Wirefly is on the ropes

Either the world is more connected than I thought or I spend too much damned time on the web. (Why can’t it be both?) This might have slipped my notice if I hadn’t come across the blog of Kate Michaels, Ms DC 2006 earlier this week (she’s in Bobbitt’s production of The Secret Garden at Adventure Thearter, which I wrote about the other day) and noticed the banner for the National Marathon in this post. “The Wirefly National Marathon” boasts the website.

Unfortunately it seems that InPhonic, Wirefly’s parent company, is flagging well before the 26th mile marker. They’re seeking chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as they try to sell off their assets after a fairly unpleasant downward spiral over the last few years. Companies come and go and, quite frankly, under normal circumstances the demise of any organization in the cellphone business is more likely to make me cackle than cringe. I hate cellphone companies.

However InPhonic is a local and an employer of over 1,000 people. So aside from wondering how much the bankruptcy judge will let them off the hook for their sponsorship of the 2008 marathon, I wonder how many people are going to be looking for work here in town when the post-sale gutting is complete?

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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