Over this past weekend reports surfaced that Cyanogen Inc, the company that was spun off from the CyanogenMod operating system project, was going to stop work on the operating system and pivot to producing standalone apps. Characterizing those reports as a “circus of misinformation” Cyanogen’s Steve Kondik took to the CyanogenMod blog to assure the world that work continues on the CyanogenMod operating system.
Kondik goes on to share a little bit of the thinking that goes into running a company, especially a startup. That includes realizing that there will be some things that go right and some things that go wrong. As leaders, the focus has to be on identifying “the things which work” and pursuing those. This language from Kondik could be a way of explaining some of the recent reductions in workforce and resources within Cyanogen as the company works to align what is available with the work that needs to be done on the things that hold promise of success.
One of those things “that works” according to Kondik is the CyanogenMod operating system. However, Kondik does acknowledge that maybe “it doesn’t need to ‘go big'” in order to be a success. At one time Cyanogen perhaps had dreams of unseating Google’s role at the head of the line for open source operating systems. Kondik seems to realize now that Cyanogen just needs to focus on “the idea of a platform which forces participation” and living up to that potential instead of trying to overtake the competition.
Kondik indicates Cyanogen Inc will have more information about the company and efforts related to CyanogenMod soon. That will be welcome news for fans of CM given the relative lack of news coming from the company recently. That is until the circus came to town.