I have been missing in action for the last few weeks because my life has been a whirl wind and if any of you are following me on Twitter you are already aware that I have been busily moving from the Skagit Valley area down to Seattle and started a new position with Apex Learning. This new position, while certainly adding a lot more to my plate will not be taking away from my key focal points with projects online and I completely plan on delivering content and services for all of you guys!
Some of you may be wondering, “Who the heck is Apex Learning?”. Apex Learning (in a nut shell) offers a suite of digital curriculum for grades 9-12. They are in a hyper-growth stage and have been on a hiring spree to manage the growth, which in my opinion can lead to the most interesting culture within a company.
Apex was originally founded by Paul Allen and had their first “real” funding come from Vulcan (a Paul Allen VC firm). The company has had a sorted past trying to find it’s footing within the industry and figuring out how the secondary education market works from a business perspective. While they are a digital/technology based company, make sure you don’t call them a technology company. In the words of management, “Apex is an education company that uses technology as a mode of transportation.” This distinction is interesting because it highlights the type of culture that the company employs to define who they are with their audience, educational institutions.
Why the move?
I was at a point in my life that called for a change, and a graduation of sorts in responsibility. Now that I am done with Washington State University and have been expanding my network, I was looking to throw myself into a larger base of people that share my interests and skill sets. Working with Apex Learning helps me accomplish my geographical goals, stabilize personal revenues (still not taking a paycheck from a number of my projects to reinvest as much as possible into growing them as an asset), network with like minded people, and to better understand corporate structure.
Sorry I have been gone so long, I hope to be back to a regular schedule asap!