This is one of those bittersweet moments where I have the duty to share that our longtime editor Jake Slobe is stepping away from Clay & Milk to pursue other interests. Jake’s been the primary news-sharer and storyteller of the Iowa entrepreneurial community for almost four years and we are all the better for his work. Personally, I’m very happy for my friend Jake to have the opportunity to pursue other things while simultaneously being bummed about losing him from the Clay & Milk/Gravitate Coworking organization and our community overall.
This is Jake’s last week as a full-time employee here but he’s not going to disappear overnight. He’s agreed to stay on in a freelance capacity and help with the newsletter in the interim (woot!). You’ll still see Jake’s byline on stories (you can still email him tips and story leads at firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’re going to scale back the newsletter to three times per week rather than daily while we plan for the next evolution of Clay & Milk.
That evolution is the sweet part of an announcement like this, losing someone from the team who has been at the core forces us to put a real thought into what it is we do, how we can do it better and how we take things to a new level. It’s the same thing we’ve done with every change in editor (we’re developing quite an alumni roster with Matt, Jami, Joey and now Jake!) we’ve had at Clay & Milk and it’s always exciting.
Do you have thoughts on what you’d like to see in the next iteration of Clay & Milk? I’d like to hear them (send a note!). While our mission to be the publication of record for all things tech, startup or entrepreneurial in Iowa won’t ever change, how we go about always will.
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