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PaulieWalnuts

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« on: January 19, 2012, 09:16 »
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2012, 09:19 »
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WOW, Kelly Thompson is leaving Getty. Last day is tomorrow January 20th.

http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/2140045/jobs-shed-getty-images-absorbs-istockphoto


Not that surprising, I must say. Either it's true that he was kicked upstairs and they're now forcing him to the door, or else he's found the Getty culture intolerable. Or maybe a bit of both.

« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2012, 09:21 »
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Interesting indeed, considering he just relocated all the way to New York this past September or October. 

« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2012, 09:26 »
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Interesting indeed, considering he just relocated all the way to New York this past September or October. 

Yes. It's rather poignant. If you look at his Facebook page, you'll see he posted on December 11 saying that his son wouldn't be joining him in New York for another month. He obviously wasn't expecting to leave a week after that.

« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2012, 09:38 »
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Yes. It's rather poignant.

Not really. Kelly won't need money to make him happy.

« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2012, 09:51 »
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He could not handle the New York culture!  ;D

« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2012, 10:27 »
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Yes. It's rather poignant.

Not really. Kelly won't need money to make him happy.

Kapow! Still, whilst he's in New York, he should drop by the offices of Shutterstock. Apparently they're 'hiring like crazy' at the moment so maybe they could use Kelly's ... er ... copywriting skills.

« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2012, 10:40 »
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Maybe he will start his own stock company, buy one or partner with one. The question is, who will follow him?

helix7

« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2012, 10:49 »
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From the article:

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Kelly has now decided that the time is right for him to leave the business to pursue other interests...

Sounds like it was his decision, although who knows what transpired to lead him to that.

I'm inclined to think he's following the lead of Bruce and Rob, finding the goings-on at Getty intolerable. I'd guess the layoffs probably didn't sit well with anyone from istock since the jobs cut were deemed "redundant" and only the istock folks were on the receiving end of the redundancy cuts.

Side note: Kind of an interesting statement being made there. Whenever there are job redundancies, the Getty employees win.

I really do hope that Kelly chose this for himself, for whatever reason. Him being pushed out the door would just add to the disappointments of the week for istock.

« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2012, 10:53 »
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From the article:

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Kelly has now decided that the time is right for him to leave the business to pursue other interests...

Sounds like it was his decision, although who knows what transpired to lead him to that.


I don't think so. This is the common way to say he was fired.

wut

« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2012, 11:00 »
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Maybe he will start his own stock company, buy one or partner with one. The question is, who will follow him?

I wouldn't believe a word he says, he's the type of ppl that con artists are, or lawyers. Or he could make it in politics. He really excels in twisting and turning words, the truth even

helix7

« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2012, 11:05 »
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I wouldn't believe a word he says, he's the type of ppl that con artists are, or lawyers. Or he could make it in politics. He really excels in twisting and turning words, the truth even

True, but I wonder how much of that was due to the strings being pulled up above at Getty. We know it wasn't his decision to cut royalties, even though he had to fall on his sword and tell us that the decision came from within istock HQ. Don't get me wrong, I don't have any respect for a person who goes along with stuff like that and acts like a puppet, which is why I still have much respect for Bruce and Rob for leaving (allegedly) when things got distasteful. Kelly should have left a long time ago. But that doesn't eliminate the possibility that it just took him longer to get to that point, and although he'll forever be remembered at istock as the guy leading the charge to screw contributors, I'm inclined to believe that many of his actions were forced.

Again, that doesn't make what he did ok. Just saying that he might have been only half a con artist, being pushed by bigger cons higher up.

wut

« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2012, 11:15 »
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I wouldn't believe a word he says, he's the type of ppl that con artists are, or lawyers. Or he could make it in politics. He really excels in twisting and turning words, the truth even

True, but I wonder how much of that was due to the strings being pulled up above at Getty. We know it wasn't his decision to cut royalties, even though he had to fall on his sword and tell us that the decision came from within istock HQ. Don't get me wrong, I don't have any respect for a person who goes along with stuff like that and acts like a puppet, which is why I still have much respect for Bruce and Rob for leaving (allegedly) when things got distasteful. Kelly should have left a long time ago. But that doesn't eliminate the possibility that it just took him longer to get to that point, and although he'll forever be remembered at istock as the guy leading the charge to screw contributors, I'm inclined to believe that many of his actions were forced.

Again, that doesn't make what he did ok. Just saying that he might have been only half a con artist, being pushed by bigger cons higher up.

He didn't have to do anything ;)

KB

« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2012, 11:16 »
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Again, that doesn't make what he did ok. Just saying that he might have been only half a con artist, being pushed by bigger cons higher up.

Uh-huh. Sort of like being only half pregnant?  ;D

« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2012, 11:23 »
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Wow. And to think just two days ago I suggested he might not still be there.

« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2012, 11:29 »
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From the article:

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Kelly has now decided that the time is right for him to leave the business to pursue other interests...

Sounds like it was his decision, although who knows what transpired to lead him to that.


I don't think so. This is the common way to say he was fired.

my thoughts exactly.

lagereek

« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2012, 11:30 »
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Just another way of saying: your fired.  Same Getty pattern as for the last 20 years. Still,  never a nice thing.

« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2012, 11:36 »
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The big picture really sucks. Whenever a Canadian company is remotely successful foreign investors gobble it up and most often destroy it.  I personally know so many people who have been moved to New York or Los Angeles.  Virtually all of them layed off within a year.  I used to be so happy (and jealous) of them, but the same thing happened every time!

wut

« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2012, 11:42 »
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The big picture really sucks. Whenever a Canadian company is remotely successful foreign investors gobble it up and most often destroy it.  I personally know so many people who have been moved to New York or Los Angeles.  Virtually all of them layed off within a year.  I used to be so happy (and jealous) of them, but the same thing happened every time!

They don't just gobble it up, it gets sold by it's owners. It's their decision to do so. They could decide otherwise.

And for everyone singing praises to Bruce, saying he sold it because he knew what was going to happen; who shouldn't have sold if he knew what was in store for IS if he (like many say) cared so much about the company.

« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2012, 11:46 »
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Bruce built a business and sold it for a riddiculous amount of money.  I would definitely do the same!  It's funny, but money does make me happy.  Well, maybe it does, I've never had too much of it to know if it's a bad thing or not.

« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2012, 11:53 »
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Bruce built a business and sold it for a riddiculous amount of money

He certainly did. He sold it for a tiny fraction of what it was worth. Three or four years later he could probably have sold it for close to $1B. If he'd have made exclusivity just a little more attractive, such that the competition couldn't have got a foothold, he might have made $2B or more.

« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2012, 12:01 »
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Yes. It's rather poignant.

Not really. Kelly won't need money to make him happy.

Kapow! Still, whilst he's in New York, he should drop by the offices of Shutterstock. Apparently they're 'hiring like crazy' at the moment so maybe they could use Kelly's ... er ... copywriting skills.

These days SS is offering company benefits similar to IS, who knows maybe they already made a deal. The SS benefits below are for a lower level job, just think what they would offer someone higher up. Frankly I was not too enthused to see that SS is hiring former IS employees, we certainly do not need to spread IS's company culture and business practices to other sites.  Yet with all the SS bugs maybe they did hire their programmers to permanently bury new images.

"Among other great benefits, Shutterstock offers competitive salaries, health and dental plans, 401k, company equity, daily breakfasts, weekly massages, discounted gym memberships"

lagereek

« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2012, 12:04 »
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Bruce built a business and sold it for a riddiculous amount of money.  I would definitely do the same!  It's funny, but money does make me happy.  Well, maybe it does, I've never had too much of it to know if it's a bad thing or not.

I think the money Bruce got was a fair and correct amount, we must not forget at the moment he sold, IS, was without doubt the premiere site. Nowdays, they are trying their best to ruin the 50 mill they paid for the place. Clever, isnt it. ::)

« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2012, 12:07 »
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Wow. And to think just two days ago I suggested he might not still be there.

You did! Maybe Klein read your post and thought "Great idea Cas, I'll fire him tomorrow".

ShadySue

« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2012, 12:10 »
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These days SS is offering company benefits similar to IS, who knows maybe they already made a deal. The SS benefits below are for a lower level job, just think what they would offer someone higher up. Frankly I was not too enthused to see that SS is hiring former IS employees, we certainly do not need to spread IS's company culture and business practices to other sites.  Yet with all the SS bugs maybe they did hire their programmers to permanently bury new images.

"Among other great benefits, Shutterstock offers competitive salaries, health and dental plans, 401k, company equity, daily breakfasts, weekly massages, discounted gym memberships"
But do they have "Friday afternoon Rock Band sessions and more than 100 arcade games available in our snack-stocked cafeteria."?
Grief, this massage must be a great thing.  ::)
I had a head massage once. I found it embarrassing and it relaxed me for about 10 minutes afterwards max.
Embarassing is an exaggeration; 'uncomfortable' is more like it, socially rather than physically; in the same way as I feel uncomfortable if a waiter puts my napkin onto my lap or pulls out a chair for me.


 

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