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3ware Loses Its Head

As CEO Vrolyk resigns, 3ware staffers bicker over new funding

Beau Vrolyk, president and CEO of IP storage startup 3ware Inc., was part of a round of layoffs that took place at the company this week, just days before a $15 million round of funding is set to close.

Controversy is swirling around the layoffs, Vrolyk's departure, and questions about how the company should spend its new funding.

Roughly 40 percent of the staff, about 30 employees, were laid off over the past few days, mostly in the marketing department. The remaining headcount is just under 50, spokespeople say.

Internal sources at the startup say Vrolyk was asked to leave. He did not voluntarily resign,” one staffer said. “He is a fabulous visionary and an excellent spokesperson, but he isn’t a great manager and he cannot execute.”

“Hogwash!” says Vrolyk. “I made the layoffs and came to the conclusion that the company needed to remove the most bloated overhead -- yours truly.” (See: John R. “Beau” Vrolyk, President and CEO, 3ware.)

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