There has been some incredible talent joining WP Engine lately. First it was Nick Daines, who headed up Rackspace’s famous customer support program. Now it’s Heather Brunner, former COO for Bazaarvoice.
The departure of so many early and key executives from Bazaarvoice is an unfortunate trend. Founder Brett Hurt has gone to Austin Ventures, former VP of Sales Michael Osborne went on to co-found Handshakez, founding CMO Sam Decker went on to be a co-founder at Mass Relevance, and former CMO Erin Nelson just took the President job at Dachis Group. This is bad news for Bazaarvoice, whose stock has fallen 50% since it’s IPO, but good news in terms of this giant oak tree dropping entrepreneurial acorns all over Austin.
Today Ken Yeung at The Next Web speculates that the hiring of Heather hints at an impending impending IPO for WP Engine. That’s quite a stretch (to put it mildly), and the company’s blog post brushes it off in a “we’re flattered” manner. Despite WP Engine being a fantastic company, setting an IPO expectation with anybody when you’re around a million or two in revenue is not wise.
Congrats to Heather and the folks at WP Engine who appear to be amassing a fantastic team. We host at WP Engine, and you should too!