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String of Executive Departures Leaves a Leadership Vacuum at the Top of Tumblr

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Late Tuesday night, while most of New York City was “afk” enjoying the balmy weather, Tumblr CEO David Karp snuck a post onto the staff blog paying tribute to Storyboard–a team of journalists and editors assigned to “cover Tumblr as a living, breathing community.”

After gushing with pride over Storyboard’s many accolades, Mr. Karp pivoted, abruptly. The year-old concept “had run its course” and the editorial team, he announced, “will be closing up shop and moving on.” Please, he asked, “join us in wishing them well.”

But the Storyboard layoffs, which affected three staffers peripheral to internal operations, are hardly the only departures Tumblr has faced over the past six or seven months. Rather, they’re the only ones Mr. Karp has spoken about publicly. Read More

Love Thy Developers

David Karp: ‘We’ve Been Letting Down Our Developer Community’

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Last night, Steven Pears—the developer behind Windows Phone app DashBuddy, which brings Tumblr functionality to the WP7 Marketplace—penned a post lambasting Tumblr for failing to work with their developer community despite working so hard on their API. He probably didn’t expect to get a response, or an especially public and contrite one. Which, for the record, he did. Read More