If you follow Wesabe on Twitter, you know that a few weeks ago, Jason Knight, our CEO, and his wife Jane welcomed a new son into their family. Unfortunately, their son was born with a serious respiratory disorder, and has been in and out of intensive care since his birth. While the prognosis for his long-term health is good, he has required and will continue to require very close care for a period of years. The amount of care and attention Jason’s son and whole family need at this point have led Jason to decide that he must resign from his position at Wesabe and focus on his son’s health.
Everyone at Wesabe supports Jason in his decision, and we all wish him and his family the best for the full and complete recovery of their son’s health. Of course, no one can see any other alternative for him but to make this choice. At the same time, everyone here is extremely sad to be losing Jason as our CEO.
As Jason’s co-founder, it is very easy for me to say that Wesabe would not exist but for his work. I first began talking about the ideas behind Wesabe in 2004, and nearly everyone I spoke with told me that asking people to manage and talk about their money on a Web site was completely crazy. There were two people who immediately and strongly supported what I was proposing to undertake: my wife, who has always been a wonderful supporter for me; and Jason. I have known Jason since we were each 14, and in all that time we’ve shared many ideas about the world and many ambitions for changing it. While Jason often disagreed with my ideas for businesses, and I with his, when we started talking about Wesabe it became clear very quickly that this was the right idea at the right time. During a particularly frustrating time in the lead-up to the company’s founding, I thought about giving up on the project, but Jason offered to keep working on it without me if necessary. We both made it possible for the other to keep going through those early, hard times of getting a company started, and Wesabe exists today as a result.
Unlike then, today Wesabe has a fantastic group of employees, members, supporters, partners, and investors, all of whom make the site the fantastic world it is today, and will continue to be into the future. I will be stepping in as Wesabe’s interim CEO, a position I’ve held before and am happy to hold for this great company. While we all are extremely regretful not to have Jason with us at the company, we won’t for a moment stop on the path to building out Wesabe’s future.
Please join me in wishing Jason and his family all the best.