As a few people have mentioned online today, Gnip laid off seven team members today. It was a horrible thing to have to do and my very best wishes go out to each team member who was let go. If you’re in Boulder and need a Java or PHP developer, an HR/office manager or an inside salesperson, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll connect you with some truly awesome people.
I would like to address a few specific points for our partners, customers and friends:
- We believe as strongly as ever in providing data aggregation solutions for our customers. If we didn’t, we would have returned to our investors the year of funding we have in the bank (now two years).
- We are still delivering the same data as yesterday. The existing platform is highly stable and will continue to churn out data as long as we want it to.
- The changes in personnel revolve around rebuilding the technology stack to allow for faster, more iterative releases. We’ve been hamstrung by a technology platform that was built under a very different set of assumptions more than a year ago. While exceptionally fast and stable, it is also a beast to extend. The next rev will be far more flexible and able to accommodate the many smart feature requests we receive.
To Alex, Shane, Ingrid, JL, Jenna, Chris and Jen, it has been a honor working with you and I hope to have the privilege to do so again some day.
To our partners and customers, Gnip’s future is brighter than ever and we look forward to serving your social data needs for many years to come.
Eric Marcoullier, CEO