No More Problems for - Thanks Jobster

I have some real good news for

The last few days for me have been difficult. I know that the last few days for Jason Goldberg and Jobster have been difficult as well. My first priority was to make sure that no one was going to shut down, it is far too valuable to a lot of people. My secondary priority was to have myself continue to run it, though this was important, it really was the second issue. Also it was important for me to make sure that I operate according to the agreement I had in place with Jobster.

Over the last few days, I have had some real time to reflect on this all and it was tough not getting involved in some of the online comments. My intention was to alert the community to what was happening so that there would not be any surprises for anyone. My intentions did not include hurting Jobster or their reputation. I have shares in Jobster and it would be great to see something happen there. I am sorry that it did cause some real issues. In hindsight I recognize that talking about this publicly may not have been the right way to go and it did provide an easy target. I am sorry it caused real issues for Jason Goldberg and Jobster.

Upon reflection here, I also realized that as a large Jobster shareholder, I would really like Jobster to win as that would mean personal rewards for me. While I didn’t mean to break any rules, it does make some sense that there is an expectation that you need to play by the rules in order to get the rewards.

I guess Non Competes are serious business and Jobster takes things seriously. However I do want to say that over the last few days, I have had a number of conversations with Jason Goldberg and in talking to him, it was clear that his intent did not at all match the aggressiveness of the letter I received from their lawyers.

It became clear right away while talking to Jason, he was not interested in shutting down the site. Quite the contrary actually. There was of course the issue with my non compete and with respect to that, he was not interested at all in limiting the things I could or could not do. I do recognize how one could see that I was doing something I agreed not to do. It was important to me that I was not doing anything wrong. I agreed I would not when Jobster bought from me.

So now, this is where things stand. I have reached an agreement with Jobster to put this all behind us. Jason Goldberg has agreed that Jobster will not put any restrictions of any kind on me or the things I want to do. I have agreed to work with Jobster to come up with some way to give them some visibility on for a period of time. I’ll make sure this gets done in a way that is good for

I am happy to put this behind me now and I hope that this resolution rings a positive note in everyone’s head. I feel it is a good outcome and life goes on. There are lots of recruiters out there who do not yet know about what we small group of 220 people are doing and they should.

I would like to say again to Jobster that I am sorry if this caused trouble. Hopefully there are lessons learned for everyone involved. I learned a few things.

The matter is closed from my perspective and I have some great ideas for so let’s move ahead. We are a small but loud and influential group of people. Let’s get all this energy we have and continue building

I hope everyone here respects the outcome and thank you for your overwhelming support in this issue.


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Comment by Alex Rudloff on June 28, 2007 at 6:15pm
good work to both JD and JG on getting this resolved.
Comment by Job Blogger on June 28, 2007 at 11:48pm
Hey ...Good to know about this.
Keep it up.
Comment by Ragan Kellams on June 29, 2007 at 9:42am
Whew - I am SO glad. I was thinking I was going to have to defect to yet ANOTHER blogging outlet. :) Thanks Jason for your diligence on our behalf. You rock dude!
Comment by Daniel Sweet - Houston Recruiter on June 29, 2007 at 11:55am
Glad to hear that this got worked out.

This just teaches that a phone call or an e-mail, or a letter, or a poke with a sharp stick, or duelling with pistols are all good steps to try before engaging the lawyers.

Comment by Joe Grimm on July 1, 2007 at 8:44pm
Sounds good, Jason. Nice to see you land this well. It would have been a shame for you to stop creating -- your real motivation, I'm sure. There seems to be room -- and need -- for all.


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