After more than 11 years at IMVU (the equivalent of three Silicon Valley lifetimes), I’m a free agent.
My experiences at IMVU were hugely rewarding – I had the privilege of working with truly exceptional people, evolving through different roles (from VP to CEO), solving some really challenging problems, learning, growing, and helping create a successful business.
IMVU is Much Deeper Than Most People Realize
I worked on products that made a meaningful difference in the lives of many customers. In my customer interviews, I talked to people that met their best friends, people that found their life partner, people that could only find acceptance for who they really are because their community was intolerant, people that found families and support groups, and people that just found a little delight in what IMVU provided.
IMVU also has Creators that make and sell content, and for some of these people IMVU provided everything from a little extra spending money to a full time job. I met a woman that covered her medical bills with the money she made as a Creator.
There are a lot of people in the world that are better off because of their experiences on IMVU.
IMVU Has a Great Future
I am excited and optimistic about the future of the company. 2016 was a record year and the company is transitioning from a PC only product to mobile – in December IMVU for iPhone was 7th best grossing in the Social category and 125th top grossing in all of the app store.
The new products have a great design focus with content and features that are relevant to how people communicate today. And the team is amazing – I have 100% confidence in their ability to deliver great product experiences. If anybody is looking for a great company with a lot of opportunities, I highly recommend considering joining the team at IMVU.
Next Steps for Brett
As for what’s next for me, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to catch-up with friends and do some much-needed backpacking. I need to be sure about what I’m really passionate about before I jump into anything, so I’ll be looking at the cool things people are working on and what interesting problems need to be solved. If you hear about either, please let me know!