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From: Matt Rutledge
To: All Woot Employees

Team, I’m emailing this to inform you all that I plan to resign my position at Woot effective Friday June 15th to move on to future projects with fewer acronyms. Undoubtedly, a few words will not give justice to the quality of experience I have had working here and how much I’ll miss you all, but I’d be remiss to stay silent.

Through your hard work and inspiration (or at least suppression of your better judgment), we created one of the most refreshingly unique companies in the world; the most reluctant retailer possible—pitching as few items as we could with the least amount of hype for the least amount of time. We were idealistic and irreverent, and no retailer was more principled or transparent than us. Even in the worst of times, like when we found ourselves commercially viable, we fought the good fight and retained the honor and contrarian upside in our brand, our community, and even our dead-horse-beaten bags of crap.

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Retail team, Wholesale team, Woot Workshop, Development, Customer Service, Community Deals, Operations, Accounting, HR… so many of you practice what can only be described as art and I am proud that in so many positions at Woot we developed great artists. I could not be happier that so many of you are growing and thriving in the current environment whether you started recently (finding us quirky) or long ago (finding us stupidly chaotic). I have the utmost faith that you will continue our success and expand the boundaries of retail for years to come. Remember: Always be the breakfast octopus.

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As I move on, one of the things I truly look forward to is being impressed and humored every day I check Woot as a true customer and fan. I’ll soon get to be one of the crazies shouting “I stayed up for this?!!” with sarcastic enjoyment. Please don’t let me down.

Woot, it has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as your semi-fearless leader for the past 18 years…
Now get the hell out of my house and have fun at college.

Should there be opportunity for a happy hour on some future Friday in a town nearby you, first rounds on me.

Sincerely,

Matt Rutledge
Founder & Worst CEO Ever
Woot Inc.

TL;DR: You make Woot unique. I am proud to have been a part of what you are building. Carry on.

PS. obligatory sentimental pop-culture diversion in lieu of cat pic

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/tear - Thanks for giving me a place to waste so much time

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What Happened???
Say it isn't so......

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@snapster:
Thank you for creating Woot! and for your years of service at this odd, (not so) little (anymore) company that's become so much more than just a site where one product is sold each day. Woot brings me multiple smiles each day; helps to answer my questions about, well, life, the universe and everything; helps me find great deals on things I need and things I never knew I even wanted and, overall, makes my life just a bit better on a very regular basis.

Best of luck to you in your future endeavors whatever those may be.

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@snapster: I bet your folks disagree with that "...Worst CEO Ever" moniker. The Wooters, too, will miss you and your influence. Wishing you much more success and happiness down the road.

Love the tags btw.

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I gotta say, @snapster, since I've known you for years, I still think there's a greater-than-zero chance you plan to show up for work on Monday and shout "MOST EPIC TROLL OF ALL TIME!!!!"

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Thanks for Woot, it's shiny. Good luck to you. Live long and prosper.

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You will be missed, @snapster, but your influence that has made Woot the way it is will always be around.

Best of luck to you, from the resident shirt nerd.

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This is totally a RAW DEAL! I'm tattling.

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Best wishes on your endeavors.

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@snapster: Damn!
It all makes sense now.
You've done a bangup job here, may it live as your legacy for a long time to come.
Best of luck in your future endeavors.
Hopefully we'll see more of your "creations" in some other space.

j5 j5
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I'm thinking this is just a ploy to get himself the coveted black triangle. :(

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Good luck and thanks for all the monkeys.

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Good luck with your future endeavors! Will we see you around still, and perhaps in the deals.woot chat?

Alright deals.woot community: Let's give him a send-off to remember. Remember the Netflix downvote rally? Let's reverse that for @snapster 's deal! @cowboydann, rally the posse!

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@snapster: although your current triangle only states your rep as 85/100, i'd give you a solid 87/100. add in the grading curve and take out those overachievers like @lichme, and that bumps you up to a solid 92/100.

so long and do let the door hit you on the way out. at least that way, woot employees can build a shrine around your butt print.

good luck in your future endeavors!

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@snapster: I hope the butt deals didn't come across as a giant mooning. That wasn't the intention. Also, I hope @slydon is right that this is crafty ploy. However, if it isn't, I hope your future endeavors are as fruitful.

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@snapster, I told everyone that this was coming, but no one ever believes me.

http://deals.woot.com/questions/details/a6ea2f49-c7b1-4f09-8d6f-13625545f897/where-is-atsnapster-have-we-been-abandoned

Keep in touch. We'll leave a candle burning in the window.

I raise my coffee in salute to you.

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Sad to see you go! Thanks for dedicating the past 8 years of your life to this site we all love. Best of luck in all your future endeavors. If you ever find yourself in the NYC area, drop me a PM, first round is on me. We owe it to you for all the fun (and cheap products, but fun comes first) you've brought into our lives.

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This shirt is not even on a USA origin blank. You really have sold out!

That being said I wish you luck in your future endeavors, and don't forget your towel.

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I wish you all the best on your next endeavors, Matt. You and your team have created a truly unique business with woot!

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Aww, bad news from my perspective. You will be very much missed. I got ready for a luncheon meeting and now must redo my makeup as the tears are rolling down my face. Much good fortune for you and your familly,and I just could not envision you in this place with these changes and especially the penny auction ads, etc. I have been here since 2004 and I, too, will be departing. Tell me sometime where we are going! God bless.

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@snapster

I have only been around for a brief period compared to some of the others here, but your influence has definitely been noticed and appreciated. This place has become a fun hobby of mine and has saved me some money in the process (unless you count all of that stuff that I didn't need but bought it cause it was a hell of a deal). THANK YOU!

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I've been here for a couple of years or so, come in every single day, check the products, check the deals and share some deals when I can, have recommended the site to many and wish to see it carry on, and this is ALL thanks to you and your creation, thank you ^_^

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@snapster Best of luck with your future endeavors and thank you for giving me a place to call home. May your legacy live on and prosper! A THANK YOU just doesn't seem like enough!

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Obligatory YouTube reference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc6aufHz-i0

@snapster: Best of luck in your new endeavors. Since you are now rich beyond belief with AMZ stock, anytime you are in town, you are buying. I'll bring the Wine.Woot cool wood inlaid wine opener. You pick up everything else.

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Itz a sad day and I have mutch sadness. :(

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@snapster:
First it was the CarTalk guys (Tom and Ray Magliozzi, known as Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers), now this!
Coincidence?
I think so!

j5 j5
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@snapster best of luck, at least we are looking forward to having you join us on the customer side.

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Wow, that's crazy...sad to see you go.
Really wondering what's going to happen at this point.
I can only second the responses above me...Woot is WAY MORE than just a deals site...it's really hard to explain it to others that just don't know...thanks for creating such a brilliant design and letting us (the community) have a say in it from time-to-time.
Good luck on your future endeavors.

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@snapster: Thanks for taking so much of my money :) It's been a blast to say the least.

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@snapster: In the words of Ralphie, "Son of a Bitch."

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@snapster I thank you for the years of giving me something to look forward to at 1am on daily basis. good luck.

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@snapster: As tribute, every year on this day, I shall plug in my set of Woot-Off lights and have them spin around exactly 8 times, 1 for every year of your Woot life while 8 screaming flying Woot Monkies sound their somber dirge.

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@snapster: I'll never be able to look at a Bag of Crap without thinking of you!

Thanks for everything and best of luck to you!!!

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Thanks for woot. May it live on forever.

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@shrdlu: Holy Smokes Batman ... You totally did call it ... " @snapster I will soon be able to be closer than ever to the community!" ha ha

Good luck @snapster

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Awww, It'll be sad to see you go :(

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@snapster: Woah, didn't see that coming. It's the end of an era man. Thanks for everything (like creating a site that has gobbled up more of my money over the years than I would care to admit) and best wishes to you in your future. You'll be missed around here.

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@snapster: Thank you for everything! I wish you the best of luck in everything you do from here on in!

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Amazon ruined woot... (this had to be said...right?)

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Best wishes, @snapster. You made a magical little thing called woot that grew into a 200lb flying monkey; for that you have my thanks. May your F5 key break trying to get a brilliant orange cupola like the rest of us schlubs now ;)

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@bingo969: Don't forget a chorus of Leakfrogs. Thanks for everything @snapster and good luck with your future endeavors

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I'm with @slydon -- does anyone know if @Snapster is wearing is "It's a Trap!" shirt again?

But seriously, we've all had a great many years to work under Matt and it's been a pleasure. Not many CEOs will let you throw baseballs at them, hang out with you at the Christmas party, or let you fight for promotions by chair jousting in the office. As sad as it is to see him go, I think we're all excited to see what he does next.