There are quite a few reasons why I love Durham, N.C. Home to Bronto’s headquarters, Durham is an awesome place to eat, play, live, and work. And most of my friends, many of whom are fellow Brontos, live there, which is why relocating to New York City was such a difficult decision. Regardless of how exciting the idea of living in the big city was, it meant leaving something great for something unknown.
We opened Bronto’s New York office in January, so I’ve been here for almost 11 months now. It’s been a fun ride, both professionally and personally. As the second N.Y.-based employee, I’ve had the opportunity to help develop Bronto’s presence in the Big Apple and ensure that essential elements of Bronto’s culture carry through to this office. That’s very important for me because our company culture has been a key part of my positive experience with Bronto.
It’s also been an incredible professional learning experience. We’re frequently involved with trade shows, partner events, and face-to-face meetings with prospective clients. While I experienced these things fairly regularly as an employee at HQ, I now get to participate in them on an almost weekly basis.
While the main goal of my move was great professional experience, there’s so much outside of work that’s been cool, too. I’ve only been to one play so far, despite the fact that there are about six theaters within a few blocks of my apartment. But I’ve witnessed some great comedians, including Dave Chappelle, Hannibal Buress, and Norm Macdonald, as well as an amazing night at the Comedy Cellar when Chris Rock dropped in and performed for 40 minutes. Thanks, Mom!
That’s saying nothing of concerts at Radio City, art at the Whitney and MoMA, cycling around Central Park, attending the U.S. Open, golf with a view of the skyline, watching one of the best rock climbers in the world at my climbing gym, partying with my friend/boss after his wedding, and so much more.
At times, it feels like I moved up here a lifetime ago. At others, it’s as if the past 11 months has flown by. In any case, the opportunity to relocate to a new city with a company I love has been more valuable than a simple blog post can capture. I’ll be back in N.C. some day, but for now, I’ll keep bingeing on street meat and crossing my fingers for an opportunity to photobomb Queen Bey.
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