It’s the Crunchies after party and GitHub Co-Founder and CEO Tom Preston-Werner is sitting by the front door at Absinthe in San Francisco with the Crunchies statue he had just accepted for best overall startup. The first thing he says? GitHub won the Crunchies Bootstrap Award in 2009.
But this year, it’s not about being a grassroots startup. It’s about GitHub winning it all and making it clear: This enterprise movement is for real and that monkey on the table proves it.
But let’s not be contrived here. GitHub won that monkey not just for its enterprise push. Preston-Werner said it’s a huge market but the movement’s earliest flickers started as a developer movement that dovetailed with the app boom and cloud computing, embodied in Amazon Web Services. Developers hack away to build the new things that make this new data age so different. Preston-Werner said every startup at the Crunchies uses GitHub in some way, and I am sure he is right.
But I am doubtful Tom would be sipping drinks and savoring his big night if he had walked away from the negotiating table and declined the $100 million from Andreessen Horowitz to pursue the trillion-dollar enterprise market.
Really, though, GitHub is a developer’s tool and it’s the developers who suddenly have access to the executive suite. Developers have toiled under IT — the recipients of those big-bucks budgets, eating at the buffet line, plump and happy, gulping down that enterprise software like it’s prime rib and a fat ol’ butter-drenched baked potato.
But now, here come these freaky developers, frigging vegan-like, cave-dwelling coders. Sharing for Christ sakes! Sharing? Control, fear, authority — that’s how you run IT! But dang, look at all that processing power, that data that the king wants turned into golden eggs. Call in the developers — the coins are dropping and the counters in the royal chamber are taking notice, turning their buttocks on IT, now trying to figure out how they can cut that monster budget for that converged nonsense, those new-aged mainframes that the hardware vendors keep saying are the answer to world peace.
But it is not convergence or virtualization or whatever else that allows the software giants to keep selling seven-figure deals for their old-school tools. It’s the developers that have the magic to turn data into gold, and GitHub is the place for coders to share their spells and potion recipes so those nuggets can get produced faster than ever before.
GitHub is about the rise of the enterprise, sure, but it’s more so about the fact that we are all changing as data becomes the invisible glue for connecting the world. It is no longer just about using tools only for work or for some part of your personal life. It’s about using Airbnb to find a place to stay for that business trip or Dropbox to share files.
And of course, the enterprise is a mongo-sized market. There’s a transformation happening. And companies like GitHub serve as the foundation for that fundamental change that is all about getting the work done with tools that don’t require 15 technicians and an army of consultants just to plug the network cables into the storage boxes. The new world is about arming developers and the new kings of the enterprise world.
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Hulu just posted an internal email from CEO Jason Kilar to its blog, indicating that he and CTO Rich Tom will be leaving the company during the first quarter of 2013. The timing is new, but word that Kilar was on his way out was circulating as early as August 2012, when an internal memo included a passage about transitioning to a new CEO.
In the email announcing his and Tom’s departure, Kilar said he’ll be working with the board to ensure a smooth transition. Kilar said that the decision was difficult, but didn’t share much about the reasoning behind his or Rich’s departure, or what they’ll be doing next.
“I’ve been so fortunate to play a role in this amazing, ongoing journey,” he wrote in the email. “My decision to depart has been one of the toughest I’ve ever made. Though the words will fall short of the intended mark, please know how much this team means to me and how very thankful I am to be able to innovate and build alongside you each day.”
Kilar says in the blog post that he’ll be providing a more specific date to the Hulu team at a later date, but also plans to be involved in steering- the company “for much of Q1.” The exiting CEO took the reins at Hulu in June 2007, shortly after it was formally announced. He helped grow the company to its current state, with 3 million paying subscribers for Hulu Plus, the premium version of the service launched in late 2010.
In December 2012, Hulu said that it managed $695 million in revenue, a 65 percent increase from its 2011 haul. The content library also grew 40 percent over the year, and in total, the company managed to generate more than $1 billion in revenue for content partners who offer video through the service.
Recently, however, Hulu has been seen as facing a number of complex issues, thanks in part to the exit of private equity firm Providence, which sold its stake in the company for $200 million in October. Providence was seen by some as the last disinterested party on a board full of media companies, all of which have a more direct stake in the content that appears on Hulu as streaming video. When Providence made its exit, our own Ryan Lawler explained why the time might soon be ripe for Kilar to exit, perhaps to explore more entrepreneurial pursuits.
At the time of Providence’s equity sell-off, Lawler said not to expect an immediate departure by Kilar, but he did say to watch for developments along those lines to start taking shape within the 12 months that followed that move. It might be early yet to call Kilar and Tom’s exit the beginning of an “unraveling,” as Lawler put it, but watchers will definitely be paying a lot more attention to what Hulu does next now that one of its primary architects is taking his leave.
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Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Rich Tom are set to depart the company in Q1, Kilar announced in an email to the company’s staff, which he made public on Hulu’s official blog.
In his message, he highlighted the growth the online film and TV service has witnessed over the past few years. As we reported, Hulu had $695 million in revenues in 2012, a 65% increase compared to 2011.
Kilar has been Hulu CEO since the company’s start in 2007. As for Tom, he has also been with Hulu from day 1, and was promoted to his current CTO and senior vice president role in August 2011.
Kilar’s departure had been rumored over the past few months, amid tensions with Hulu’s backers. As you may know, Hulu is a joint venture of News Corp.’s Fox, Disney-ABC, NBCUniversal, although the latter isn’t involved in Hulu’s strategy due to its own acquisition by Comcast. In addition, it was reported that Providence Equity Partners had closed a deal to sell its stake of Hulu, which means it is now controlled by News Corp. and Disney.
While the exact reasons for Kilar’s and Tom’s scheduled departure are still unknown, Hulu had been increasingly venturing into exclusive programming lately, with the launch of several original and exclusively-licensed TV shows.
Here’s Kilar’s full message to Hulu’s staff:
“I’ve decided to depart Hulu in Q1. I am currently working with the Board to ensure there is ample runway to manage this transition.
Rich Tom will be doing the same, with roughly the same departure date. Rich and I have been fortunate to build and innovate alongside each other these past 5+ years and our plan is to do more of that on the road ahead.
It is impossible to state in words how much this team means to me, how much Hulu means to me. But I’ll do my best.
For me, the journey started with a move to California and a walk into an empty office suite in early July 2007. In the weeks afterward, some brave souls that were willing to look past the many naysayers and ClownCo moniker jumped aboard and got about the business of innovating and building. Five and a half years later, thanks to the missionary work of this amazing 600+ worldwide team and courageous, prescient partners, we are fortunate to have collectively built a culture that matters, a brand that matters, a business that matters. Our convictions and our relentless pursuit of better ways have made the difference and will continue to make the difference. We have grown from a few hundred thousand in revenue in 2007 to generating almost $700 million in revenue in 2012 alone. We have created a video subscription service that is growing unusually fast, adding over 200K new subscribers in the past 7 days alone (a new record). We have proudly generated over $1 Billion for our content partners since we excitedly entered private beta in October 2007. Our video advertising service delivers world-class results and sets the pace for the industry. We have authored scores of inventions along the way.
And while the above outputs are impressive and laudatory, the things that have clearly brought the most joy to my heart (and what I believe to be the most important inputs in our business) have been this team and the values and principles we hold dear.
Perhaps the best way to express this is to let you in on a little routine I have followed these past 5+ years. Each day, as I enter the office lobby, I take the time to enjoy the many portraits of our team members that line the walls. From Damon gorging on a 2 foot high cold cut sandwich to Jesse showing off his sweet kicks. Portraits from Beijing to Boston and the other fine Hulu offices in between. Those portraits – along with the What Defines Hulu? document on those same walls – mean so much to me, as it is a daily and vivid reminder of how great this team is and how we bring such passion and principle to what we do. Without fail, I am reminded in those moments of reflection why we do what we do, why this work is a mission and never a job.
I’ve been so fortunate to play a role in this amazing, ongoing journey. My decision to depart has been one of the toughest I’ve ever made. Though the words will fall short of the intended mark, please know how much this team means to me and how very thankful I am to be able to innovate and build alongside you each day.
As dates and other items get solidified, I will update the team. But in the meantime and for much of Q1, I will be here as we get off to a very strong start in 2013…
Update: Disney sent us the following statement from its chairman and CEO, Bob Iger:
“Jason has been an integral part of the Hulu story, transforming it from an interesting idea into an innovative business model that continues to evolve. We are proud of his achievements, we appreciate what he’s built, and we share his confidence in his team’s ability to drive Hulu forward from here.”
We have also reached out to News Corp. and will update this story accordingly.
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When a new device launches, you can count to five and then expect to see minor glitches begin to crop up. In-house testing can only do so much; once a product is dropped into the hands of hundreds of thousands of new users, untested use-cases become the norm.
Thus, now that the Surface has been out for some time, and has moved enough units to force Microsoft to delay shipping and even mark some SKUs as sold out, we should expect to see fresh problems arrive. And one has.
A number of Surface users have reported that their tablet will randomly mute itself. This is a small problem, but one that would be a consistent headache; frantically trying to un-mute the bugger whilst watching something would be quite the pain.
What’s the cause? Current conversation fingers the Surface’s two keyboards: the Touch and Type Covers. Speculation is that the keyboards are “misreporting a press of their ‘mute’ keys,” according to PocketNow.
On the scale of ‘not so bad’ to ‘well, there goes that line of devices,’ this issue ranks a 2. However, there have been other reports of issues with the Covers that power the Surface’s transition from tablet to laptop. Tom Warren of the Verge recently shared a picture of his Touch Cover coming apart after a week’s use.
That in mind, the Surface’s launch has been surprisingly glitch-free. Microsoft has much experience building certain hardware products, but tablets are new ground for the company. So far, on the good ship Surface sails.
Oh, and if you are having the issue with your Touch or Type cover, tell Microsoft and see if they will replace it with one that works.
For more on the Touch and Type Covers, TNW has a full review here.
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So this guy, Rupert Murdoch, who is supposed to know a thing or two about news and technology, tweeted this out today:
Today. Is anniversary of Steve Jobs' death. We miss him, always will.
Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) October 28, 2012
That’s nice, except that Steve Jobs passed away on October 5th, 2011. Lovely sentiment of course, but…Wow.
Best response so far was this:
@rupertmurdoch time difference between California and Australia is 22 days now?
Tom Cook (@ywxwy) October 28, 2012
Good Job, Good Effort Rupert. Can someone please take his Twitter account away from him?