Tip: Don’t pull pin while holding grenade

The truth is stranger than fiction — and in some cases it happens to be stupider as well. For a recent example, check out the TechCrunch post on Mediascrape, a Montreal-based company founded by one Tyler Cavell. The CEO’s training at the London School of Economics apparently convinced him that it would be a good idea to a) threaten to sue TechCrunch for a mildly critical post a month or so ago, and then b) publicly denounce the CEO’s cousin as a delusional former cocaine addict and high-school dropout (Note: I am not making any of this up).

In case you want to follow this particular train wreck back to its point of origin, the first post came from Duncan Riley, and mentioned that the Mediascrape site looked a little cheesy for a company that had just done its second round of financing (although that was somewhat unclear). To make matters even stranger, Mr. Cavell commented on the post but made no mention of any of the things that he criticized in his letter to Mike Arrington a month later (namely, that is was “poorly written” and “ridiculous” and that the company wasn’t contacted).

As for the founder’s comment on TechCrunch’s latest post, it actually wasn’t that bad to begin with — a little self-aggrandizing and turgidly written, but other than that not too bad — right up until Cavell decides to do a little drive-by character assassination on his cousin. As Mike puts it in his update: “Your investors must be so proud.” Jevon has some thoughts over at StartupNorth and so does Heri at Montreal Techwatch.

8 thoughts on “Tip: Don’t pull pin while holding grenade

  1. Pingback: StartupNorth » Blog Archive » Pride and Prejudice

  2. Pingback: Montreal Gazette

  3. I was just phoned by a Montreal Gazette reporter doing a follow up story for the newspaper. He asked me for my reaction to Mr. Cavell's assertions that blogs don't matter.

    I actually hadn't heard about this story, having been offline for most of last week. So, while the reporter was talking with me, I searched for MediaScrape in Google. And of course, what came up as the very first organic search result after MediaScrape's own Website? Michael Arrington's TechCrunch post.

    It will be interesting to see how long Arrington's post hangs in at the top of the Google organic search. And as long as it is there, what many people first learn about MediaScrape will be what Mr. Cavell so aggressively tried to stop. Such a futile effort.

  4. I was just phoned by a Montreal Gazette reporter doing a follow up story for the newspaper. He asked me for my reaction to Mr. Cavell's assertions that blogs don't matter.

    I actually hadn't heard about this story, having been offline for most of last week. So, while the reporter was talking with me, I searched for MediaScrape in Google. And of course, what came up as the very first organic search result after MediaScrape's own Website? Michael Arrington's TechCrunch post.

    It will be interesting to see how long Arrington's post hangs in at the top of the Google organic search. And as long as it is there, what many people first learn about MediaScrape will be what Mr. Cavell so aggressively tried to stop. Such a futile effort.

  5. Pingback: Canadians Unite To Fight Off The “Feared TechCrunch”

  6. Pingback: TechCrunch Japanese アーカイブ » カナダ人、団結して「恐れられるTechCrunch」と戦う

Comments are closed.