It’s the middle of the night as I write this, and while I’m surprised to be posting a blogpost*, that’s not the biggest surprise of the week — I **thought** that was going to be the offer for Epicor, or maybe the VP debates (please don’t get me started; if you read my Twitterstream, you’ll know my opinion) — but while I was head-down all week trying to get our November Special Issue wrapped up, midmarket CRM vendor Entellium seemed to be coming apart at the seams, and CEO Paul Johnston is history—or, worse, deleted from history. [Details after the break...]
[*NOTE: There used to be a rambling opening line here, but I've removed it.]
First off, we’ve got no firsthand confirmation, and no one at Entellium seems reachable (read on for why), but the reporting seemed to snowball over the week:
Next, a h/t…My little snipehunt began with this tweet: http://snurl.com/42qf8
Bucholtz: Rumor central: Entire staff of Entellium walked out of the building this afternoon – company crisis or extremely elaborate fire drill?
But that was today! Friday, October 3rd — a little poking around (not very much, to be honest — what **did** we do before the Interwebs?) opened my eyes to the unRAVEling (ow — sorry — did I mention it’s late here?) of the bad news that’s been playing out at Entellium HQ in Seattle this week — excerpts from my Twitterstream tonight:
So partly I’m saying, “Wow.” But I’m also saying, “I think we all got caught with our pants down a little.” Kristi Heim at The Seattle Times seems to be the only journo with any teeth in this thing yet. (In fact, a *big* h/t to you, Ms. Heim.)
Anyway, come Monday, we’ll start to dig into this in earnest. (From what I can gather, there’s an Entellium board meeting on Monday – so we’ll certainly know more after that.) But possibly someone out there already knows and wants to share with the rest of us…?
Comment field is below — have at it with news, rumors, speculation, Paul Johnston’s cell #…?
(Actually, if you could just direct-message that last part to me on Twitter…? =) )