Tech blog Silicon Florist reports
today that Small Society, a "Quintessential Portland" iPad and
iPhone app developer,* has been purchased by a division of Walmart.
Small Society's statement says its small team will stay in Portland and "will focus all of our attention on a single company – the largest one in the world." But the Walmart Labs blog—yes, there is such a thing, and it's hosted at blogspot.com—seems to acknowledge a certain mismatch:
“Portland?” you say? Yes–Portland! …[W]e have recruited a few more talented developers in the area. Our Portland office works closely with the rest of the team here in Silicon Valley, and together we will deliver world-class experiences for all of Walmart’s global businesses.
"Small is the new big," Walmart's announcement says.
Corporate is the new grunge. The dream of the '80s is alive…
* Whose co-founder, Raven Zachary, was interviewed by WW in 2009.