I have some real good news for RecruitingBlogs.com
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 RecruitingBlogs.com, 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 RecruitingBlogs.com 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 Recruiting.com 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 RecruitingBlogs.com for a period of time. I’ll make sure this gets done in a way that is good for RecruitingBlogs.com
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 RecruitingBlogs.com 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.
What is really interesting is how flare ups like this happen. There have been lots of flare ups like this within the tech blogging community and most read identical to what has happened here. Essentially the lawyers letter is way overhanded, and the situation is resolved by talking, which kind of tells me the lawyers are the ones who don't "get it".