in the post that there are personal reasons for this move that are incredibly important to me—the type of thing that can convince you to move from what is already a great professional situation. I really can’t say enough great things about BatchBlue and the entire BatchBlue team.

Almost two and a half years ago, I was a wee lad working 70 miles away from my wife and little girl (and baby boy on the way). I was with Aptima, another fantastic company that really catered to my inner entrepreneur by essentially allowing me to dynamically define my position as I explored my interests. Unfortunately, it came to a point where I was reaching the limits Aptima could provide. They are an R&D think tank-type organization, and being able to work and collaborate with users during the development process was something I wasn’t able to do and really wanted to try.

Along came BatchBlue. I was able to work from home, eliminating the commute issue. I was able to work with a very small and tight group. I was able to work on a web app at the beginning of the development phase. I was able to work closely with users as we went from alpha to beta to 1.0. I was able to be home for the arrival of my third child. I was able to be around for doctors appointments, preschool performances, and even more serious events like an 11-day hospital stay with our infant. Basically, BatchBlue gave me everything I ever could have asked for.

I actually first talked to PatientsLikeMe while I was still at Aptima. I was blown away by what they were doing. I started talking about them on this blog and on other blogs. I was kind of smitten.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve done a little bit of side work for PatientsLikeMe (that reminds me, I gotta update my portfolio!). In doing that work, I not only gained some insight into what PatientsLikeMe is trying to accomplish, but also met quite a few members of the team. That helped a lot since I know I’m not heading into the unknown on this. I can thank Twitter for cultivating the relationships of some of the folks I met while also giving me some insight into the folks I haven’t met yet.

I’m incredibly proud of the work I’ve done at BatchBlue—on, BatchBook, on The Small Business Web and also the work done with our users. I’m also thrilled I got the chance to work with Pam, Michelle, Sean, Keri, Stephanie, Matt, Adam and Melony.

Next week will mark a huge change for me, but it’s time for me to get over that. I have a lot I want to accomplish.


  1. On October 9th, 2009 at 1:48 pm Scott McCracken said:

    The work you did for BatchBlue was fantastic and PatientsLikeMe was smart to add you to their team. I wish you the best of luck in both your professional and personal goals with the new crew and look forward to hearing about your experiences!

  2. On October 9th, 2009 at 7:33 pm Dave Tufts said:

    Congrats and good luck!