"It was so close I could taste it. Two weeks ago we were ready
to publicly launch the CrunchPad. The device was stable enough for
a demo. It went hours without crashing. We could even let people
play with the device themselves – the user interface was
intuitive enough that people “got it” without any
instructions. And the look of pure joy on the handful of outsiders
who had used it made the nearly 1.5 year effort completely worth
"Our plan was to debut the CrunchPad on stage at the Real-Time
Crunchup event on November 20, a little over a week ago. We even
hoped to have devices hacked together with Google Chrome OS and
Windows 7 to show people that you could hack this thing to run just
about anything you want. We’d put 1,000 of the devices on
pre-sale and take orders immediately. Larger scale production would
begin early in 2010.
"And then the entire project self destructed over nothing more
than greed, jealousy and miscommunication."