Cognitect: a Clojure Merger

Relevance, the Clojure-centric custom software development company, has merged with Metadata Partners, makers of Datomic, the Clojure-based distributed database and implementation of Datalog. Justin Gehtland is now the CEO of Cognitect, Stuart Halloway is president, and Rich Hickey is CTO. Jennifer Hudson is the CFO and Mike Nygard and Tim Ewald are Cognitect VPs. Listen to Justin and Rich explain the logic behind the merger and what ahead for Cognitect.

Yahoo’s Logo: Not a Good Sign

OK, so Yahoo redesigned its logo. Perfectly understandable, given that its CEO is refocusing the company to try to keep it relevant and profitable. Oh wait, not that CEO, this CEO. Anyway, logo design is always a big deal for the company involved, and some genius designers have come up with some truly inspired logos to represent companies. But it doesn’t usually inspire quite this level of kibitzing. Yahoo’s logo was always kind of goofy looking, but arguably charming. The latest version is still goofy, but without the charm, might be the general sentiment. The CEO explained the thinking behind the redesign, and that may not have been such a great idea. Glenn Fleishman came up with what I think is the clearest analysis of what’s wrong with both the logo and the process—and what it implies about Yahoo’s ability to reinvent itself.