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An Exit Interview With’s

An Exit Interview With’s Neil Budde: Wall Street Journal Online Publisher Neil Budde is departing the site, and E&P Online does an “exit interview” with him. Budde will not be replaced, with his duties being assumed by other senior managers, including Electronic Publishing Unit President Scott Schulman, who Budde has reported to for the last year or so.

“Our decision [to charge] is rooted in the fact that we started the work on it before the Web took off. We were thinking it would be a subscription service using our proprietary software. Our sense from the beginning was that we have to build a good-enough product that people will pay for it. So when we switched to the Web, we still felt like it had a lot of value and we felt like a lot of the company’s core assets were in this product.”