Kima Ventures' Jeremie Berrebi says no journalists wrote the true Sparrow story bit.ly/SOLira— Roxanne Varza (@roxannevarza) July 22, 2012
Official Statement from Kima Ventures: "Impossible to build a great and big company when you are looking to sell too fast" #Sparrow— Jeremie Berrebi (@jberrebi) July 22, 2012
It now seems the criticism of and accusations directed at the Sparrow team and their decision to sell seems to be more justified than ever.
All they apparently wanted was to cash-in quick to move on to something else. Earning some extra cash and receiving free PR from excited users, which are left out in the cold.
Which raises the question, should we still congratulate them for their success? As in, should we encourage this type of “entrepreneurship”?
At first I was annoyed mostly to not see Sparrow on the iPad, then I came to terms with the fact it’s their company, but after reading the above tweets, I feel users of Sparrow have the full right to complain and be upset with the Sparrow team and how they handled this.
When the next “Sparrow” of email clients comes along from an indie developer, you can be assured there will be a lot of hesitation from users. Which in turn will make developers hesitate to head down this path.
You don’t get there by acculturating. Don’t become a well-rounded person. Well rounded people are smooth and dull. Become a thoroughly spiky person. Grow spikes from every angle. Stick in their throats like a puffer fish.
– Bruce Sterling
This pretty much sums up my approach to journalism, writing and life – and how I’ve especially approach it online via this blog and Twitter.
As some of you might’ve figured out, my real name isn’t Dokter Waldijk. It’s only a nom de plume I’ve adopted. Not to fully hide my true identity– as you might find my real name if you dig deep enough, tho I still avoid facial photos –but for the originality of it.
More importantly, it was to repackage myself as a product– as we all are now –the product being a journalist inspired by Gonzo Journalism.
Three years ago I would probably not openly admit my [legal] usage of cannabis and that I rather become ‘intoxicated’ from that instead of alcohol. Nor would I go out and risk being arrested for covering a peaceful protest in a western democratic country.
But now I do.
Because I’m sick of pretending to be perfect, acting accordingly to how society expects me to act. I’m tired of being this dull yes-man.
Just open any newspaper, left leaning or right leaning, doesn’t matter, they will both warn you about the rise in crime, dangerous drugs and that we must be suspicious of one another – watch out for anti-social behaviour they say; also watch out for unattended bags.
While it’s okay to send death threats to scientists, but criticising religion is not okay.
No one cares about rules anymore, so why should I?
It’s a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shit and die.
– Hunter S. Thompson