I found it fascinating that most of the blog headlines about this story focused on the negative — leaving, quitting, etc. — rather than the positive — joining. Maybe it’s me, but “quits” seems to imply that the person was unhappy where they were, which I’ve seen no indication of in this case, rather than that they were just ready to move onto other opportunities.
It’s true — LinkedIn cofounder and VP of Marketing Konstantin Guericke will no longer be a full-time employee of LinkedIn. However, he will continue as an advisor, and I presume a major shareholder.
As Om Malik commented:
Guericke’s exit shows that LinkedIn might have reached a point of maturity, where the early start-up adrenaline rush is replaced by more sedate practicality.
So where’s he headed? Jaxtr, a new social communications company that allows bloggers and users of social networking sites connect via a phone call initiated from a web page. The company’s site offers little explanation, but their blog does a much better job of describing the problem Jaxtr solves, and Information Week offers a good explanation of exactly how it works.
No word yet on a replacement, but presumably newly-appointed Director of Corporate Communications Kay Luo will assume many of Konstantin’s responsibilities for the moment. Kay had already been easing into his role as the official LinkedIn voice on the various LinkedIn-related Yahoo Groups.
Congrats, Konstantin – I wish you well and look forward to checking out Jaxtr.