It’s with quite a heavy heart that that I’m announcing that Russ White and Eyvonne Sharp are both stepping away from organizational responsibilities at Network Collective. There is no question that this is a significant loss on both accounts. Both Russ and Eyvonne have played irreplaceable roles in building Network Collective into what it is today, and those contributions cannot be understated. I’m grateful for every ounce of effort, wisdom, and perspective that they have invested into the podcast and wish nothing but success to the both of them as they move into new endeavors. Luckily both will still be around in the member’s slack and hopefully on a show or two every once in a while!
What does this mean for Network Collective?
First, Network Collective as you know it isn’t going anywhere. Clearly, I’m going to have to take a step back and evaluate how things proceed from here. We’ve made many plans with the intention of three active contributors and now that’s simply not the case. You might notice some blips in the production schedule and changes to the lineup of podcasts as I get things rearranged and streamlined for a one-person shop.
History of Networking
History of Networking came to Network Collective as an idea in Russ White’s ever busy brain. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve built it into over the past two years and the importance of the conversations we’ve had with significant contributors in our industry. While History of Networking started as a collaboration between Russ and Network Collective, I believe it’s in the best interest of the series and the community to have Russ take the series and continue producing it independently. Russ’s vision for History of Networking series is to have it as far removed from commercialization and monetization as possible. I’m sad to see it go, but from this point forward History of Networking will no longer be a Network Collective series.
While the timing is somewhat coincidental, some changes were already on the horizon for member content before any of the people changes came to be. We’ve always known that content reserved for our members should be of the highest quality. While we’re confident the content created for members over the past year has been valuable, I think that we can do better. Because of this I’m going to focus more on quality, than quantity. I’m also going to focus more on bringing outside voices in as I believe in independent content creation and want to support those who can deliver top tier content for NC members. Both of these beliefs have been supported by you in our recent listener survey. I’m currently working on getting the people and processes in place to do exactly this, with the goal of delivering at least one new member-exclusive deep dive series per calendar quarter. The existing library of content remains and will become even more valuable with the addition of each of these new releases.
It’s difficult to see valued contributors step away but the heart of Network Collective isn’t changing. I still am committed to the value of building community and producing content that helps networkers in all walks of their careers. Thanks for being a part of that mission and I’m looking forward to what the future has in store for Network Collective.