Om Malik is concerned about this move and the consequences it might have in the long term.
I was a fan up until last evening when I got an email announcing that the company was being acquired by none other than Getty Images. Hearing this was like a red hot spike through the eyes. A startup whose raison d’être was to upend draconian and amoral companies like Getty Images was going to now be part of Getty. Even after I have had time to process it, the news isn’t sitting well with me.
On the one hand, I am thrilled for Cho and his co-founders. I absolutely love them as founders and human beings. And I am glad they got a good outcome for themselves and the team.
But as a longtime part of the community, selling out to one of the worst digital corporate citizens does feel like a betrayal.