Yesterday Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Register (I met him at SC09 — it was cool to put a face with the reporting) reported on a conversation he had with Dan Gatti, Verari’s SVP of marketing. He seems to have stuck with the same talking points that David Wright used when he talked with insideHPC on Monday
“Our doors are not closed,” said Gatti. “We are open. We are in the process of doing a restructure and we are working out the details to provide support, maintenance, and equipment to our customers.”
He also wouldn’t confirm exact numbers in the layoff, but stuck to the vague language that the company has been using in its official communications. Terms like “a good percentage” and “most.” Commenters at insideHPC have been quite consistently using words like “all” when talking about the numbers of those laid off, so the remaining numbers must be limited to a small handful of selected team members.
Unfortunately for Verari, those remaining do not include co-founder and CTO Dave Driggers
Gatti also said that Dave Driggers, one of the co-founders of Verari and the firm’s chief technology officer, was no longer employed by Verari. David Wright, who was brought in to Verari to be its chief executive officer in June 2006 and who replaced Driggers as chairman in June 2007 when the company got its third round of venture capital funding, is still working at Verari and with Gatti is working on the restructuring plan.