Jimbo Wales has left the building?

Maybe I’m missing something, but isn’t it kind of significant that Jimmy Wales, one of the main drivers behind Wikipedia, Wikimedia and Wikia, has stepped down as chair of the Wikimedia Foundation? Or is this just normal board reorganization within a non-profit? According to Jimmy, he’s too busy. Okay, I could probably buy that.

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: Molly.com (YC W18), Uber, Google.

3 thoughts on “Jimbo Wales has left the building?”

  1. If he were resigning from the board, then it would be significant. Stepping down as chair, probably not so much, especially with Florence taking over. She is more than worthy, and he is definitely busy.

  2. I spoke with Jimmy last night and it sounded like he just wanted to be able to focus more time on Wikia. Wikia is really starting to take off and I would guess its a combination of wanting to stay focused as well as maybe deal with questions around conflict of interest. That last part is pure conjecture on my part … 🙂

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