Insecure code-slinger Marco Arment was an original employee at Tumblr, when it was just two dudes in a room. He wrote a nostalgic little post yesterday about the company's rise to Yahoo's pocketbook, with one important conclusion: he's rich too. OK? Very rich. Not yacht rich, but rich. OK?
Arment—who also created (and recently sold) Instapaper—takes us on a dull trot through coding memory lane:
David always had a vision for where he wanted to go next. I was never the “idea guy” — in addition to my coding and back-end duties, I often served as an idea editor. David would come in with a grand new feature idea, and I’d tell him which parts were infeasible or impossible, which tricky conditions and edge cases we’d need to consider, and which other little niceties and implementation details we should add.
Woof. This is why they needed Aaron Sorkin to make The Social Network interesting. If you skip all the David Karp slobbering, you'll get to the reason Arment bothered with this in the first place: answering the question no one asked. Are you rich now, too? Are you?
As for me, while I wasn’t a “founder” financially, David was generous with my employee stock options back in the day. I won’t make yacht-and-helicopter money from the acquisition, and I won’t be switching to dedicated day and night iPhones. But as long as I manage investments properly and don’t spend recklessly, Tumblr has given my family a strong safety net and given me the freedom to work on whatever I want. And that’s exactly what I plan to do.
Good to know, Marco—and we're glad you went with something slightly more subtle than a selfie with liquid gold spilling out of your mouth. You know, since running a Twitter account from the perspective of your BMW wasn't enough.
Your ship has come in @marcoarment— Marco's M5 (@M5arment) May 8, 2013