Three Years at Mashable

I can’t believe it’s been three years since I wrote my first article for Mashable.

That article, Are Social Media Jobs Here to Stay?, was published on August 4, 2008.

Back then, I was a product manager, working on Facebook apps and working with my entrepreneurial mentor to grow Spine-health, a web health company. I was only a few months out of Northwestern, and I was living in Chicago, not Silicon Valley.

Oh, and there was no Google+, Twitter wasn’t even close to mainstream, Groupon hadn’t even launched, Android phones didn’t exist and George W. Bush was still President.

My, how things change.

I just want to take a moment to thank everybody who has helped me along this journey. Thank you especially to Pete Cashmore, Sharon Feder and Adam Ostrow for giving me the creative outlet that has been Mashable, to Jennifer Van Grove, who has been my long-time coworker and friend, to my entrepreneurial mentors Troy Henikoff and Mark Achler for guiding and advising me for so long, to my dear friends for keeping me smiling, to the fans of my work that have supported me these past three years, and to my family, who doesn’t always quite know what I do but love me anyway for it.

There are a few others that have a special place in my heart; you know who you are.

So what will the next three years bring? I don’t even know, so you’re just going to have to follow me to find out. 😉

I hope it will be an epic journey.

~ Ben

Above: My very first interview after joining Mashable. The photo, taken at the New Media Expo, includes Walt Ribeiro, Gary Vaynerchuk and Justine Ezaraik (aka iJustine).