Here's my question. Should I E-Mail the marketing owners at my now-former job links to my blog and relevant articles? I don't believe in democracy. I'll consider both arguments and the majority opinion.
I'm on the fence between "do it" and "don't do it". There's zero downside to doing it, other than the time spent writing the E-Mail, so why not?
Arguments against E-Mailing the marketing owners:
- It's their company. They're responsible for what their employees do. Even if they were totally duped, they're still responsible for the actions of their subordinates.
- It's not my $500M opportunity being flushed down the toilet. While I was working there, I had an obligation to do my best, even if it meant exposing the Rails project and idiot new manager as frauds. I am under no such obligation now. Why should I give them free consulting?
- Such an E-Mail might be viewed as "sour grapes".
- They might sue me for mentioning them indirectly in my blog, even though I never refer to them by name.
- Do they deserve a working product?
- If you start a software company with zero knowledge of software, you deserve a disaster. They should have picked a qualified technical person as co-founder. However, I could not have formed such a company, because I don't have the customer contacts they do. I could not start a financial software company because I have no marketing contacts.
- Their customers are already getting close to dropping them or losing interest. It probably could still be salvaged with a working product in the next few months.
- If they're serious about running a software company, is it their obligation to contact me?
- They might decide to hire me to write their website for them. I could do it independently, as a backup for when the Rails project fails miserably. I'm unemployed right now, and have nothing better to do!
- It'll create some extra tension for the people that screwed me over.
- They did seem like sincerely nice guys. They had no knowledge of software and got duped by con artists. Professional psychopaths take advantage of people with sincerely good intentions. In their specialty, marketing, they actually seemed to be doing quite well. They were able to sell something that doesn't exist, and never will exist unless they hire me to create it for them. (There's a small chance they could luck into someone else with a clue, but the psychopathic idiot new manager would never allow that.)
- It would be very lucrative for me, if they decided to use my version of their website and gave me even a small slice of equity.
- The marketing owners might hire me as co-founder in a future business, after this one fails. By marketing standards, they actually seemed quite impressive, although I'm not an expert at marketing.
- The Rails advocate and idiot new manager already are people I wouldn't consider working with ever again. Why should I care if they get pissed off at me?
- "FSK got fired" probably doesn't sit well with a lot of them. I doubt the idiots got approval before firing me. I didn't get "you're about to get fired" vibes from the marketing guys.
- I never did get a chance to properly say goodbye. Most of the marketing guys seemed sincerely nice.