Seven Years at Farfetch

Today was my last working day at FARFETCH. I found myself sharing two stories at the office that had an impact on colleagues.

The first story is not mine.

I worked with an English colleague for ten years. He had worked at a small Engineering company in the UK before moving to Mafra. When a downsizing was needed, the managers met over the weekend and announced the layoffs Monday morning. By the same afternoon, the Engineers that stayed were back to work.

Meaning, although the months of anticipation and lack of communication were weird, I am glad that I am leaving five days after learning of my own layoff. Extending my stay would benefit neither myself nor those that are staying, because they need clarity to get their act together.

The second story is mine.

I was lucky enough to work for Altitude Software which, after failing an IPO during the dot-com crash, suffered through months of unpaid salaries and, eventually, laid off half its work force in 2002. The company would eventually dismiss me as well... twelve years later, after two changes of ownership and another round of layoffs.

Meaning, all is not lost for those who stay, even though we are definitely closing Chapter Two as announced by José Neves after the IPO. If this company is in trouble, it is because it dared to dream bigger than most, kept the startup spirit, and proceeded to loose a few bets that it could not afford to loose. There is a lesson here. Still, don't stop dreaming. Dream what's never been done, and give us Chapter Three of the Farfetch saga, now powered by Coupang.

And what about me?

I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work at Farfetch. I worked with bright and kind people. I was inspired by leadership with clear strategy and by managers that cared about people, while enjoying great workplaces cared by amazing office people.

For seven years, Farfetch provided for my family and coached me to grow. At the end of the day, what else can you ask for? I look forward to what will come next.