A company sending a "reassuring" message about how they now won't run out of funding — for the next SIX MONTHS — because they "funding secured" is just another way of saying "this company is almost inevitably going under"
On June 7, NPM CEO Bryan Bogensberger told employees in an internal Slack message that the company had reached a deal with its board of directors to provide enough funding to take it through at least the first quarter of 2020.
He also implied that NPM had faced the possibility of running out of money, saying: “This is absolutely the best of both worlds because we can run a proper raise process without the threat of running out of money and with the full support of the board.”
This look into NPM’s financial situation comes about a month after 17 employees wrote an internal letter demanding better working conditions and criticizing management’s lack of financial transparency, in the wake of a controversial layoff at the company.
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Bogensberger told employees in an internal Slack message on June 7 that the company has until the end of July to take the offer. In the interim, he said, NPM leadership is being encouraged by the board to continue the fundraising process with outside investors. He also implied that NPM had faced risks of running out of money.
“This is absolutely the best of both worlds because we can run a proper raise process without the threat of running out of money and with the full support of the board,” Bogensberger wrote to employees.
Doesn't this seem like a lot of people for a tool like NPM?
If all they did was make the NPM cli tool then that would be right, but NPM also has features like managing a private module repository, and paying for that, and they need to sell that feature, so really 50 people for a tech startup selling development tools isn't that many.
It really doesn't matter too much though. As you mentioned, what they do is not that difficult and there are good alternatives (exp yarn).