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Motricity has confirmed its much anticipated layoffs, putting the official number at 250. The elimination of more than one third of its work…

Motricity has confirmed its much anticipated layoffs, putting the official number at 250. The elimination of more than one third of its workforce will occur over the next nine months, with all affected workers getting an unspecified severance. Previous guesses had pegged the number at about 200 of its 600-person workforce. Also, as rumored, the Durham, NC-based company, which is taking these steps following the acquisition of InfoSpace (NSDQ: INSP) Mobile last year, has also decided to relocate its headquarters to InfoSpace’s Bellevue offices to be closer to customers. Release.

Based on the details of the announcements, it appears Motricity is leaning heavily on the InfoSpace acquisition for people, technology and location:

The technology: Motricity will migrate customers from its own Fuel platform to InfoSpace’s mCore platform for Portal, Storefront, Search, Messaging and Managed Web products, although some elements from Fuel will be integrated into mCore.

The headquarters: The company will consolidate office locations, moving the headquarters location from Durham to Bellevue, “which is in close proximity to some of Motricity

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  1. ExMoWageSlave Tuesday, March 4, 2008

    This pan seems to have a flash in it.

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  2. This is a big shakeup for lots of employees. Who would like to share?

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  3. So long and thanks for all the fish… :)

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  4. Wow. I'm in disbelief. Working there was really tough but I feel like I'm a better person for it.

    While I was there, we always felt as though we were 6 months away from the cusp of greatness / Googleness / profitability.

    This may sound cheezy as hell, but my heart goes out to anyone affected by this since there are so many great people there that practically bled for the company giving up their free time and sanity to make it through a project or fire drill.

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  5. don't believe the hype Tuesday, March 4, 2008

    What does this announcement and everything else we know about the issue tell us about the credibility of all the Triangle organizations that showered Motricity and its key players with awards and accolades?

    Motricity seems to have had awfully rich compensation packages at the top levels as well as high discretionary luxury expenditures picked up by the company, whereas the usual startup deal is low current pay and somewhat downscale working conditions balanced by a high eventual payoff. Maybe the incentives were a little skewed here. (Why focus on future success if you're already getting paid?) You'd have expected VCs to have kept a little better eye on their moneys. I wonder what the top level severance packages will be. At least they got to stay in nice houses a couple of years and have personal tasks done on the VC dime. Maybe that's enough.

    Best of luck to all those affected negatively.

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  6. Hey gang, keep in touch thru LinkedIn and let me know if there's any way I can lend a hand.

    Best,

    Ken

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  7. While it's unfortunate that this is happening, I actually feel sorry for Infospace. They're losing out on a ton of very talented individuals. It's been my pleasure to work with some of the brightest and most intelligent engineers while at Motricity. It's sad that it has to end like this, but I've definitely grown as a software developer and as a professional. I would not trade all of the blood, sweat, and tears for a cushy, boring job at twice the pay…well maybe twice the pay, but you get what I'm trying to say. It's challenges like this that grow a person and I'm looking at the impending layoffs as yet another hill to climb and obstacle to overcome. Ya'll should know how to reach me via linkedin.com.

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  8. What Ken said +1.

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  9. Hey Otto, hope you've been well. — Ken

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  10. It could be worse– they all could still have jobs at Oasys Mobile…

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