August 3, 2009 //
Not everyone will know this, but in December 2006, I broke news of Sam Sethi being fired from TechCrunch - I was on a skype call with Sam as the emails came in from Arrington. You could say that I’ve been closer to this entire debacle than anyone else over the past few years.
The pair have been battling it out publically since 2006. Actually, that’s not entirely true as Sam doesn’t blog. Mike has been taking shots at Sam with numerous character assassinations - he even published Sam’s legal proceedings against him on TechCrunch.
After all this time, Sam has finally brought his argument to a close by proving his side of the story via his lawyers. I’ve been sitting on this news as my buddy Dennis from ZDNet was given the exclusive. Arrington’s response was to do nothing, assuming he wasn’t affected by non-US legislation. Naive at best. Even Arrington’s latest post title says it all “Update On Sam Sethi Litigation: We Decline To Participate” - “participate” is an interesting word to use when talking about a legal proceeding against you. Arrington will be unable to visit the UK without the fear of being arrested - that’s a shame as I actually like him and looked forward to seeing him at FOWA later in the year.
I’d like to add a few points that you won’t read elsewhere on the Web however;
- Contrary to what Rob Scoble told everyone at the time, he did meet with the Blognation legal team to discuss joining the blog network.
- Blognation did secure a deal for funding (which would have paid all its estranged bloggers). The publication of Sam’s term sheet on TechCrunch was directly responsible for the Chair of said VC instructing his team to pull out of the deal. So, if it wasn’t for the TechCrunch post, all of Blognation’s staff would have been paid and the network might still be in existence today - competing with TechCrunch. Personally I thought Blognation was a fantastic brand with brilliant potential. I’d love to see it return and give TechCrunch Europe a run for its money. I’d subscribe!
There’s more to come, but again, I’m not allowed to share it with you at this time.