Marc Barros steps down from wearable camera maker Contour, says it’s time for ‘fresh legs’

Marc Barros

Marc Barros is stepping down as CEO of Contour, the fast-growing Seattle maker of helmet-mounted cameras used in action sports such as mountain biking and snowboarding.

In a blog post titled “Moving On,” Barros writes that it was time for a change at the company.

“It’s hard to believe that over nine years has passed since we began in my parents’ house,” writes Barros. “I can still remember nervously asking my uncle to co-sign our first loan of $50K so we could start the company. I had no idea if we would lose it all or become a meaningful business.”

Contour has become a meaningful business for sure, and while it is still smaller than rival GoPro it has capitalized on the rise of extreme action sports. Last year, Contour ranked No. 277 on the Inc. 500 list with 2011 revenue of $27.3 million and three-year revenue growth of 1,303 percent.

“One of the most difficult decisions in my life, the company needs fresh legs and a leader with a different set of experiences,” writes Barros, who started the company as part of the University of Washington business plan competition.

Steve Moore is serving as interim CEO as the company looks for a new leader.

“It has some great people that I know will continue to do great things,” said Barros in an email to GeekWire.

“For now I’m traveling the world and helping other start-ups,” says Barros in his blog post. “And although I don’t yet know what my next company will be, I have learned that I am a creator. Being an entrepreneur is my passion and building great companies is my destiny.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Devin-Miller/100001051294818 Devin Miller

    Best of luck with the new project Marc!

  • http://twitter.com/nparekh00 Nikesh Parekh

    Good luck Marc on your next adventure

    • http://marcbarros.com/ Marc Barros

      Thanks, I’m excited about what comes next.

  • Guest

    Impressed not only by what he has accomplished, but also the recognition that the company needed a different skill set going forward. Can think of several other companies where the incumbent CEO hasn’t been able or willing to accept that. Hopefully both will go on to bigger and better things.

  • MJ

    Had the pleasure to hear Marc speak last year. Inspiring is an understatement. Brilliant does him no justice. Enjoy the travels, can’t wait to hear what’s next!

  • http://twitter.com/fijiaaron Aaron Evans

    Marc Barros was a great mentor for me at a Startup event a few years ago. His simple advice and positive attitude really helped me. Good luck on your next venture.