2,446 Articles Later, A Goodbye to Mashable

Dear friends, family, colleagues and supporters,

Friday, November 18, was my last day at Mashable. I want to thank the Mashable team for 3+ amazing years. They truly have been the best years of my life.

I also want to thank everybody who has been part of my journey. Your help and kindness have been constant sources of strength. I don’t know what I would have done without you.

During my time at Mashable, I wrote 2,446 articles, explored the technology world through my column and interviewed everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Mark Zuckerberg.

But most of all, I learned so much from the thousands of entrepreneurs that I have met. I will not forget their struggles, their triumphs and their ideas. I wish I could have written more of their stories. It was a true honor.

As for what’s next: I am considering several opportunities right now and will definitely keep you all posted as to my future plans. I want to leverage the national platform that I have built and use it to help, empower and reach as many people as I can. I’m exploring options in the media world, the entertainment world, the startup world, the venture capital world and elsewhere. But as always, I’m open to suggestions.

I do intend to continue writing and commentating about the technology and entrepreneurial world, though. Therefore, I will continue my Social Analyst column on BenParr.com for now.

I remain an advisor to NerdsUnite Productions, Tracks.by, Code Academy, Women 2.0 and a few other startups. And I am always interested in working with other brilliant entrepreneurs with ambitious business ideas.

As I’ve told many people, the driving philosophy in my life is this: I have the ability and thus the responsibility to change the world for the better. I want to find a way to empower every person on the planet, so they can pursue their dreams. Today begins the next stage of my journey to fulfill that purpose.

If you want to chat, I can be reached at ben[at]benparr[dot]com. My Gchat is also ben[at]benparr[dot]com, and you can find me on Skype as ben_parr. And of course, I can be found on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

Thank you all. I know we will have the opportunity to work together to make a dent in the universe.

Cheers,
~ Ben

Image courtesy of Flickr, Altus

  • http://jessicagottlieb.com JessicaGottlieb

    I can’t wait to see what you do next. 

    Make that dent full of goodness. 

  • http://scottmonty.com scottmonty

    Congratulations on a great run, Ben. Best wishes to you in your next venture!

  • http://faleafine.com NEENZ

    All the best to you Ben, I look forward to the new path in your journey.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Good luck, Ben.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Good luck, Ben.

  • http://www.ricardobueno.com Ricardo Bueno

    Congratulations on all that you’ve accomplished there Ben. And best wishes to what’s next!

  • http://www.ricardobueno.com Ricardo Bueno

    Congratulations on all that you’ve accomplished there Ben. And best wishes to what’s next!

  • http://twitter.com/HilzFuld Hillel Fuld

    Good luck, Ben. You have a real talent and I am certain wherever you end up, you will continue to make a difference in all the worlds you listed above.

  • http://twitter.com/HilzFuld Hillel Fuld

    Good luck, Ben. You have a real talent and I am certain wherever you end up, you will continue to make a difference in all the worlds you listed above.

  • http://www.webguide4u.com Vivek Parmar

    All the best Ben, best wishes for the future plans..

  • http://www.webguide4u.com Vivek Parmar

    All the best Ben, best wishes for the future plans..

  • http://twitter.com/TechNoLeGirL Heather Johnson

    You are a true inspiration.

    -Heather “TechNoleGirl” Johnson

  • http://twitter.com/TechNoLeGirL Heather Johnson

    You are a true inspiration.

    -Heather “TechNoleGirl” Johnson

  • http://www.facebook.com/tattoos1 Rob

    Much success Ben!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tattoos1 Rob

    Much success Ben!

  • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

    Bets of luck – good to meet you in Dublin.

  • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

    Bets of luck – good to meet you in Dublin.

  • http://twitter.com/Snavski Martin Evans

    Good luck Ben :)

  • http://twitter.com/Snavski Martin Evans

    Good luck Ben :)

  • Shaan

    cant wait for this much need dent :)

  • Shaan

    cant wait for this much need dent :)

  • http://www.weidentify.co.uk Kevin Hudson

    Hey Ben, congratulations on 3+ fantastic years of work at Mashable, you’ve created a huge, and deserved, fan base for yourself. I wish you the best of luck for the future in whatever it is you choose to dedicate your time too. 

    I think you’d work wonders in the tech startup industry, due to the undoubtedly large knowledge base that you’ve created from interviewing so many tech entrepreneurs at the various stages of business and success, coupled with the passion, knowledge and skills that you already possessed and have enhanced. Whatever it is you do next, one thing is certain, you’ll add immense value. Good luck.

  • http://www.weidentify.co.uk Kevin Hudson

    Hey Ben, congratulations on 3+ fantastic years of work at Mashable, you’ve created a huge, and deserved, fan base for yourself. I wish you the best of luck for the future in whatever it is you choose to dedicate your time too. 

    I think you’d work wonders in the tech startup industry, due to the undoubtedly large knowledge base that you’ve created from interviewing so many tech entrepreneurs at the various stages of business and success, coupled with the passion, knowledge and skills that you already possessed and have enhanced. Whatever it is you do next, one thing is certain, you’ll add immense value. Good luck.

  • Susie Sharp

    I eagerly look forward to the adventure on your mission. Peace and blessings, go forth and multiply your goodness!

  • Susie Sharp

    I eagerly look forward to the adventure on your mission. Peace and blessings, go forth and multiply your goodness!

  • http://twitter.com/ckawa Caroline Kawashima

    Thanks for all the great posts, Ben.  Best of luck to you and eager to hear about your next adventure.  The fact that you appreciate that you have the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better speaks volumes about your integrity and character.

  • http://twitter.com/ckawa Caroline Kawashima

    Thanks for all the great posts, Ben.  Best of luck to you and eager to hear about your next adventure.  The fact that you appreciate that you have the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better speaks volumes about your integrity and character.

  • novenator

    Thanks for everything you’ve done Ben.  Let us know where you end up.

  • novenator

    Thanks for everything you’ve done Ben.  Let us know where you end up.

  • http://twitter.com/erickd ErickD

    Best of luck in your journey! Can’t wait to see what comes next!

  • http://twitter.com/erickd ErickD

    Best of luck in your journey! Can’t wait to see what comes next!

  • http://www.twitter.com/Shih_Wei Veronica Sopher

    I remember following and tweeting with you along your big move to CA by car. Was that really over 2,000 articles ago? :)  Congrats on all that you’ve accomplished, and I’m sure we will see a lot more good stuff from you. Cheers!

  • Jay

    Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.

  • http://www.octechnophile.com David Amodt

    good luck Ben. Twit and Leo needs to bring you on more often.

  • http://kosso.co.uk kosso

    Best of luck!

  • http://www.twitter.com/heycheri Sherilynn Macale

    Good luck with absolutely everything.

  • http://twitter.com/BuzzEdition Susan Elaine Cooper

    Wishing you happiness in whatever you choose to do. It’s an honor to know you. ~hugs~

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Mathews/501503835 Dave Mathews

    Excited for your adventure Ben.  Time flies, so make sure that you are having fun!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Mathews/501503835 Dave Mathews

    Excited for your adventure Ben.  Time flies, so make sure that you are having fun!

  • Laura Hudson

    Change is never easy but it can result in greatness!  Wishing you greatness!

  • Laura Hudson

    Change is never easy but it can result in greatness!  Wishing you greatness!

  • Anonymous

    good luck and success with your new plans :) 

  • http://twitter.com/kristy Kristy Bolsinger

    Congratulations on the freedom to explore new opportunities. I have no doubt you will make the world a better place in your way. If there is ever anything I can do to support you – you got it!

  • Benka moni

    Good luck, Ben.

  • http://www.jonlim.ca/ Jon Lim

    Looking forward to what happens next, bud.

  • http://www.MarketingProfessor.com Travis Campbell

    Kudos to you Ben. Thanks for all you have done to enrich the lives of those in the tech community globally. Looking forward to your next step!

  • Dan

    Thanks for your great articles. Good luck, Ben.

  • http://facebook.com/sociallycongruent Phyllis Khare

    I made an audible gasp when I read the news last night, but after reading this I’m looking forward to what you do next. As in all things, enjoy.

  • http://twitter.com/jeevajay Jeeva Vijay Prasath

    all the best ben…

  • Anonymous

    Best of luck. You’ll kill em :)

  • http://twitter.com/kflores Kevin Flores

    An amazing run!  Look forward to what’s next for you.

  • http://www.newcommglobal.com Lucie Newcomb

    To your best next steps, Ben.  Thanks for taking us to the Edge with you.

  • http://www.newcommglobal.com Lucie Newcomb

    To your best next steps, Ben.  Thanks for taking us to the Edge with you.

  • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

    Good luck Ben!

  • http://www.winrumors.com Tom W

    Good luck Ben!

  • http://twitter.com/mattdotconn Matt Conn

    Best of luck! Great hanging out with you around the Valley and will see you around :)

  • http://twitter.com/fcseh Frank Cseh

    Keep the noise up, and good luck Ben. 

  • Anonymous

    Ok, but… what happened?

  • http://thinkmaya.com Maya Bisineer

    Ben ,
    Congrats on the impact you had at Mashable and all the very best on your future explorations. You have a great journey ahead of you :)

  • Leroy Rowland

    Good luck Ben!

  • http://twitter.com/Jen_Charlton Jen Charlton

    Looking forward to seeing all the amazing things you’ll accomplish next!

  • Anonymous

    Your articles have been inspiring and knowledgeable Ben. All the best in your endeavors :) 

    Sending Love from New Zealand

    John

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1322809127 Shalene Shimer

    What a shame, you will be missed!  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1322809127 Shalene Shimer

    What a shame, you will be missed!  

  • Suzy Tonini

    I love these statements as they seem to align to my values 100%: “As I’ve told many people, the driving philosophy in my life is this: I have the ability and thus the responsibility to change the world for the better. I want to find a way to empower every person on the planet, so they can pursue their dreams. Today begins the next stage of my journey to fulfill that purpose.”Do let me know if I can assist in this great mission. And congrats!

  • http://technbiz.blogspot.com paramendra

    Become a venture capitalist/angel investor. That is what Mike @Arrington did. :-)  

  • http://twitter.com/mccochran mccochran

    Good luck, Ben and thanks for all your interesting articles.

  • http://twitter.com/MelissaHourigan MelissaHourigan

    Best of luck to you in your next chapter

  • Anonymous

    Grats. You make me want to apply to a Mashable internship! Good luck! :D

  • http://ariherzog.com Ari Herzog

    Good for you, Ben! I’ve enjoyed your writings over the years and imagine you’ll do great wherever you wind up! By leveraging the national platform, are you considering anything in the political sphere?

  • Liz Pullen

    Good luck with what I’m sure will be an amazing future!

  • http://twitter.com/jeremyporter Jeremy Porter

    Best of luck Ben. I hope your next adventure finds you waking up every morning loving what you’re doing (again). Thanks for your contributions in and outside of Mashable – we’ve learned a lot from you.

  • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

    All the best to you Ben!! A new journey begins for you!!

  • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

    Much success to you Ben in all your future endeavors. As one door closes, another one opens. 

  • http://500hats.typepad.com davemc500hats

    beers soon :)

    happy turkey day buddy!

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Best of luck !! will be looking forward to hear what you’ll be doing.

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Best of luck !! will be looking forward to hear what you’ll be doing.

  • http://www.guidingtech.com Abhijeet Mukherjee

    Wishing you all the success with your upcoming endeavors Ben. All the best!

  • http://www.yodelay.com Duncan Johnson

    Good man Ben…

    I share you philathropic nature… doors will be flying open to you if they haven’t already

    We also believe in our ability to change for the world for the better and we also have a few ideas we would to share with you.

    Enjoy your travels… hope Paris is a blast

  • http://twitter.com/webaddict Joel Mackey

    I’m late to the party but wanted to thank you for all your awesome articles, insights and I look forward to seeing what you do next.