I got fired from my dream job (Golem). Here’s why.

Update: I gotta put my pride aside and publish that, I think I done goofed. 

While I didn’t agree with some of the transparency decision Julian and the team made, none of them were any sort of major transgression & I should have either followed the CEO’s rules or stopped working with them. To keep working with them and think that I could change Julian’s mind by action was a risk, and probably not one worth taking. 

C’est la vie. The 40x increase of worth of the Golem Network Token (and therefore Golem itself) lends an extra sting to my fuckup… though its a bit salved by the investment in GNT I made at the ICO. 

And hey, most of the best lessons are learned from experience.


 

TL;DR: I believe in transparent and open communication as a startup. Julian & the Golem team are more into moderation and controlling the message. I still hold a large portion of my net worth in GNT, I still think GNT is going to be a world-changing company, and I wish the team the best of luck. But know, if you are a Golem user, that you will have to look elsewhere than in the Golem-controlled channels to learn everything that is happening.

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A few days ago the worth of 1 GNT (Golem Network Token) roughly doubled. Which peaked it at an aprox 460% increase since the ICO in November (yes, it was an ICO. They have to call it a crowdfunding event for legal purposes but when you sell coins for the first time, that the definition of an Initial Coin Offering. This is, however, my personal opinion and in no way the view of Golem Factory GmbH).

At the time, that made GNT about 29% of my total net worth.

I was quite excited.

So, with my personal Facebook and my personal reddit accounts, I shared the good news.

Golem Network Tokens Increase

 

 

 

 

 

….Yesterday, our CEO Julian fired me for doing so.

Eddy Azar fired from Golem

 

Now he’s not wrong for firing me. They’d told me they don’t like this kinda stuff before (they want to have a permanent no-comment stance on price fluctuations to avoid coming off as a scam or shitcoin), and I had persisted despite that. Like I said in the TL;DR, I have a deep philosophical stance on truth and transparency. Which is why I am publicly stating that I am not with Golem any longer. And why I’m not complying with Julian’s demand that I delete my previous threads.

I’m a bit pissed that they would fire such a passionate team member over something like this… but like I said, it’s not for me to decide. I accept it.

I can’t wait to see what Golem becomes. I will continue to hold my GNT, I will be among the first to use Brass Golem when it’s released, I will gush about the coolness of Golem to friends.

Julian is, overall, a god damned wonderful boss. I’ve had dozens of bosses, and he’s in my top three favourite. Work for him if you get the chance.

The rest of the team is the kind of hyper-smart that makes me pretty sure I’m the dumbest guy in the room. I hold no ill-will towards them at all.

That said, I believe the community deserves to know what is happening in the creation of an app that will be global, open sourced, and likely paradigm shifting in it’s impact.

So…. now you know.

Cheers,
– Eddy Azar

P.S. Needless to say, I am now looking to join a new bad-ass project in the blockchain space. I helped Golem raise 820,000 ETH in 29 minutes, gotten my projects on The Daily Mail, Yahoo News, TechCrunch, Lifehacker, etc., taken my personal review blog from 0 to 14040 views and 29% read ratios (on >2000 word blog posts) in 1 month, and co-founded the Bitcoin communities in Bali and Singapore.

Uhm…. you’re gonna have to be pretty transparent or we’ll likely find ourselves somewhere like here ;P

You can see all my work and contact me at mywork.eddyazar.com.

5 Comments +

  1. FYI if you are part of a “crowdfunding” but then start calling it an ICO or an investment, very likely government prosecuters can pierce right thought that defense and cite some of your posts demonstrating it was actually an ICO.

    Likely one of the main reasons they want to avoid that discussion is to avoid legal consequences of calling an ICO a crowdfunding event. In the US, both are illegal so I am assuming they’re outside the US legal framework.

  2. Hey Eddy, I read your post with curiosity. I was wondering – what was Golem’s reason for the “no comments on trading” policy? If the reason was to not create additional arguments for financial institutions to come with a tax or legal control, than I think it is OK. We – cryptocommunity – all struggle with the traditional financial institutions and regulators these days, and these disputes, court cases and controls are an extremely time consuming exercise, even for founders experienced with taxes and well equipped with an army of lawyers. The world is in a transition-phase, regulations change, and simply sometimes it’s better for the project to avoid entering these discussions and focus on development. A simple tax control can sometimes go as far as killing a project, simply because the energy of the founders is going to discussion with bureaucrats, rather than into development.

    If, however, Golem wants to hide something from the community, than of course it’s a different story. I doubt however that they would have bad intentions.

    What do you think? :-)

  3. Sorry to hear that son.
    Take this as a great experience and life lesson and move on to bigger and better opportunities. So long as you learn from this, you will be better for it.
    Mum

  4. Jesus, man… I found this when I was researching investment data on Golem and you popped up in first page results. If you SEO’d this you should consider removing it for your reputation’s sake.

    This post is going to be bittersweet but brutally honest, as I felt compelled to try and provide a point-of-view I wish someone had given me 10 years sooner. You appear to be very young in career maturity and you’re lucky it happened now so you can learn and move forward.

    Pro-tip: criticism is your best-friend; unless you make it your enemy. Remember that as the lashings persist below.

    TL;DR
    In my perspective and honest opinion, you definitely earned that termination.

    From the stance of a milennial who’s been there, fk’d up, and done similar/worse 2x over: I empathize with your pain. There’s nothing worse than having your “dreamjob” ripped away for reasons you feel are moot. Your ambition and enthusiasm you displayed for your job on social media was shunned when it should have been applauded, right? Wrong, unfortunately.

    From the stance of someone who’s worked in Sales/Marketing for the last 10 years for several Silicon Valley startups: I can’t express how infuriating it is as a comms specialist to be undermined/disregarded by any member of the company.

    Think of your company’s brand as an unborn child. A fetus [brand]. Rapidly growing, but incredibly delicate to even the slightest change in climate. A mother [marketing team] does everything to ensure the child is born healthy and in a safe environment. Sometimes the mother has to take extreme measure to protect the fetus, and seldom thinks twice before taking executive action on a potential threat. From the sounds of it she was quite generous with you, but you continued to assault her with gutpunches. Enter father [CEO] to handle the dirty work. The work I genuinely WISH that my CEO would have provided the many intern’s with extra chromosomes who routinely disregarded our brand restrictions or NDAs. You were definitely lucky to have worked/learned from him. @Julian, I hope we cross paths in business someday.

    This post is entirely meant to be helpful with no malintent. I hope that you learn from the mistakes and swiftly land on your feet. This wasn’t your dreamjob, it was your first dreamjob.

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