Reflecting on 5 Years Deedmob, introducing a new leadership team and looking ahead: A Letter from our Founder, CEO Boudewijn Wijnands
Dear Deedmob friends,
Today is a big day of change at Deedmob. I am sharing exciting news about our company’s future and a major leadership transition.
Over five years ago, a new idea to strengthen our local communities via technology was born at the University of Oxford. This idea was called Deedmob: Mobilising people to do great Deeds. Our mission was an idealistic one; strengthening local communities and making them more resilient. How? Via an innovative platform that would match, organise, and coordinate volunteers more effectively and measure community impact more accurately. We started developing this platform by trial and error with incredible early partners such as VC Utrecht, Vrijwilligerscentrale Nijmegen, Actief Roermond, and countless other organisations. As Deedmob, we also wanted to show that technology startups could be a significant force for good, while creating an ethical, sustainable business model and making revenue the right way.
This idea has now become a reality.
These are all great company highlights, but most importantly, our technology has actually helped our partners make more impact. Some examples I want to shed light on include the following:
Now, Deedmob has arrived at a new phase, from startup to scale-up, our mission continues
Our mission has not yet been completed. Local communities across the globe are facing more and more pressures. Our society is becoming older, lonelier, and poorer while environmental pressures are increasing, and people feel increasingly lacking purpose. Our society needs you, and you need our society. This is a transformational time for our local communities. We will need to depend more on each other than solely on ourselves. We can only get there if we work together.
Our communities’ challenges are urgent and will become more complex as time goes by. I believe it is Deedmob’s responsibility to help continue finding solutions to these challenges. These are societal challenges I deeply care about. A lot of great work is already being done by our current SaaS Deedmob platform tool, our team, our partners, and our volunteers, and we shall continue to do so. But despite all these great efforts, our society's challenges continue to grow daily. Therefore, I want to take more time to think of new additional ways in which Deedmob’s technology can help our ailing societies to become stronger, better, more equal and hopeful. For that reason, I have decided to resign from my day-to-day role as CEO of Deedmob in order to devote more time to solving these societal challenges with more distance from our current daily operations. Simultaneously, this has created the opportunity to boost our day-to-day leadership team, continuing and improving all the great work already being done together with our partners with a new CEO and CTO.
Welcome Levi and Tadeáš: the new Deedmob CEO & CTO!
It is with great pleasure that I can announce to you today an exciting new leadership transition at Deedmob. We appoint Levi Witbaard as our new CEO and Tadeáš Peták as CTO. Levi and Tadeáš will lead Deedmob by bringing tremendous experience, new insights and expertise to their roles and are well-suited to lead Deedmob in its next phase of growth and impact. Levi and Tadeáš are warm, kind, ambitious, and 110% committed to Deedmob’s mission: helping our partners grow and make more impact.
Both Levi and Tadeáš are more than qualified and motivated to take Deedmob to the next level. Until now, Levi has been our Head of Growth for the past year. In this role, he quickly demonstrated his ability to think strategically, structured, and he has a strong determination to transform ideas into reality; beyond his original scope of work. Tadeáš, being one of our Senior Engineers, captured our entire team’s minds and hearts with his skilful insights into the codebase, his friendly compassion towards his other colleagues, and his inspirational leadership skills. For both David and me, it was a logical next step for Levi and Tadeáš to lead Deedmob into the next phase. This phase will focus on growing Deedmob domestically and internationally while increasing our impact. Levi and Tadeáš form a strong team with complementary skillsets, from which our partners, team members and stakeholders will significantly benefit.
I am grateful to have worked with them for over a year while preparing for this leadership transition. I have learned a lot from both gentlemen in this process. Levi and Tadeáš have brought excellent new ideas, energy and creativity to Deedmob. I am very excited about the next phase of Deedmob under their new day-to-day leadership and will support them in our shared mission to grow Deedmob and make it even more impactful. I will do this by serving as the Founder, Chairman of Deedmob. Adjacent to all the great work already being done by the Deedmob team and her partners, I will devote more time to thinking and developing new innovative solutions and partnerships to help solve our growing community’s challenges.
[Lees meer in de officiële verklaring van Deedmob].
Thank you and let’s go
At this time, I also want to express how incredibly grateful I am for my Co-Founder, CTO David Furlong, founding team members Hendrik-Jan Overmeer and Tycho Onnasch, and our longest team member Gerbrand Holland. They all believed in Deedmob's original idea and helped bring it to where it is today. Also, I want to express gratitude to our current and former team members, volunteers, partners, journalists, investors, and even competitors who keep us sharp.
This is an exciting time for Deedmob and our partners. I am confident that our company, its mission and community commitment are in great day-to-day hands with Levi, Tadeáš and the rest of the team. I am convinced that together in this new internal organisational team structure, we can bring Deedmob to a new level, helping our current partners better, welcoming more partners and thereby helping to build more resilient communities.
This Deedmob transformation will enable us to work towards the future in an even better, coordinated way that is built upon passion and commitment from everyone involved.Our Deedmob mission is not over. We just got started. Our original slogan said at the time, ‘Do Good Better’. It is now time to make it together even Greater. Let’s go!
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