“The situation is especially sad because the public was still enthusiastic about Maker Media’s products Dougherty said that despite rain, Maker Faire’s big Bay Area event last week met its ticket sales target. 1.45 million people attended its events in 2016. MAKE: magazine had 125,000 paid subscribers and the company had racked up over one million YouTube subscribers. But high production costs in expensive cities and a proliferation of free DIY project content online had strained Maker Media.”
They laid off 22 employees. It seems like they should have been able to make that continue to work. Something seems strange about this, like it’s a move to reinvent the place as a nonprofit or something, or just a way to ditch the magazine. Hopefully something else comes out of it. It would be a shame to lose the momentum of the maker faires. I don’t think the magazine is that great, but the organization and marketing of the community is/was.