Squared and his alter ego parted ways with Mama Tribune this week after 27 incredibly rich and rewarding years. That a company could love, nurture, encourage (and tolerate) someone for that long a stretch is a testament to the soul, heart and greatness of Mama T in her prime. She’s not the same old gal anymore by most measures, but then again, neither are her peers.
These are deeply dark days for old media companies, as most of you know brutally well. For the lucky on RIF Day, there is a visit from the sometimes generous Parting Gift Fairy. For many others, there is no such visit; just the stark, hellish reality of, literally, income and benefits vanished overnight. Squared is thankful for a bit of the fairy dust.
Mama T and us, we’d independently concluded in recent weeks it was probably time to call it a day; end of day, though, Mama’s new management team was a wee bit more decisive about it!
So no hard feelings. No shots on the way out the door. Head high. Things happening, as they are very much prone to, for a reason. Onward. . . .
Having not seriously (or not much even informally for that matter) looked for a job in nearly 3 decades, the upcoming chapter is, indeed, going to be a challenge. Given the outpouring of supportive electronic love in the past three days — scores of e-mails, IMs, Facebook and Linkedin messages, plus old-fashioned phone calls — it may be tough, but it will be tough with the support of a colossal network of supporters never more than an electron away. One cannot imagine how lonely and different going through a transition like this was just a few years ago when no such deep and immediate electronic networks existed.
We’ll shortly be moving Squared over to a new platform outside of the old company. Maybe do a little redesign while we’re at it. Not like there isn’t time at the moment 😉
Salut Mama. Be well.