Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta. developer.okta.com

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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

LinkedIn Cuts 10% (a.k.a. The Journey is Over)

This morning, my co-workers and I discovered that LinkedIn decided to trim 10% of its employees. The Denver Office was among those that were laid off. I can't say we didn't see the writing on the wall. In fact, on the evening of October 15, I sent the following e-mail to my co-workers:

LinkedIn's top investor[1] is Sequoia Capital and they recently posted this presentation on the web.

http://www.slideshare.net/eldon/sequoia-capital-on-startups-and-the-economic-downturn-presentation?type=powerpoint

Notice the reduce head count recommendations. ... Oh well, life goes on. ;-)

Raible

[1] http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=investors

So, as of today, there is no LinkedIn Denver office. While I had a lot of fun being a UI Architect and managing Engineers, I'm somewhat happy this has happened. After all, now I get to enjoy the best perk about being an employee: the good ol' severance package!

If you're looking for good Engineers, I highly recommend all of the guys who worked for me during this journey. You can read more about the skills they possess and what they're looking for by viewing their LinkedIn Profiles:


Scott Nicholls

Bryan Noll

James Goodwill

As for me, I'm definitely in the market as well. You can view My LinkedIn Profile to see if I might be a good fit for your organization. I'm willing to travel up to 25%, but would prefer not to. After all, ski season is right around the corner. ;-)

Lastly, I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed working at LinkedIn. I've never worked with a smarter group of Engineers, nor been so excited about a company's product and vision. I know that LinkedIn will be highly successful and I hope to use their site to find gigs for many years to come.

Posted in Java at Nov 05 2008, 03:10:06 PM MST 16 Comments
Comments:

Matt,
Sorry to hear, but I'm sure you'll all land on your feet soon enough. I'll be sending you some leads and ideas via email as they come to me.

Patrick

Posted by Patrick Lightbody on November 05, 2008 at 04:46 PM MST #

Sorry to hear about the closing of the Denver office. If you were in the NYC area, I could have gotten you an interview ASAP. Richard L. Burton

Posted by Richard L. Burton on November 05, 2008 at 04:48 PM MST #

Woah i am quite surprised since i read everywhere that LinkedIn could take advantage of the recent crisis. There must be much more activity now with all these people on the market, but less expected revenue from recruiters ? The site is also quite mature now... Anyway, i hope you'll get a nice package and i am convinced that you'll get new contracts very quickly (I am also very grateful to your contribution to the community)

Posted by bengali from France on November 05, 2008 at 05:05 PM MST #

hi Matt,

you'll be fine, a good architect like you will get a new job in a blink of an eye.

Hey, now you have time to finish the new version of Appfuse, if only those Spring guys would hurry up with 3.0 :). Or go skiing of course.

greets, dirk

Posted by Dirk de Kok on November 05, 2008 at 06:06 PM MST #

Sorry to hear that Matt. The impact of the economy crisis, it's horrible isn't it? It's impacting Australia as well, companies are cutting down on all expanses, including hiring, so it's not that good over here as well, to be honest, I'm affected quite badly too I hope the State's gets back in shape soon :-(

Posted by tmjee on November 05, 2008 at 06:07 PM MST #

Matt, not to bogart your space but i'm gonna try again; if you (or anyone else out there who is good...you know who you are) need work, I need people. You have to move to Santa Fe and want to *work*, but you get paid. Its a well-capitalized successful quantitative hedge fund in the process of taking over the world...one stock at a time. resumes@pikasystems.com (dont worry, pikasystems is my personal its not the company...)

Posted by Alonso on November 05, 2008 at 08:47 PM MST #

Welcome to the club! The VCs running the company where I recently got laid off have the same strategy for making it through the downturn. No doubt you'll find a sweet gig again soon.

Posted by Brad Swanson on November 05, 2008 at 10:19 PM MST #

Sorry to hear what happened Matt. I found out today and it was a shock to all of us. It was nice playing basketball with you. You are awesome at the 3 pointer line. Good luck to your future endeavors.

Posted by Bernard on November 05, 2008 at 11:16 PM MST #

Sorry to hear it. Enjoy the severance. I'm sure you won't have any problems getting something new. I just had a total disaster with LinkedIn in stead of logging me in, wiping my entire account and giving me a clean slate. Network, c.v., recommendations, gone. Change has come! I'm now trying to contact support without much luck. Wonder if this has anything to do with my problems?

Posted by Marc on November 06, 2008 at 05:24 AM MST #

Do you get to keep your pimped out macs at least?

Posted by Jesse Kuhnert on November 06, 2008 at 07:55 AM MST #

Sometimes it's outside forces that make you take the next leap. Have the feeling that you are going to have some awesome opportunities at your doorstep. For now enjoy the severance!

Posted by David Sachdev on November 06, 2008 at 09:47 AM MST #

Good luck with everything, Matt. We'll miss besting you Denver guys in basketball every couple of weeks.

Posted by Jack Chou on November 06, 2008 at 11:36 AM MST #

Sorry to hear that Matt. I read that LinkedIn article and immediately wondered if you got affected so I stopped by your blog. I lost my primary longterm customer this week as well...it's going to be an ugly recession :-P

Posted by Ken Yee on November 06, 2008 at 12:30 PM MST #

Hi Matt, guess some companies don't realize what they have! Good luck in finding a new job, and if you're expanding your search to the Netherlands, let me know!

Posted by Jaap Beetstra on November 08, 2008 at 07:55 AM MST #

Hi Matt, sorry for the bad news, but they are plenty of good companies around, have you think about applying for Google?

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