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I feel for Mahalo founder and CEO Jason Calacanis this past week. He finishes his Launch conference (my recap), heads to the afterparty and probably gets 10,000 text messages because that was just about the time that Google announced their algorithm change. Assuming Jason wasn’t briefed by Google about the change, that really is pretty horrible timing and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, even a guy from the B-line (I am D-line).
This afternoon Jason and Mahalo president Jason Rapp sent out a mass email noting that, based on the Google changes, they will be reducing Mahalo staff headcount immediately by 10%.
(re: the google change) Despite those efforts, unfortunately, the Google changes have led to a
significant dip in our traffic and revenue. It’s hard not to be disappointed since we’ve been spending millions of
dollars on producing highly professional content.
Today we have eliminated a handful of positions in the company (about 10%), and we’ve cut a number of non-essential services we provide internally. In addition, we are re-evaluating our freelance content
production, pausing it in the near term and determining how to best produce the high-quality educational material we aspire to in the long run. We are not, however, diminishing our video production efforts.
I think the point of the story is that people lose their jobs over a Google update.
Some might argue that there's a the angle of social responsibility whenver google makes a change.
So, should we have kept the embargo against south Africa in place out of "social responsibility" for the American workers who lost their jobs?