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Monday, January 08, 2007

Final Goodbye to Marketsmart Interactive

Wow, it's final. The very first company I ever worked for, the company that introduced me to web marketing, taught me the fundamentals of Search Engine Optimization, has officially closed down. Once one of the biggest names in SEO, is now just a memory. I went into the company when it was called Websourced, and left at Websourced's peak. Then I heard about the company crashing, rebranding into Marketsmart Interactive, Rounds of Layoffs, and now, finally, the closing of the company.

Other than the salary, I had some great times there. I felt like I was a part of a team (Team Barracudas) and I had lots of fun. I learned so much from that company, both career wise and people wise. I'm really sad to see it go away.

A lot of people I know from there are blogging about it, just as I am.

Post from my bud Evan, on the causes of the end of the company.
The Relief from the French
Brent the copywriter
JP the competitive intelligence expert
Andy Beal the Industry Expert

Please take some time and remember all the great memories everyone had there, such as basketball and $50 bonuses.



Blogger JP Sherman said...

when it was good, it was really good... lots of great people were there and like you, I had a lot of fun. It's sad to see it go. While there are some competing theories on why it collapsed, I think that those who went through it came out stronger, smarter and more qualified for future careers.

(PS, great blog Paul...)

1/18/2007 7:19 AM  
Blogger Paul Zhao said...

Thanks JP, I hear you're doing well nowadays. I remember the time when we were both in the cafeteria, you were talking about linking analysis, and I jokingly asked you "could you get me ranked for 'discount travel'".

Those were the good old days. But I totally agree, every one of us came out qualified for some great careers.

1/18/2007 7:02 PM  
Blogger JP Sherman said...

I remember the analysts giving you cans of spam for your birthday...

are you on linked in?

1/19/2007 7:52 AM  
Blogger Paul Zhao said...

Definately remember.......and Brandon H literally spammed me, by sending me hundreds of Emails, each with a funny pic attached. How he had the dedication, I'll never know.

Yes, I'm in LinkedIn. Do a search for Paul Zhao, and my Email's ppzhao at

1/19/2007 11:09 AM  

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