EverythingMe, where I worked before leaving for the US, closed down earlier this month, and even though I wasn’t there for the shut down, it brings a tear to my eye: not just because I hate seeing something I contributed to fail (I do,) but also because it was almost a model of a modern software company.
They didn’t get it all right: wrong decisions were made, some I was involved in.
But a lot of thing were done as they should, and what was done the best, and because of it, almost everything else, was staffing: the team was one of the best in Israel, if not in the northern hemisphere (lots of credit due to Micha Cohen).
I’ve learnt a lot from everybody on the team, most I’m proud not just to call colleagues, but also friends, and hope they think the same of me.
But every shattered dream is also a foundation to build from, and what I’m excited about, and you should too, is that they didn’t just flick the switch, but took an active step to go with a bang, and not a whimper, by leaving a legacy: about 120 open source repositories on GitHub, as well as a paper by Joseph Keshet et al. describing the core algorithm (a list is in Joey’s post).
Rami, Joey – Thanks for the ride, and good luck in the future.
Rest of the team – please make sure your new jobs require many trips to the bay area. I’d like to buy you all beers.