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Farewell

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Adam Wagner
My decision to join Go Media after graduating college was pretty simple. It went something like this:

“I won’t be happy doing anything else knowing
the team at Go Media is creating amazing things.”

Well, I had no idea that the adventures in store would be as wonderful as they turned out to be.

In the last four years, I’ve had the privilege to participate in the move-in to a beautiful warehouse studio, conversations and relationships with all of you reading this, the evolution of Weapons of Mass Creation from an ad campaign to a cutting-edge design conference, a folk-punk band with Go Media partner Jeff Finley, dozens of advances in the Arsenal product line, the birth of an industrial design studio by Chris Comella (2nd Shift), the encouragement and support to fulfill the dream to build a recording studio (Bad Racket), and the chance to work on a dream project: build the ultimate project management tool (Proof Lab).

I’ll be leaving renaissance Cleveland and Go Media in April to do product design for Copilot, a tech startup in San Francisco. As you can tell, the decision to leave was NOT easy, but one of the most important lessons I learned here is to do uncomfortable things. I am young and life is long. I expect our paths to cross again, and look forward to it.

Of all the things that have happened, the mentorship and camaraderie are the most memorable. It hardly needs said, but the people at Go Media are amazing, passionate, skilled, kind, wise – I could go on, but I won’t! Before our newest family member, Marissa, was officially hired, she said something like “Bill seems a like a great guy to work for”. All I could say was “…and it’s all true!”. Every day at Go Media, including this one, the passion, talent, wisdom, ambition, and work ethic of the people here have kept a candle lit in my chest.

As if this post hasn’t been syrupy enough, I’ll close by saying my years at Go Media have been the best of my life. I’ll never forget the kindness shown to me here, and I can’t wait to see what surprises the team comes up with next.

About the Author, Adam Wagner

I'm a marketer, designer, armchair singer/songwriter, wannabe theoretical physicist/philosopher and recent college grad trying to pack as much living as possible into each day. Working at Go Media makes this pretty easy. Catch me on Twitter!!
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  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.knerem Steve Knerem

    Gonna miss you Adam. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know you and working with you on various projects. I think I told Bill that he’s losing a major player, not that I needed to make him feel any worse but everyone at Go Media is a key component but I’m sure they won’t skip a beat. So…bro hug?

    And I’ll ask it now because everyone is thinking it
    Does the headband go or stay???????? All the best bro!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Steve :)
    It’s been great getting to know you.  Luckily I can stay abreast of what’s going on through the internets :)Well, the headband will stay on my head as needed.  I actually got a haircut this morning, so it’s chillin in my back pocket for now.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Steve :)
    It’s been great getting to know you.  Luckily I can stay abreast of what’s going on through the internets :)Well, the headband will stay on my head as needed.  I actually got a haircut this morning, so it’s chillin in my back pocket for now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.knerem Steve Knerem

    Headband=Adam’s superpower…ssshhhh, I won’t say anything.

  • Anonymous

    We will miss you Adam! The office will not be the same without you.
    :-(

    Good luck at Copilot!

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    The past month has allowed me (us) to ease into your departure which has helped, but it was definitely a blow when you first told us. You will certainly be missed Adam, and you’re always welcome to contribute to Go Media from wherever you are! You will always be part of the family. Bro hug :-)

  • Nate Klaiber

    Sad you are leaving Go Media, and it was always a pleasure working with you. Best of luck in your new ventures! You know you will miss the snow. ha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Quakerninja Daniel J. Newman

    I miss you already. Have fun on your next adventure.

  • http://twitter.com/MooreClick Caroline Moore

    I’m sure Cleveland will miss you, but best of luck out on the other coast. Can’t wait to see what you come up with out there.

  • http://simonh.me Simon H.

    Godspeed my good sir!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jnicklo Joe Nicklo

    Wherever you go, you’ll be doing amazing work as usual. 

  • Anonymous

    Take care on the next leg of life’s journey!  Was great to meet you and maybe we’ll cross paths in CA or otherwise in the future.

  • http://twitter.com/BrainStormz Cladio Juliano

    Farewell Adam! I’ve read many of your write ups over the years. You’re contributions to the zine will be missed. I wish you the best in your future endeavors! All of you guys have influenced me to get better and keep progressing with time and to hopefully one day be at the level everyone at Gomeida is at. When i first had the idea of opening up my print shop and firm it was Gomedia who i got the most information from. You guy’s give back and really care about what you do. In fact, i’ve learned more from reading this website than any class i’ve taken. I can send Jeff a facebook message and he always gets back to me. Same goes for Bill. I’ve spoken to Adam on twitter. You’re just all really awesome people and great inspirations. 

  • http://twitter.com/BrainStormz Cladio Juliano

    Farewell Adam! I’ve read many of your write ups over the years. You’re contributions to the zine will be missed. I wish you the best in your future endeavors! All of you guys have influenced me to get better and keep progressing with time and to hopefully one day be at the level everyone at Gomeida is at. When i first had the idea of opening up my print shop and firm it was Gomedia who i got the most information from. You guy’s give back and really care about what you do. In fact, i’ve learned more from reading this website than any class i’ve taken. I can send Jeff a facebook message and he always gets back to me. Same goes for Bill. I’ve spoken to Adam on twitter. You’re just all really awesome people and great inspirations. 

  • Anonymous

    You’ll be missed Adam! (I wrote a nice comment on my ‘smart phone’ professing what a treat it has been to have you on the team. But then the browser crashed.) Maybe you’ll pop in once in a while with a zine article?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/raji.purcell Raji Purcell

    From Adam’s first email in response to my internship application at Go Media, to our phone interview where I realized “this dude is awesome!”, to after my internship, Adam has been a great friend and mentor to me. Always willing to help out, even if its just advice with silly poems I write. I’m certain he will be missed at GM.

  • William_Beachy

    I miss Adam already – and he hasn’t even left town yet. I can say without reservation that when Adam rattled off all those wonderful attributes about Go Media, he was talking about himself. He’s among the coolest, smartest and hardest working people I’ve ever met. I’m excited to see where the future takes all of us and I do hope our paths will cross again. 

  • William_Beachy

    YOU’RE MY BOY BLUE!