Over a year ago I was toiling for a nifty little start up in Boulder, Colorado. I was living in San Francisco at the time but was contributing news/insight to the fledgling operation through current Social Media Super-Scientist, Eric Elkins. After a couple good calls and meetings with the CEO, I moved out there to work for the company full-time. As standard in any start-up, I took an anemic salary (W-fucking-2) and threw my heart and brain into the mission.
Well, after a year the company took a turn for the worse and laid off anyone that couldn't program or hadn't negotiated a sweet, iron-clad deal ahead of time. As customary, I requested a Letter of Recommendation from the CEO. "It's been my policy not to write letter of recommendation and I'd prefer to stick to that," he said. Now, this is someone with whom I worked side-by-side in cramped offices and for whom I spent four months in the wilds of the god-awful Cincinnati - alone. This wasn't some distance email address that signed my checks.
After much haranguing and an eventual tense face-to-face demand, the CEO agreed to write me a recommendation on LinkedIn. I hadn't checked my LinkedIn profile in awhile and when I did, I noticed I was a recommendation short. This guy had withdrawn my recommendation. I didn't even know that that was possible.
What changed? Well, he resigned from the company and, as things were preettttty rocky, I'm guessing that it didn't go well. I wonder if he even had a choice.
But what kind of jerk withdraws a recommendation? What kind of petty bastard goes back through his profile and does that? Maybe there's a good reason - maybe he just wanted to step way, way away from the company.