The big news tonight is that Woot! was acquired by Amazon. That’s all well and good and I’m happy for them, but I think the best part of it is the statement released by Matt Rutledge, the CEO. It’s well worth a read, if only because it’s so hilarious.
It’s not every day that you see CEOs writing things like “Woot and all our various sites will continue to be an independently operated company full of horrible, useless products and an untalented jerkface writing staff, same as it ever was.” and “Several months ago, when we were all sitting on Jeff Bezos’s bumper drinking orange Mad Dog and trying not to be noticed, we heard a voice in the distance yelling “You kids better not scratch my Mercedes or I’m calling the cops!”” Seriously, when was the last time you saw someone reference Mad Dog like that?
Anyway, I think having a boss with a sense of humor is great. To be able to run a successful company and also seem like a regular guy without any air of pretension? That’s awesome. Here’s hoping that everything works out for the folks at Woot!… and maybe one of these days I’ll get a Bag of Crap.