Tapulous developer fired

Tapulous developer fired

Summary: Mike Lee, founder of Tapulous and developer of Twinkle was fired recently after a disagreement with management. According to Daring Fireball he was forced out.

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Tapulous developer firedMike Lee, founder of Tapulous and developer of Twinkle was fired recently after a disagreement with management. According to Daring Fireball he was forced out.

Lee blogged his side of the story in an appropriately titled post.

So it came to pass that when my Engineering and Design team had irreconcilable differences with where the company seemed to be headed, I was asked to make good on those promises. Serving as the team’s reluctant spokesman was not in my best interests, but honor dictated my actions. I delivered the team’s message, and was invited to resign.

The rest of Lee's farewell post is an interesting read – to say the least.

It's a shame too because I really like Twinkle. It's my preferred Twitter client these days because it automatically grabs my location and makes it easy to add photos to tweets. Currently it's crashing when I add photos, so it's extra sad that Lee is gone.

Topics: CXO, Software Development

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  • He belongs in the Peace Corps not a corporation.

    In the text of his post he says he wanted to become "a real force for world change". I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but companies exist to make a profit - not to act as an agent for "world change". The company was absolutely right to invite him to resign and he was also quite right to do so.

    Now he will be free to join the Peace Corps where his desires will be a better fit.
    cornpie
    • Neither should it be a terorist organization...

      I think there should be a balance between good of a product and profit.
      Like Microsoft which profits are high but have crappy products but we are mercy of some historical contracts that Microsoft made years ago so they can hold en mass corporations and others so have this near monopoly of crap.
      Wall Street is running the world like economic terrorist organization which nothing else matters except profits so we, the consumers, businesses and other that uses these products, are suffer from this with crappy but "highly profitable" junk.
      On the other side, developers and other creative people should not waste economic resources so they don't have a good schedule to release a product and give back the shareholders it dividend it invested in the company.
      Again balance is the issue with anything in our lives.
      phatkat
  • RE: Tapulous developer fired

    I'm the guy who works on twinkle, though mike is responsible for a
    lot of the UI. Anyhow, I'm still at Tapulous, and working on Twinkle
    1.2
    omnivector