Evernote’s Freshly Minted COO Linda Kozlowski Is Leaving The Firm
Evernote made a reputation for itself because the platform the place you can retailer your concepts and notes for life, and past. However the identical permanence doesn’t apply to the individuals who work there.
We’ve confirmed by way of a number of sources that Linda Kozlowski, Evernote’s COO, has put in her discover and shall be leaving the corporate by the top of this yr.
It’s not clear why Kozlowski goes, nevertheless it’s notable for its abruptness: Kozlowski has been with Evernote for simply over three years, however solely took up the COO position this previous summer time.
It’s additionally notable when monitoring what else may comply with. Watch for departures of at the least 4 extra executives within the months to return, our sources say.
Kozlowski’s departure after such a short while within the position underscores the upheaval at Evernote in the mean time.
Evernote, based in 2007, counts over one hundred million customers of its notice-taking and organizational cellular and desktop apps, and it has raised some $290 million in funding from buyers like Sequoia, Morgenthaler and (most just lately) Japan’s monetary media big Nikkei.
However extra lately, the corporate appears to be in disarray. It has been slammed for having a scarcity of product focus — rolling out and shutting quite a lot of vertical apps and providers, placing assets into a bodily items market when the core product is an app. And it’s been criticised for failing to transform sufficient customers from free to paying tiers.
It’s additionally not a shock to see execs depart, contemplating that most of the senior employees on the firm date from when Phil Libin was operating the present. (Whereas Libin stays as government chairman, he’s additionally now a associate at Basic Catalyst so shouldn’t be within the combine daily as O’Neill is.)
Kozlowski has been a key individual in Evernote’s progress each into new markets in addition to into new enterprise areas, as identified by Libin when he blogged about her appointment:
Throughout her tenure, Linda has labored tirelessly to deliver Evernote to people and groups all over the world. As VP of Worldwide Operations, she ran all of Evernote’s international initiatives and oversaw the enlargement of Evernote into China and Brazil. Extra just lately, Linda directed Evernote’s international pricing technique, which culminated within the profitable launch of the brand new Evernote Plus and Evernote Premium tiers.
All essential milestones for Evernote, for positive. However because the startup continues, within the phrases of O’Neill, its concentrate on progress and enlargement for tomorrow, customers and Evernote’s employees itself will in all probability be questioning what additional modifications will occur in the present day.
Evernote and Kozlowski didn’t reply to requests for remark.