Teehan & Lax join Facebook(teehanlax.com)

5 years ago from Ian Clarke, Designer & Web Developer

  • ChrisArchitec t, 5 years ago

    seems like a big hurt for Toronto. I mean, one of our biggest local design/dev successes and at their peak they jump ship?/disappear to SF? ouch.

    44 points
    • Julian CJulian C, 5 years ago


      2 points
      • ChrisArchitec t, 5 years ago

        thx. Yeah, not so much 'hurt' in a damaging what's going on way, but rather, setting a bad example!

        1 point
    • Jonathan SuhJonathan Suh, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

      I don't think it's fair to use the words "jump ship" and "disappear." We have no idea what was involved in making this decision, and to say it was as shallow as jumping ship is unfair. I doubt it was an easy decision—I'd like to think there was a lot of pain, doubt, heartache involved.

      If we respected T+L for the kind of agency, culture, and work they've built for the past 12 years, we can also give them the benefit of the doubt that, although a tough decision, they didn't do it so flippantly as disappearing.

      17 points
      • Cameron MollCameron Moll, 5 years ago

        Well said, Jonathan. How often the internet forgets there are two sides to every story.

        And being a business owner myself, weighing "what's best for me personally" against "what's best for the business" doesn't always reconcile nicely and neatly, regrettably.

        15 points
      • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, 5 years ago

        Ditto. I might be more inclined to think there was ill will if I hadn't had so many pleasant interactions, work, and writing from them over the years.

        1 point
      • Marcus CampbellMarcus Campbell, 5 years ago

        When the 3 people at the top get new jobs and about 40 others beneath them lose theirs, I think it's pretty fair to call it jumping ship.

        2 points
        • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, 5 years ago

          Theres other aspects to this:Did the 40 get good severance packages? Are they providing assistance with finding new positions? Did the rest of the company have an idea it might be coming?

          Theres still a lot of questions.

          3 points
    • Wade MeredithWade Meredith, 5 years ago

      This will cut both ways. Yes, the individual jobs are a loss, but Toronto is now thrust into the spotlight (briefly) as a hotbed for talent.

      1 point
      • Adam Brace, 5 years ago

        Toronto has been in the spotlight for a long time as a hotbed for talent. We have a great tech/design community here

        2 points