Hello, Envato Community!
It’s hard to believe that, counting the lead up to our official launch in 2006, this is my 15th year at Envato! We’ve come a long way together in that time, and I’m so proud of everything that’s happened, especially of the nonstop innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship of you - our community. But, I also know that Envato’s best years are still ahead.
I have some rather big news to share today. After 14 years in my CEO gig, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step down from my role and empower a new CEO to take the business into the future. I’ll still be around though! I’ll be staying on as Chairperson of the Board. I still, and will always, care deeply about this community and business, and there’s plenty for me to do on the Board to level up our game, especially now that we are a registered B Corporation.
We’ve been on the search for a new CEO for a while, and we’re getting to the last stages, and I expect to be finalising the announcement of Envato’s new CEO in the coming months (and you’ll see me back here with lots more details then).
The search for someone to look after this community and this enterprise has been a long and tough one, as there’s no way I’m handing it over to just any old person. But I think we’ve found someone really great, with just the right mix of global outlook, community ethos, marketing at scale background, and humility to take it further than I can. I look forward to introducing them when we’ve got everything all set. Not long now!
It feels like the end of an era for me, but the beginning of an even greater one for Envato. For those of you who have been around since our founding in 2006, and for everyone who has come along for the ride since, thank you for your continued support!! It’s really humbling to look back and see what we’ve been able to create together, especially as we’re tracking to another year of record community earnings.
Thanks for reading! The team and I will be coming back to this thread, until this Thursday (27th August) to answer questions about this announcement. I know these kinds of discussions can easily go off on a tangent (especially with a huge topic area like leadership!), but I’m going to try to keep us on topic.