2011 will likely be remembered for its bubbly valuations. But plenty of startup employees may wind up recalling it as the year that their company’s top dog was kicked to the curb or else stepped aside to make room for someone better suited for the challenges ahead.
Etsy staffers will be among them. Today, the online marketplace for handmade goods revealed in a blog post that CTO Chad Dickerson has replaced Etsy founder Rob Kalin as CEO. (AllThingsD was first to notice the post, in which Dickerson smartly thanked Kalin for dreaming up Etsy, as well as for hiring him.)
It isn’t yet clear whether Kalin wanted to stay or go, but he’s now been in and out of the CEO’s (presumed) cubicle twice. In 2008, Kalin handed the management reins to Maria Thomas, NPR’s longtime digital head before coming to Etsy. By late 2009, he was back, and she was gone.
Following are some others who this year have gone from managing, to having time for Mah Jong.