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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 Amazon.com. 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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