Mike Arrington has put up a long post on CrunchNotes explaining why Sam Sethi was sacked, from his point of view. It’s a very different one to the story Sethi has been promoting:
The actions that resulted in his dismissal were additional comments he wrote on that second post, announcing “that TechCrunch UK will be doing a series of seminars and a conference next year as well as a series of smaller meetings in conjunction with friends & partners which have been in the planning for sometime now.”
These events were not discussed with me, and certainly were not approved. The fact that he announced and promoted them while trashing a competing event was a clear conflict of interest and was not appropriate. I do not consider this to be ethical behavior.
The Guardian’s media blog, Organ Grinder, has some coverage of the story, too.