As I wrote in my previous blog post: “[l]ife is a journey with a fixed origin and a known destination but a peripatetic path full of yet-to-be-discovered waypoints.”

The irony of starting with that quote again isn’t lost on me; when I embarked on a new journey with Marco, I fully expected to be there for several years, helping to grow an already amazing tech team and tackle some hard challenges. And while it wasn’t meant to be, one thing I’m sure of is that the Marco team&emdash;especially the tech team&emdash;will knock it out of the ballpark.

So what’s next for me? I’m not sure, but I plan on getting back to doing what I like best: R&D and writing code. Right now I’m thinking of focusing on my own startup, which I had put on the backburner while I focused (perhaps obsessively) on my work at Ripple and, then, at Marco. That’s not to say that I’m not open to other opportunities; I am. But, to be able to devote my time and energy on something that I’m building from scratch, and where I get to make all the decisions (for better or worse) is exciting.

One thing I am sure of: whatever is next, it’s going to be fun.