The CrunchPad project has been canceled. Due to miscommunication, Fusion Garage has decided to go along with the project along.
This is obviously very bad news for the tech world. The much expected Cunchpad will not see the light of day since the Arrington project has bitten the dust. We hear about many projects being canceled and some of them we could have cared less if they saw the light of day but we were truly looking forward to being able to own a Crunchpad but unfortunately one can’t have all one wants in life. The first thing one asks themselves, What in the world could have gone wrong??.
Whats worse about the whole situation ( besides the cancellation ) is that the project was so close to being finished. It was only a week away from being finished and then the worst happened, the project was canceled over “self destructed over nothing more than greed, jealousy and miscommunication.” said Michael Arrington. As you obviously know that Techcrunch was working with Fusion Garage and then shareholders of Fusion Garage sent him notice saying that they don’t want Arrington to be a part of the project anymore and would essentially be going it alone without Techcrunch.
“Bizarrely, we were being notified that we were no longer involved with the project. Our project. Chandra said that based on pressure from his shareholders he had decided to move forward and sell the device directly through Fusion Garage, without our involvement.” Arrington says.
After that Michael Arrington received an E-Mail from Chandra Rathakrishnan, Fusion Garage’s CEO and Arrington has shared a piece of that e-mail:
“We still acknowledge that Arrington and TechCrunch bring some value to your business endeavor…If he agrees to our terms, we would have Arrington assume the role of visionary/evangelist/marketing head and Fusion Garage would acquire the rights to use the Crunchpad brand and name. Personally, I don’t think the name is all that important but you seem to be somewhat attached to the name.”
The CrunchPad trademark belongs to TechCrunch but the Crunchpad’s intellectual property are owned by both companies and if everything was done correctly, Fusion Garage would legally not be able to sell the product without Arrington’s blessing. TechCrunch has been trying to get in contact with Fusion Garage to try and work things out but from the looks of it Fusion Garage wants nothing to do with Techcrunch since calls and e-mails has gone unanswered regarding the tablet.