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Norse Corp cofounder Sam Glines has hit out at the media after he was fired on Monday as CEO of the threat intelligence company. In January, The Register broke the news that Norse was laying off a sizable chunk of its workforce. Since then, the biz's website has been up and down, and it appears that its operations are grinding …
quote: sold product capabilities that Norse simply didn't have in place yet.
So how is this different from any other company I worked for? Sales were always selling stuff that didn't exist, then blaming the techs when we told them (and the client) that it couldn't be done. I lost a lucrative position because I had I point out to the client that the functionality claimed by the sales rep simply didn't exist in what they had been sold. Although it was the sales weasel that lied, I was the one turfed from my position. Sales is about lying and getting away with it. I fail to see ho this company was any different from others?
Necessity-driven ignorance of basic facts springs eternal.
If one is "very cheaper / faster / better" than the competition, there is probably a heap of debt, technical, personal or otherwise, accumulating in the corner, studiously ignored by (sometimes overly youthful) management waiting for the "escape velocity" to take over.
The fact that customers demand the moon and a complimentary iPad for a sum that might support a lone siberian survivalist living on beans for a month does not help.
(Also a nice foreshadowing what will happen to lots of companies once the cheap paper money dires up and the monetary bubble inevitably collapses)
It says something that the one time I know of where a sales weasel lost their job for promises that couldn't be delivered, I didn't believe it to be true until we got the e-mail.
It turned out he'd made the mistake of lying to the company as well as the client. "Oh yes, I've got *loads* of customers if we just develop it like this". After a lot of development work, we discovered, guess what, no customers.
What's so sad here are ALL the people that are hurt. Great wonderful and very talented people. Sadly companies don't make it. Happens almost all the time now a days. It doesn't mean the company was a "scam". It Ran for what? 6 years with their investment money. From what I see they strived to hire the best in the business. It was a start up company trying to make it big with big technology and big talent. People spent hours away from their families at the office, on planes, traveling to different cities or countries working incredibly long hours. I'm not sure there is one person who is not emotionally or physically upset at the outcome so far. The truth is that there are amazing people who are now in need of amazing jobs to support their self and/or families. I truly believe everyone ( even the CEO & CTO) gave 200% and believed in this company and its employees. People need to form together to help one another and not bash each other down. I know we would like to believe we have all the facts but almost always we really don't. Good luck to all.
"... some staff were promised a significant bonus upon completion. ..... and the bonus wasn't forthcoming. ..... Norse agreed to stop withholding the bonuses after one of the programmers threatened to sue."
Every competent manager knows that it's money which motivates people to do a good job and that it's easy to lie to technical staff and get away with it.
I do want to address the implication that the company was somehow conducting less than above-board operations. The word ‘scam’ was used
He then goes on to say how hurtful it was for this ex-employee to use that word. Nowhere that I can see does he get even close to denying the accusation though, let alone refuting it.
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