Goodbye Promenade Building

Yesterday was my last day as CEO of BLiNQ as we moved forward with the merger of PointRoll, Shoplocal, and BLiNQ Media. I fully support this move as I believe it will make all three companies much stronger in the market place as a combined company and properly leveraging the strong content and data assets owned by Gannett. At the same time, it was hard to make the decision to part ways with the people at BLiNQ and G/O Digital; I’ve had the privilege of getting to know a number of them, and I’ll miss working with them and wish them all the very best as the units come together in the coming months.

I was originally hired into BLiNQ to access the business, re-stabilize the unit, and determine a new vision for the company in a post acquisition era. I’ll leave it to my peers in the industry and to Gannett to determine if I accomplished my objectives.  From my stand-point, I’m extremely proud of what my team was able to accomplish in less than a year; what’s most gratifying to me is that the product strategies and vertical focused pivot I put in place at BLiNQ will be used as the blueprint of the new combined company.

Reflecting back, what’s amazing is that I’ve been at the Promenade building in Midtown, Atlanta since 2004.  First we moved Spunlogic into the 17th floor (from Zonolite Road), then sold Spunlogic (2008) which become Engauge and moved up to the 22nd floor (2010), then sold Engauge to become Moxie (2013) still on the 22nd floor (2015 Razorfish moved into the 22nd floor, space looks great Patricia Camden-Peterson), and lastly, I moved down to the 12th floor as the new CEO of BLiNQ Media (2014). That’s 11 years of great memories and experiences I just said goodbye to.

So what’s next for me? No idea yet, but what I do know is that I’d like to take a little time off. The last 19 months has been pretty crazy for me. Selling Engauge, helping integrate Engauge into Moxie, undertaking an Executive MBA and finishing it a few months ago with an awesome international residency in Vietnam and Thailand, moving from Publicis and taking on the BLiNQ role as CEO, having our second child (who is awesome), and generally traveling a lot and missing out on family time. Wow, pretty crazy when I think back.

Before I jump into the next work adventure, Tovah and I will be heading to the beach for a few weeks and then we are planning an RV trip across the US, Pacific NW, through British Columbia, Yukon, and Alberta. Yes, you read it right, an RV, and no, I’ve never been in an RV before. As we plan more I’ll write about it, but that’s the plan for now.

15 thoughts on “Goodbye Promenade Building

  1. I know you must be leaving with mixed feelings but the world is wide open to you! We all wish you well and will look forward to learning about your RV trip and what will follow! Love you and always wish you the best.

  2. Enjoy your well-earned time away with the family and shout if you ever need anything from my end. Let’s catch up when you’re back from your adventure.

  3. Raj, so happy for you! And loving the idea of this roadtrip!! Sounds like a wonderful adventure and great family time. Wish you all the best in your much deserved time off before the next adventre begins!

  4. Dear Raj, I love the chronological narrative and it helps to explain your amazing journey because every time I attempted to explain to nephew (Marc Trusio) where/what you were doing, I know I confused the hell out of it. Like all the comments, whatever you do next will be another successful choice. I know that I’m the fortunate one knowing Tovah & my dear friends, Dee & Joel, and meeting you many years ago and watching you as you became the best husband and father. We are all blessed to have you as a friend and family member. Any room in the RV for a nanny? Love, G

  5. Raj, congratulations to you! Your cruise will be extra special and please look me up if you’re coming to LA!

  6. Pingback: One month on the road and a new Jeep! | Raj Choudhury, Atlanta, GA

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