On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, our company Arc90 entered into an agreement to be acquired by SFX Entertainment. SFX is the world’s largest producer and promoter of live electronic dance music.
The designers and developers at Arc90 will become the core of the SFX Platform Team. We will work with the other groups at SFX to create a completely new digital platform to connect and serve the legions of fans and artists that make up electronic music culture.
I will oversee this effort as Chief Product Officer. Everyone who works at Arc90 will be part of the new product team. We will also be adding developers and growing the team. We are gearing up to do great engineering at a world-changing scale.
We are incredibly excited.
At our founding in 2004 we decided to make Arc90 a company focused on building world-class digital platforms for a very small number of clients. Our client engagements typically lasted years. We became known as a developer-first company that did innovative work, and as active contributors to the open-source community. We also became known for the products that came out of Arc90 Labs, such as Kindling and Readability.
SFX originally came to Arc90 as a client. As the relationship grew, we were incredibly impressed by the scope of SFX’s vision: a vision of one digital framework that connects together every aspect of Electronic Music Culture (EMC). It was clear to us that SFX had plans to build something entirely new and unprecedented: a global, API-driven platform that delivers content, connects people to events (and to each other), connects artists to their fans, integrates with the largest social networks, and works across devices. And those are just the aspects of the system that we can publicly disclose.
We knew we wanted this challenge. We wanted to build and support this system, and we knew we’d need to grow to do that. That’s why an acquisition made perfect sense.
I’m proud of the family we’ve built. But I also know that this is a wonderful way forward. It’s a chance to watch our culture grow and adapt. Arc90’s commitment to great design and rigorous approach to engineering will become the core of SFX’s platform strategy. Our engineers will have more opportunities, more challenges, more opportunities to scale, and more chances to attend awesome dance festivals than any other engineers on earth.
We see incredibly exciting days ahead. If you’d like to join us on this next journey, we’re hiring and we’d love to hear from you.
Finally, to the employees, clients, and supporters who helped us get here: thank you.