451 Research - There was a big round of layoffs at 451 Research recently, with a reported 14 people (8 analysts and a handful of other staff) getting the axe. Those let go include Director, Network Research, Peter Christy who spent four years with the firm, running the Network Practice and is now “delightfully unemployed”. Also on the chopping block was Declan Lonergan, Vice President in charge of 451 Research's Mobile Telecom Channel. Declan joined 451 Research with the company's acquisition of Yankee Group in 2013.
Reportedly, the analysts let go were some of the highest paid on the 451 roster, leading us to believe this decision was strictly financially motivated. 451 recently moved from its affordable Liberty Square offices into a much more upscale office in another part of Boston. They also went on a hiring spree at the end of last year, but then suffered a dreadful Q4/Q1, so the writing was on the wall.
Reuters - Salvador Rodriguez will join the San Francisco bureau of Reuters as a Reporter covering enterprise software and cloud computing, effective May 16. Most recently, Salvador covered tech, diversity, startups and entrepreneurs for Inc magazine. He also previously served at International Business Times and the Los Angeles Times.
WIRED - Nitasha Tiku has been hired as a Senior Writer covering Silicon Valley. She comes from BuzzFeed‘s San Francisco bureau, and previously worked at The Verge, Gawker and the New York Observer. Mark Robinson has rejoined WIRED as Features Editor after a brief stint as Editor-in-Chief at Epic Magazine. He previously served as WIRED’s Executive Editor, having initially joined the outlet as senior editor in 2001. Lastly, Jason Tanz has been promoted to Site Director, up from Editor-at-Large. In this role, he oversees digital strategy and content across all WIRED platforms.