It was pointed out to me that Mark Law, who’s been a driving force behind many of the improvements and upgrades at MapQuest, is leaving AOL.
I haven’t spoken to Mark about it so I don’t know the story. But it’s a loss for AOL in my view. While there remain many qualified people at AOL there this is a time of danger for MapQuest, which must continue to add features, experiment and innovate or it could fall into a permanent second place (or worse) position to Google Maps. Yahoo! is the cautionary tale: a leader until it stopped investing and then neglected its mapping property for the most part.