Evan Solomon, who left Automattic back in January of this year, has found a new watering hole (and work) with Medium, a much-talked about blogging platform by Evan Williams and co. (We showcased an interview via Kevin Rose and Evan Williams yesterday, btw.)
He announced it on his blog about his move and we’ve been pinged a number of times already by our community as well:
Today was my first day as an employee at Medium. I’ve been doing contract work for about two months, but last Friday I accepted an offer to join full time. I’m excited and I want to talk a little bit about why I chose Medium.
I joined Medium because I’m excited about the things we’re making. The product is deceptively simple — I didn’t understand it for a while — but incredibly exciting. There are two important ideas that Medium is scratching the surface of: collaboration and audience.
He goes on to share his perspective of why he moved on and what he hopes to accomplish there as well as a few thoughts of what he’s been up to in the period between his employment at Automattic and The Obvious Corporation.
As one who’s been involved in watching Medium grow into a small giant I’m personally intrigued by this move and I wish him the very best. I think Medium has a few very unique factors that the WordPress community must watch so as to stay competitive in the market.
Of course, Evan still loves WordPress and still wants to be friends:
I’m still a big fan of WordPress (this site runs on it), I still have a whole bunch of WordPress projects, and I’m still very close with a lot of people in the WordPress community. I’m hoping that even though both Medium and WordPress produce text on web pages, we can still be friends.
That answer is easy – of course. Your contribution can’t be dismissed because you may have become a “traitor” in some people’s eyes… just kidding! (Perhaps they pay better than Automattic, as one submitter coyly asked).
Best of luck my friend and go kick some serious tail at Obvious.