A cofounder of NPM, a startup that 11 million developers rely on, has resigned in the wake of a period of employee unrest
- Co-founder Laurie Voss has resigned from the developer startup NPM, he announced Thursday.
- Voss served as the chief data officer, and most recently represented NPM at two developer conferences.
- In his blog post, Voss said that NPM's paid products have "tens of thousands of happy users," and that the revenue from those businesses are enough to finance the company's "core operations."
- NPM co-founder Isaac Schlueter, who was the CEO until he was replaced by Bryan Bogensberger, remains as the company's chief product officer.
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"Our paid products, npm Orgs and npm Enterprise, have tens of thousands of happy users and the revenue from those sustains our core operations," Voss wrote.Prior to his resignation, Voss had represented NPM at the developer conferences JSConf.Asia in Singapore and Web Directions in Melbourne, Australia. Sources familiar with the matter tell Business Insider that Voss had already informed NPM's board of his decision to depart before attending these conferences.NPM has faced its share of unrest in the past few months. In March, the Register first reported on the backlash against NPM management after it was criticized for the layoff of five employees.
It was later reported that three of those employees were involved in unionization efforts at the company, and that they had filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board after they were dismissed. In late June, NPM settled with those employees.
In May, 17 NPM employees circulated an internal letter demanding better working conditions due to a lack of transparency into the company's financial health, the lack of cost-of-living raises, and related issues. The letter also indicated that there has been a 20% reduction in staff following the layoff of those 5 employees."In the past month, actions and inactions by current management have led to a 20% decline in npm staff. This trend shows no sign of slowing following a continued lack of transparency into the financial health of the company, the deletion of the employee handbook, the lack of cost-of-living raises, and the lack of accountability in the treatment of remaining staff," the letter said.
Meanwhile, in May, GitHub announced it launched a rival product.Co-founder Isaac Schlueter, who was the CEO until he was replaced by Bryan Bogensberger, is still at NPM as the chief product officer. The other co-founder, Rod Boothby, left NPM in 2016.
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