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Monday, April 5, 2010

Dugg: Jay Adelson, Co-Founder of Digg, Out the Door

Posted By on Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM

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"There can be only one" is a hell of a line -- best one Highlander had. But you don't get to say it all that often in real life. But, then, you and I aren't high-stakes San Francisco Web movers and shakers.

So while many users of the popular San Francisco-based site Digg may have spat up their coffee when founder Jay Adelson today announced he was movingg alongg, the good folks at TechCrunch were not surprised.

In an article today, writer Michael Arrington recalled a seminal conversation he'd had with Digg co-founder Kevin Rose in recent months: "'One of us will leave the company,' he told me, venting some frustration he had with Jay."

There can be only one -- and that one appears to be Kevin Rose. Digg's board has apparently made its choice: Adelson is out and Rose is now acting CEO.

With that backstory, today's move makes sense. But, as the TechCrunch article notes, despite whatever problems Digg was having internally, it was still a profitable company. But personal clashes often transcend the spreadsheets; Sorry Rodney King, we can't all just get along.

In the meantime, Adelson, according to his Twitter feed, is preoccupied removing candy from his children's teeth.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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