A declaration of independents

Ben Metcalfe

And then there were three.

I’m tickled positive to announce the third addition to the Citizen Agency team: Ben “bullshit” Metcalfe. Tara’s got most of the details, but it’s important to spell out a bit about where we’re going with this thing we’re creating (because there’s where we are and where we’re going and yes, they are two different things)…

Ben will be filling out the technical side of Citizen Agency, serving as our Grassroots Architect & CTO (a title he chose for himself). This is, of course, in addition to my experience with product development, experience design and strategic visioning and Tara’s awesome chops at grassroots cultivation and community marketing.

From the standpoint of services offered, we’re aiming squarely at the next generation breed of startups and organizations that “get it” — or have fixed desires to “get with it”. Not only will we be literally building out tools to support startups, but we’re also going to be kicking off a developer network, spearheaded by Ben (owing to his experience at the BBC), along with other services and surprises along the way.

So there’s three of us so far, and I’d like to top it off with two more to round out the team, keeping it small but having enough talent to make a real difference regardless of the challenges that confront us. And what we’re doing long term (remember I mentioned where we’re going?) is building out the environment, the conditions, the tools and the situation that will allow us, as independents, to do the work that is most satisfying, most gratifying and most of all, most meaningful to us. This won’t happen overnight, but we’ve already got a good jump on the competition, and with tremendous advisors and an excellently small group of agents, I think we’re well on our way to setting the stage for the real Declaration of Independents.

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: Molly.com (YC W18), Uber, Google.

4 thoughts on “A declaration of independents”

  1. Chris,
    What type of people are you looking for? Or do you have certain people in mind? I’m thinking maybe the startup life is for me 😛

  2. Hey Shawn — well, we’re going to be taking our time with the search… and actually looking for gender diversity as well as technical qualifications. Part of the whole — thinking small and acting small.

    Oh, and the startup life sounds great, but damn, it’s tough!

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