My motivation for writing this post is to support TechCrunch and its independent / impartial opinion piece on Le Web 3 and to highlight how Loic has probably ruined his (and Six apartâ€™s) reputation with the following retort to it:
In my view, Loic has done a â€œGerald Ratnerâ€ on it.
Doing a Ratner is a British business phrase referring to a Chief Executive or a senior person of a company who criticises the company’s products or disparages the customers, frequently with disastrous results for both the person and the company.
Sam Sethi wrote a well crafted independent and balanced article where he articulated what EVERYONE at the conference was already thinking and some were already blogging. Every person I came into contact with felt that the conference was completely ruined due to Loicâ€™s (Six apartâ€™s) political ambitions. The entire schedule for day 2 was shuffled to allow no fewer than 3 politicians to broadcast their political agendas to a mass of journalists â€“ which clearly had absolutely nothing to do with the Web!
My first response when I read Loicâ€™s retort was â€˜huhâ€™? This isnâ€™t a professional response, never mind an apology for changing the conference schedule without telling anyone in advance. This will go down in history as an important milestone in the downfall of Six apartâ€™s brand reputation amongst the blogsphere.
If Loic was working for me, his ass wouldnâ€™t have touched the ground on the way out… Loicâ€™s â€˜personal attackâ€™ and unprofessional retort on â€˜Samâ€™ is not only damaging to Six apartâ€™s brand, itâ€™s likely to be commented on more than the conference screw up itself! Doh!
My advice to Loic and Six apart is to publicly apologise for the huge screw up â€“ only then will they have a small chance to gain a little respect. They might also wish to apologise for attacking Sam for exercising his right to *blog his opinion*.