→ Macro Arment Expands on Talent Acquistions

The closing paragraph of Macro Arment’s talent acquisition post yesterday was widely quoted:

If you want to keep the software and services around that you enjoy, do what you can to make their businesses successful enough that it’s more attractive to keep running them than to be hired by a big tech company.

His follow-up piece today ends just as strong:

It’s frustrating when a product or service you like goes out of business, and that’s effectively what happened here. Sparrow tried to succeed in an extremely difficult market, and apparently failed. Their customers supported their efforts up to this point, but there probably weren’t enough customers for them to refuse Google’s offer.

Don’t blame Sparrow. Blame the terrible market for email clients.

As you can probably guess, the whole thing is worth a read.