Note To The Membership of

Last Thursday, I received a letter from Lawyers representing Jobster letting me know I had to shut down immediately or Jobster would take action. They say that is causing damage to their business and that I am in violation of my non compete.

I started in its current form while still at Jobster because was no longer a place that I could see and interact with the Recruiting Blogosphere the way I wanted to.

When I left, people started writing encouraging and positive things about and people started joining. It was not my intent to cause any trouble for anyone.

I believe that and all of the recruiting related blogs that are written by Recruiting Professionals help the entire community, Jobster included and I believe the more content that is submitted to the better off that site it.

I will not willingly shut down. The site provides something that and Jobster never provided. I think it is a mistake for Jobster to have their lawyers forcibly shut down I am a share holder in Jobster and the founder of and I would love to see both of those entities succeed. My goal is not to mess with that.

I spoke to Jason Goldberg on Friday of last week and he was adamant about me shutting the site down. We did however agree that he would extend the deadline for 7 more days in order for me to show him how is not a threat and how the two sites can help each other so that he would drop the issue. This seems like a positive step in the right direction though I have no confidence at all that I will come up with something that satisfies him.

My gut feeling is that Jobster would much rather see the site go away and I am very surprised by it but I am really thinking hard and talking to people to see if there is a way to make everyone happy. I mean, there are over 200 people responsible for making what it is and if the site is forced down, all that effort will be lost and I would feel terrible for wasting everyone’s time.

I will continue as normal until there is some sort of resolution. I completely understand if there are any people out there who choose not to participate with anymore because of what may be. I am really trying to think of a way for this to be a good thing for everyone.

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Comment by lshanon on June 27, 2007 at 11:38pm
I'm horrified by this.
Comment by Ben Gotkin on June 28, 2007 at 8:18am
Hmmm. Snor = JGo or JGo's lawyer?

Hold tight Jason. The burden is on Jobster here. I have to imagine though that they are spending more on legal fees in this matter than they would gain by shutting you down. Jobster continues to mystify (and greatly dissapoint) me :-(
Comment by Leslie Mason on June 28, 2007 at 10:18am
Wow Jason... you must be doing something right to cause all this commotion! What would be the legal ramification if you removed yourself completely from the site but left it as is? Maybe sell/give it to an uninvolved 3rd party or roll it into one of the other groups like the LinkedIn recruiters group?
Comment by mattmartone on June 28, 2007 at 2:13pm
Good thing this is all getting worked out amicably. Chad's comment above is hysterical. If Al Gore requests my key to the Internet I will not give it to him.
Comment by luke on September 11, 2008 at 9:36am
nice.. great job... thanks
Comment by luke on September 11, 2008 at 9:37am
nice.. great job... thanks life


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