Techstartup DeathWatch: Wikia. oh no jimmy

Tech Startups 3.0 · October 21, 2008 · Short URL:


Wikia lays off staff, Wikimedia hires

6:31 PM, October 20, 2008

Jimmy WalesJimmy Wales has been in the news a lot this year. There was the breakup e-mail from his ex-girlfriend, circulated 'round the Internet. The allegations that he wrote glowing entries on Wikipedia for companies that donated to the organization.  And now, Valleywag reports that Wikia, the for-profit company Wales founded to be a more in-depth Wikipedia, with ads, has laid off a chunk of its staff.

While Valleywag puts the number at 30%, a statement from Wikia says that "as part of a reorganization, Wikia recently let go less than 10% of its salaried employees and is actively hiring in sales and marketing. Details on the open positions can be found at" The site's hiring page lists vacancies for a marketing manager, advertising sales representatives and a gaming intern.

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