Ch – ch – ch- changes! The six-year-old media startup Tumblr is going through quite a few right now, namely focusing on profitability versus growth in its product efforts — enabling a promoted post feature in addition to just recently launching mobile ads. The company is looking for a “Sheryl Sandberg-type” COO, amidst a series of executive departures and layoffs.
Business Insider confirmed this with Tumblr board member and Sequoia Roelof Botha, who will take the stage with founder David Karp at TechCrunch Disrupt New York next week to talk about Tumblr’s future and perhaps even announce the COO new hire (we hope!).
In any case, the talk will probably be illuminating after a week filled with tough but optimistic decision-making, “The team usually walks out of those meetings feeling a little beat up. But your best teachers were probably your hardest teachers. Your best coaches were your hardest coaches,” Botha told BI.
Karp and Botha join our amazing list of Disrupt NY speakers that currently includes Dennis Crowley, Bill Gurley, Chamath Palihapitiya, John Donahoe, Limor Fried, Ron Conway and David Lee.
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Tumblr founder David Karp was born and raised in New York City, attending the Bronx High School of Science before dropping out at age 15. An internship at Frederator Studios led to a gig leading product at UrbanBaby. When CNET acquired the company in 2005, Karp started his own development agency, Davidville. In 2007 his team launched Tumblr, now the home and platform for more than 100 million creators. As a top 15 US network, Tumblr serves an audience of more than 170 million people worldwide.