I would like to address this issue immediately before I post my feelings about the conference. Please also read Michael Arringon explanations.
-exhausted after the conference, I saw Sam’s post, I also notice it was posted on the first day of the conference, after which I could not read any criticism about the event, so it was the first one I saw, and most participants were very happy about the first day
-I took offense not because of the criticism, would have been fine for me on Sam’s personal blog but because Sam wrote it on TechCrunch who helped me organize many things (not Sam but Ouriel Ohayon of TechCrunch France) and got branding in exchange as main partner of the conference (no other financial arrangements between us and TechCrunch). TechCrunch was everywhere in the conference, blog etc.
-exhausted, I treated Sam an asshole and immediately regretted it.
-Michael felt it was the result of me being very tired and emailed me ccing Sam to offer me to delete the comment
-Sam used the email I considered private to confirm that it was really me who left the comment (which was fine I always stand by what I have done, except email privacy)
-I publically apoligized in another comment, for me the issue is closed and I am not proud of myself for the comment, that’s how I am (rarely)
-instead of deleting the comment as it was offered Sam keeps it online.
The rest is internal TechCrunch and I had no further exchanges about my sad comment. I want to say for those of you who may doubt it that
-I never asked Michael anything against Sam
-I regret he was fired and there is no way I can believe he got fired just because of that comment I left.
Nobody would fire anybody for this, there is obviously an entire internal context there I don’t know and don’t need to know.
1. as some of you asked I also confirm that Michael has always been in the program and invited as speaker. Two days before the conference starts Michael emails me saying that as he was unsure until the last minute to join and still offers to join us but with a ridiculous ticket price as it was the only option left. I declined as the conference was due to barely breakeven and Michael did not join us, no other underlying story.
2. Six Apart never ever blocked access to the blog or administration of Sam Sethi’s personal blog. I can’t believe some people started this rumor.
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