Earlier today news broke that Heather Harde, CEO of TechCrunch, was leaving Aol at the end of the year. During my nine months at TechCrunch, I worked closley with Heather (she was my boss) and had a few thoughts that I wanted to share regarding this announcement and my experience working with her.
Heather is probably the hardest working person I’ve ever met. Emails would be answered almost immediately, no matter what time of day it was. Whenever I would be at the office, Heather was there. Late into the night, Heather was always working. Even with her busy schedule, there was never a moment where I felt I couldn’t approach Heather for advice or help.
I can say decisively that Heather is the best CEO I’ve ever worked for. Although my time at TechCrunch was shorter than I had hoped, just having the opportunity to work with someone like Heather was an exciting experience. She taught me not only how to work effectively in high-stress situations but also how to become a better project manager. The work ethic and management skills I admired in Heather, are ones that I try to adapt myself.
The way Heather was able to take TechCrunch, and make it into a growing business, is extremely commendable. Being even a small part of that process, makes me feel proud.
As you’ll probably read from my former colleagues, the message is very clear and similar — Heather was an extremely hard working CEO who helped make TechCrunch into what it is now.
I can’t wait to see what Heather does next, and wish her the best of luck.