Posted August 30, 2006 10:14 am by with 9 comments

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Wow, I hope you’ve had your coffee this morning, cos this news is a shocker.

Danny Sullivan is leaving Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies. Here’s Danny’s own words on why he is leaving…

I was concerned about moving forward with Incisive, however. I’m far from the only reason behind the success of SEW and SES, but I’ve played a major role. I helped build both of those assets. Then I watched one company sell them to another without me having any formal capital stake in the sale. That left me wary of history repeating itself. I wasn’t going to help this new company grow the business out of the sheer kindness of my heart.

I explained these reservations at the very beginning of my relationship with Incisive, that I needed some long-term incentive for helping them continue to grow and strengthen the site and conferences. After over a year of talks, that’s failed to materialize. As a result, I’m departing.

I guess Incisive didn’t really want to see SEW and SES continue to grow. If they think either of those will continue to grow without Danny’s name, they’re smoking some pretty strong wacky-backy.

Good luck Danny! Take a well earned rest, then start up a new conference, we’ll all be there for ya! 🙂

UPDATE: Danny’s learned that sometimes when you blog about your departure, you end-up raising more questions than you thought you were answering – been there, done that! So Danny has added a new post that answers some of the questions being asked by the community. Reading thru everything it appears that Danny was looking for:

a. A written commitment that he would be a long-term component of SES and SEW.
b. Perhaps some kind of equity/profit-share for all his hard work.

Those are my interpretations, you can make your own, by viewing Danny’s second post.

  • rcjordan

    >start up a new conference

    [1] Pffftt! Conferences are a dime a dozen nowadays. Hell, you’ve even had one, well, sorta. Hell, **I’VE** even been part of a half-dozen or so.

    [2] I’ll bet you an Amstel there’s a Non-compete in his last contract.

  • You are right, they didn’t want to see SEW and SES growing that’s why he left. He will manage and we will hear about him soon.

  • So des anyone think SES and SEW will grow without Danny? I know they won’t collapse overnight, but continue to grow?

  • rcjordan

    Danny says I lost the Amstel bet. I’ve invited him to develop our conferences. Rejection imminent.

  • LOL – I figured he would have protected his interests before resigning – I know I did! 😉

    He’ll have a lot of offers. I would imagine he could get investor backing for a new conference, in a heartbeat!

  • rcjordan

    One word: Diller

  • rcjordan

    andy, your comment section is timing out. can’t you afford something better than this blogger-driven crap?

    back to our conversation:

    one word: Diller

  • It seems you’re the only one who ever has problems with it – are you still using dial-up? 😉

  • Do I think SEW or SES will grow without Danny? Seeing that we all know that Danny “is” SEW and SES, I would have to say no. SEW and SES won’t be the same without him but Danny will still be Danny. Incisive is clearly the loser here but hey, this is not the first time we have seen one company acquire another only to screw it all up.