Today Tim Harsch “officially” became a Co-Founder of Owler. I say “officially” because he has been a Co-Founder in all but name since before the company was founded.
This story starts back at Jigsaw, where Tim was the brightest in a long line of superstar interns sent my way by Board Member Jeff Crowe. Jeff is a Dartmouth alum and works hard to get Dartmouth grads to the Silicon Valley. He sent me many interns and they were all great. Tim stood out. He did a lot of projects for me personally at Jigsaw. He interned for us over two summers and even did work for us during the school year. I told him there was good news and bad news. The good news was that he was the best intern I ever had. The bad news was that if he didn’t come work for me upon graduation I was going to give him a horrible reference!
I pinged Tim a few months before his graduation and he agreed to join my new company, InfoArmy (now Owler), which wasn’t even founded yet. Before graduating from Dartmouth he spent huge amounts of his own time working on the InfoArmy concept. He was a critical part of every decision the founding team made. I didn’t make him a member of the founding team because he was young, and unproven from an operational perspective.
It took Tim all of about two weeks for me to realize that I made a mistake. We see very young people creating huge and important companies all over the Silicon Valley. Tim is a poster child for this phenomenon. He is razor sharp, mature beyond his years, and works like a demon. Tim has carried a huge and ever increasing load from the beginning. In addition to his first role of driving Product, Tim takes care of a broad swath of Owler’s operations – including the entire G&A function. Recently Tim was given responsibility for our second most critical asset – our data. (Our most critical asset is our employees).
At our last board meeting one of my Board Members, Patricia Nakache, suggested I consider giving Tim the Co-Founder title. I didn’t even know that such a thing was possible, and of course since then I’ve run into several examples where this has happened. Had I known this was an option it would have happened a LONG time ago.
It feels great to be able to give Tim what he deserves and should have had at the beginning – the title of Co-Founder. Please join my other Co-Founder, Rajan Madhavan, in thanking Tim for all his hard work and congratulating him on this much-deserved honor. Owler truly wouldn’t have happened without his efforts.