Twitter buys Values of n, snags CEO

by Karilyn Kempton | Culture

Portland-based Values of n announced on November 24 that they will be closing its doors on Monday, December 8. The good news? Their intellectual property has been bought by Twitter, so fans of Values of n's Stikkit and I Want Sandy will hopefully see some of their favourite features incorporated into Twitter in the future.

Rael Dornfest, CEO of Values of n, is moving into an engineering position on the User Experience group at Twitter; a consultant there for several months, he admits that he "fell in love with the team."

An RSS pioneer, the purchse looks to have been a strategic play for Dornfest himself. Dornfest seems to be genuinely looking forward to the move:

"I'm excited to continue building simple, engrossing products -- my favorite thing to do -- and to imbue my work with all I've learned over the last three years."

No numbers have come out yet regarding the deal, but one number we do have is $500 million, which is the offer Twitter recently turned down from Facebook.

Values of n
Portland, Oregon, United States

Our mission is to help people collaborate and get organized. Simple enough. And yet, building software that quietly facilitates collaboration as opposed to barging in with its own requirements is anything but simple. Values of n brings an iconoclastic approach to social software design. We're throwing out the well-worn assumptions about how applications are supposed to work, and are instead... more

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Karilyn Kempton

Karilyn Kempton

Karilyn is a tech writer, a nerd and a ski bum. She is particularly interested in mobile innovations, and always has her hands in a few projects at a time. She will be living in Revelstoke, BC for the winter, splitting her time between skiing and writing. Send her an email at karilyn.kempton [at], check out her blog at, and stay tuned to for her... more

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