Hi folks, we are officially back on the case after a couple of weeks of travel — let’s talk about the recent 2016 candidate launches soon. But first, any number of small birds have flown in through the vision slits in the Epolitics.com bunker over the past few days, bearing word of significant layoffs at advocacy-technology provider NationBuilder. The story I’m hearing is one of over-rapid expansion, followed by cash-burn, followed by painful contraction.
I’m also hearing that the basic technology and the company itself aren’t in danger, but assuming this news holds up (I can’t find anything public yet), customers will certainly take notice…as will NationBuilder’s growing number of competitors. On the personal side, I have many friends and acquaintances at the company, and I hope that they either weren’t on the list or will at least be able to land on their feet.
From an advocate’s point of view, I’d hate to lose any competitiveness in the market — NationBuilder’s done a great job of pushing the rest of the advocacy-technology industry to innovate. More news as soon as it’s available.
Update: After this article went online, NationBuilder founder Jim Gilliam reached out to say, “We did have to lay off some wonderful people on Friday because we tried to expand into other verticals a bit too quickly. We are 125 people strong and are in a better position today to serve our customers well.”