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    Our key hire running all server operations and infrastructure passed away suddenly and unexpectedly very recently.

    I think… this is a valid reason.

    It may be an unpopular opinion, but it’s hard to ignore the human element here.

    I don’t know. It’s a tough situation.

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      I suppose all that talk about “Bus Factor” isn’t metaphorical sometimes. My condolences to the Layer team :’(

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      Is there any source for this? We’re using Layer’s API at my workplace and we’ve not heard anything on this. Their website says nothing and there’s no sources except this article. Even on Twitter the only person posting about it is the author of this article (who works for a direct competitor).

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        Did you ever find out whether this is legit?

        One thing to note is that the author says Layer is only shutting down Layer Chat. But the way the email is phrased, it sounds like all of Layer is being shut down. It’s a strange post.

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          No, I’ve not found anything to corroborate this so far.

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            ~ tschellenbach just now | link | edit | delete | reply Author here, I received a notification about this from one of our customers who switched from Layer to Stream. I’ve since had a conversation with Layer to confirm.

            Yup it’s real

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            Separate followup update: We had this confirmed to us today - apparently they missed us before.

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            Author here, I received a notification about this from one of our customers who switched from Layer to Stream. I’ve since had a conversation with Layer to confirm.

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            I love that this article is a good balance of reflective thought and quick shade.

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              I actually updated my post a bit, maybe i was a bit too harsh. It’s just that APIs shutting down is bad for startups in this space. If you buy something from AWS you know it will be around for a while. Even with Parse’s graceful shutdown I spent months convincing customers that Stream would be ok and continue to operate. Anyhow I was a bit too grumpy about this.