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Mathew Ingram on Gigaom’s Closing

Christopher Massie of Columbia Journalism Review interviews now-former Gigaom editor Mathew Ingram:

Q: Were there any indications that this was going to happen before Monday?

A: No.

Q: You were just totally blindsided?

A: Yeah. And I think the majority of staff were as well. We were writing right up until the announcement. We did get a new CEO [Michael Rolnick] recently, so I think people thought maybe there needed to be some changes — maybe some strategic changes — but there was literally no talk of even layoffs. There was no talk of having to cut back. There were no austerity measures. We just got a phone call Monday afternoon saying “Be on the phone in an hour.” And the CEO said they were shutting it down and we were all out of work.

Brutal.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015