A lot of talk and speculation about why Danny Sullivan has decided to leave SEW and SES going around in the SEO Community. So many people have been asking me my thoughts and why I think.
I honestly do not have any solid concrete ideas nor am I qualified to make judgements, but after attending some of the SES and most recently the SES NYC 2006 I do have some opinions, but thats all they are.....just opinions.
I was not impressed with the content that was presented at the SES NYC 2006 (besides a few such as Eric Ward) and especially was not impressed with "guest speakers" etc. (and keynotes) I almost fell through my chair (cause I was nodding off) during the Ask.com infomercial. I am not kidding thats what it felt like. I go to keynotes to get inspired not to listen to commercials for Ask.com (I don't care that they changed from AskJeeves.com to Ask.com) Its not worth sitting over an hour to tell me why. I couldn't even get away from OFFLINE SPAM at a SES!
Maybe this is why Danny has decided to leave. He's getting bored with what the "hire ups" are making him do. Its rumored he's doing it for the money. Maybe, but I think something happened. We may never know. But when you are "Danny Sullivan" and you are no longer happy at a SES (the biggest thing since sliced bread for SEO's) then you know there is a problem!
Maybe he's tired of Corp. America....I know I AM! But whatever, it's his life and he needs to live it, but it will be interesting to see what comes of this.
This is what Danny says about it: (I still think it goes deeper then this)
I was concerned about moving forward with Incisive, however. I'm far from the only reason behind the success of SEW and SES, but I've played a major role. I helped build both of those assets. Then I watched one company sell them to another without me having any formal capital stake in the sale. That left me wary of history repeating itself. I wasn't going to help this new company grow the business out of the sheer kindness of my heart.
I explained these reservations at the very beginning of my relationship with Incisive, that I needed some long-term incentive for helping them continue to grow and strengthen the site and conferences. After over a year of talks, that's failed to materialize. As a result, I'm departing.