Wikia Lays Off 10%, But Is Still Hiring

Posted Oct 20, 2008

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.