Taking the Biggest Risk of My Life, Manhattan, A New Tech Startup, and My Awesome Wife

by ShaunKing on December 21, 2012 · 1 comment

The older I get, the harder I’m finding it take huge risks.  I have so many people counting on me – family, employees, etc., that I have grown more risk averse than I ever imagined.  Maybe it’s maturity – I don’t know, but this week I took one of the biggest risks of my life to pursue a huge dream.

This week I moved to Manhattan.  Nearly 10 years ago I considered making the move there for grad school, but decided to stay in Atlanta instead.  I couldn’t have imagined that I would end up in New York City under these circumstances.

I am the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of a new tech/media company called Upfront.  We just closed our first seed round of funding this week and have started hiring our first employees and developers.  We’re launching in March.  We have an unbelievable world class team of advisors and our first clients are almost too good to be true.

Of course I should think this, but I sincerely think it is a game-changer and that this platform we’re building could shift paradigms online.  That’s about all I can say right now.  I can’t wait to tell you more.

I want to thank my amazing wife, Rai, for believing in me more than anyone else in the world.  Rai – you give flight to my dreams and I will always love you and remember this time.  Thank you so much baby.

Rai and the kids were supposed to move to New York with me after Christmas break, but we decided  together that we wanted our kids to finish the school year out.  We’ve moved so much recently and they love it where they are.  This means that I am in New York without my family – which tears me into little pieces – but it’s only until the summer. As crazy as it sounds, I’m coming home every weekend to be with Rai and our babies and they will come up to NYC to stay with me every chance they can.

I gotta run – catching a flight to be back with the family in Kentucky for the holidays.

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