Seven years ago, most people would have thought it insane to take on Google Analytics. Tony Haile did, and spectacularly: Chartbeat is now the dominant real-time analytics company for publishers. For Internet writers and editors and a huge diversity of publishers, Chartbeat is an indispensible, even iconic, tool. Speaking from personal experience at Digg, it’s addicting because it’s so useful, and so well-designed.

There are many ways to measure success — a formidable list of clients, strong and briskly growing revenues, the confidence of A-list investors like Index Ventures, DFJ, and Harmony — but the most impressive are (1) the strength and depth of the team you assembled, easily one of the most talented in NYC tech, and (2) the remarkable culture of Chartbeat, which is open, positive and mission-driven. (Just like you, perhaps not entirely coincidentally).

You’re handing off an amazing company with a bright future, in stellar shape, to a hand-picked successor CEO (John Saroff) who is himself a first-rate operator and gifted leader.

In sum: Great work. Enjoy your upcoming break; you’ve earned it.

Partner/co-founder: Higher Ground Labs. Venture fellow: betaworks. Board: Access Now, Public Knowledge. Nerd, really. <http://andrew.mclaughl.in>

Partner/co-founder: Higher Ground Labs. Venture fellow: betaworks. Board: Access Now, Public Knowledge. Nerd, really. <http://andrew.mclaughl.in>