Goodbye Wimba

Both the beginning and the end came head-spinningly fast. The middle seems like a dream—did I work in New York? Take the Acela every week? Have that great apartment? Did I really go to Orlando three times in the first six months of 2010? From the vantage point of life as I’m living it today, it’s hard to believe it was real.

Here’s what was real. At Wimba, Carol and I found a culture that cared deeply about its customers and its mission in education, a core team of managers and team members who worked hard and got their jobs done through thick and thin, and a market hungry for new and better ways to teach and learn. All Carol and I had to do was not mess that up.

We tried to add “Say What You’re Going to Do, Do What You Say” accountability to management, create a simple narrative about how we could help our customers and integrate exciting technology advances into our products. We didn’t get to finish, but it’s amazing how much was accomplished in such a short time.

My personal proudest moment at Wimba came in a conference room with an expansive view of Boston Harbor. I sat with the Blackboard due diligence team and, with no preparation, walked them through every single person on the Wimba org chart. For 100+ people, I knew every person’s current job, background before coming to Wimba, and what they were working on now.

So whether you are staying with Collaborate or moving on to other adventures, know that what you did at Wimba was known and deeply appreciated. I hope you will always be proud of your accomplishments.

I already miss my time and Wimba, and wish the best to all of you.


3 thoughts on “Goodbye Wimba

  1. Barb,

    Thank you so much for the time you dedicated. It was great fun working with you, even though it was only a short time it was so refreshing! I appreciate your caliber of expertise and honesty. You made a difference in my life both personally and professionally, thank you. You are missed. I wish you the best.


  2. It may feel like a loss to you, but as with WebCT, I have no doubt that many will feel the loss of your wise counsel, integrity and warmth.

    p.s. if you haven’t seen the new Sherlock (as in Sherlock Holmes) series done by the BBC, its lots of fun. I think they have it on PBS and its on DVD in November:

    p.p.s I haven’t forgotten I owe you a copy of my bound dissertation. I should be getting them back from the binders this week

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