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 WorkFarce on June 28, 2007 at 12:27pm
Group Hug...
Comment by Neil on June 28, 2007 at 12:36pm
Go JD and Go Jobster!
Comment by Gautam Ghosh on June 28, 2007 at 12:40pm
congrats ! Great to see that both the Jasons still "get it" !
Comment by Marvin Smith on June 28, 2007 at 1:52pm
Great result. As a Jobster customer, I am pleased they did the right thing.
Comment by Carl Chapman on June 28, 2007 at 2:32pm
I'm curious as to why Mary would say that Jobster did the right thing... They certainly did the wrong thing in the first place, haven't apologized (you can read JGo's blog posted to verify that he thumbs his nose at us, those who dared to blog against him), and still used their own faux pas to try to twist Jason Davis's arm. I can assure you that were I a customer, this would have been the last straw. As a recruiter, I'm interested in partnerships... not companies who threaten law suits - especially those without merit.
Comment by Rich on June 28, 2007 at 2:54pm
Good to hear Jason. Just don't sign anything. ;)
Comment by Jim Damico on June 28, 2007 at 2:57pm
Great work!
Comment by isodenetwork on June 28, 2007 at 4:14pm
Sweet, nice work Mr. Davis!
Comment by John Walker on June 28, 2007 at 4:16pm
Here, here.. all is well. looking forward to what's to come.
Comment by Michael Specht on June 28, 2007 at 5:29pm
Jason good news. I can see how you might have thought you were not competing and how Jobster could see that you were, don't you love grey areas, it's what keep lawyers fed at night!

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".


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