Now that Verizon has announced the purchase of AOL for $4.4 billion, it's time to take a look at Tim Armstrong's leadership at AOL. Gawker's Sam Biddle is more than eager to take a stab at it.
Well, more of a hacking, because Biddle has a decidedly dim view of Armstrong's actions, decisions, and bestowed content wisdom. But the thing is, everything Biddle writes in "A Salute to AOL's Tim Armstrong, a Real Shitty Boss," seems right on the mark.
Quick Armstrong-hating highlights:
"Armstrong implemented insane managerial stratagems like “The AOL Way,” which demanded spikes in blogger output with dips in blogger expenses."
"Armstrong once said in an interview, not as a joke, that he had hired the Jonas Brothers to help “redesign the internet,” an initiative that has still not been completed."
"He once fired an underling for taking his picture at a meeting, ordering him “OUT!” in a conference call dog-bark."
By the way, you can hear an audio of that firing here.
Biddle finishes with a flourish: "Tim Armstrong is a robotic and possibly sociopathic manager, the kind of guy who will fire you with a smile on his face."
And a song in his heart.
We'll leave the last comment for an anonymous former AOL worker, who wrote this comment more than four years ago: "Since TA came on board, the place eats away one's soul like cancer -- making one question one's self worth."
Good luck, Verizon.
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