On Leaving Mapbox After 12 Years
I wasn't at any company for twelve years, but I do know what this kind of investor-pressure corporate swerve feels like:
Over the next few years, Mapbox tried to find success in a variety of industries: journalism, social media, travel, etc. We never hit numbers that were big enough for our investors. In the process, we abandoned our focus on Open Source and Open data. Then, as is the case with many mapping companies, Mapbox shifted focus to the auto industry. My fear of loss of control fully materialized at this point. I’m a lifelong bicycle commuter, and I think cars are unequivocally bad. They ruin cities, contribute to environmental decline (even electric cars!) and kill people. It’s hard not to be ashamed that I helped build a company whose mission is now to make new cars more appealing.