Beyond all the travel tales, tradeshows, product launches and whatnot was Sling Media’s most important asset: it’s people. Some of the people I worked with while at Sling were some of the best I’ve ever worked with in my career. As I observed in my post on the acquisition, I believe the talent is a huge asset that Echostar gets in the deal.
It’s extremely challenging to put together an all-star team. I’m not exactly sure how it was pulled off, but virtually every player in the Sling lineup was extremely well suited for their role. Some with 20 years experience, others with 2. For some it was a major learning curve, for others it was like riding a bicycle. Not to say it was all perfect, there were certainly hiccups along the way, but by and large it was a pretty impressive cast of characters.
I could probably write another 10 pages worth of individual stories and escapades. I’ll attempt brevity:
- Driving to San Diego with Blake and Jason (luckily I passed on the drive to Vegas – there’s only so much Carl’s Jr a man can eat).
- Gregg Wilkes educating me on the right beverage to drink when out with the sales guy (answer: vodka soda)
- Stogies on the balcony with Rich (truthfully there are dozens of great times I had with Mr. B., but the times at the tiki bar were some of my favorites)
- Handing off IR programming responsibilities to Brian M (sorry!)
- Lunches with Judy
- Time spent in the
dungeonannex with Teresa, Jeff C, and Chris B. Do the phones work there yet?
- Mutual venting with Dee
- Tami putting together CES so efficiently that all I had to do was show up (a personal first in 8 years of going)
- Sharon, who I got about 3 weeks of time with, and Dave, who accepted, then rejected, then accepted the gig, after I left.
- Handing off SlingPlayer Mobile to Vicky (sorry!)
- Indian buffet with Raghu, Alex, Bhupen, and John. Many more joined after, but they never made it to Sneha.
- Little Mattie Whitlock, who wasn’t an employee, but still had to put up with my antics.
- About 100 stories with Brian J, especially trying to find a cab in NYC at 5:30pm in the rain on a Friday outside of Javitz (we walked about 2 miles until we found one); and trying to figure out why our waitress couldn’t calculate 60% of a bill without freaking out. But especially for our unique style of walking tradeshow floors.
- and countless others – Slingers, please do leave comments if I’ve left something out that you remember fondly…
Thanks again for the memories everybody. If you need me, I’ll be at the colo.
I have been slinging almost as long as you have and it’s amazing how far SM has come in the last few years. I remember looking at your backyard on a Slingbox. Still have that hooked up?
Nope, my wife made peace with the neighbors. 😉