- Feb 28, 2004
What I mean is any buyer might worry the XF team would leave (again) and start another company (again).
Im sure any sale would include a non compete agreement.
Never say never but the circumstances wouldn't be the same.
My understanding is JelSoft, vBulletin's development company was sold to Internet Brands by James Lim who I presume had authority over the rest of the development team. Some of those developers who went on to form Xenforo may not have had any say in the sale (conjecture on my part) which resulted in them working under Internet Brands in some capacity.
There are other posts which give reasons for the subsequent abandonment of Internet Brands and the formation of Xenforo but the bottom line is the circumstances in which the original Xenforo team chose to leave Internet Brands in order to create a new product are unlikely to be repeated because this time, they have control.
My understanding is that:
- Keir, et al, were not involved in the sale or aware of the sale until it has taken place or close to that point.
- Keir was effectively running development for vB at that point. When IB pissed him and the others off so much that they left, IB lost its development leadership.