Wikia Lays Off 10%, But Is Still Hiring

Wikia has laid off 10% of their work-force. The startup co-founded by Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley has about 43 employees in their company. Wikia is a search engine powered by humans. People vote for results as they search for keywords. The lay-off news is contradictory to earlier reports that Wikia was going to lay-off 30%.

Wikia is still hiring interns, advertising salespersons, and a Marketing Manager for Sports & Entertainment. Wikia has raised about $14 million in funding before the end of 2006. The first round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners at $4 million. And the other $10 million was led by Marc Andreessen, Joi Ito, and Ron Conway was involved with Wikia’s angel round.

According to Quantcast, Wikia receives about 11.8 million uniques per month. Wikia is a also associated with Federated Media.

Wikia is built from MediaWiki, the same application that runs Wikipedia. Wikia launched a toolbar on the same day as Digg, a in August 2008.

The biggest Wikia pages include WoWWiki (World of Warcraft), Wookieepedia (Star Wars), Recipes Wiki, Marvel Database Project, EverQuest II, Memory Alpha (Star Trek), Yu-Gi-Oh!, and FFXIclopedia.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Wikia Lays Off 10%, But Is Still Hiring Comments

  1. Hindleyite says:

    Evidence of the dangers of running a business based on “capitalism dressed as socialism”, to quote a certain critic.

    Their intent is noble but unfortunately clouded by necessary business and financial decisions. This may be entirely justified in the current economic climate but Wikia’s users aren’t happy – more than ever are jumping ship.

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