TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington had been pushing the idea of a low-cost web-browser-only touch-screen tablet device, called the CrunchPad, for a couple of years now, but word has arrived today that the pad is officially dead.
According to Arrington’s own report on the situation, the CrunchPad project had been proceeding according to play until the point when the “entire project self destructed over nothing more than greed, jealousy and miscommunication.” It seems from Arrington’s own report that the company responsible for putting together the CrunchPad had decided to move on without Arrington, and hence TechCrunch’s, involvement.
Arrington points to a message he received from the CEO of TechCrunch’s partner on the CrunchPad project, Chandra Rathakrishnan, which contained a forwarded message from some of his own shareholders, saying that,
“We still acknowledge that Arrington and TechCrunch bring some value to your business endeavour… if he agrees to our terms, we could 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.”
It’s certainly an interesting turn, particularly given how close it comes to the supposed launch date of the CrunchPad itself. If nothing else, we imagine the fact that Arrington is getting into a litigious version of the Christmas spirit wont be good news to the folks at Fusion Garage…
You can read Arrington’s own piece on the CrunchPad’s death here. If nothing else, it’s interesting to see an inside story from the point of view of someone for whom the project was a bit of a personal dream.