A line was crossed
On Thursday, Techcrunch founder Michael Arrington announced that he had 'terminated an underage intern.' Brusilovsky didn't admit any wrongdoing, but admitted on his blog that 'a line was crossed'. The incident has since become something of a scandal, although in this video-interview with Andrew Warner, Brusilovsky denied ever accepting a Macbook Air or any other product in exchange for a posting on Techcrunch. He does admit that he didn't handle things the best possible way, having joked about accepting a Macbook Air in exchange for a blogpost and accepting an iMac as a birthday gift from business relations.
About the video
So although the video is now dated, we want to show it because Brusilovsky is a bright, motivated kid that made a mistake. He's not a criminal, there was no extortion of poor little startups and he's not the next coming of Osama Bin Laden. Michael Arrington doesn't think so either, or he wouldn't have showed up at Brusilovsky's Teens in Tech conference on Saturday. The video starts in Dutch, but after a minute it's all in English. Or whatever you call my attempt to speak it.
About True Tuesdays
True Tuesdays is a weekly videoseries where Michiel Frackers, co-founder of Holland's largest internet company Planet Internet and shareholder in 925 and Flabber, meets inspiring people in Silicon Valley. Goal is to inspire the Dutch technology and startup scene, but anyone is welcome to watch. Feel free to embed the video on your own blogs; Holland's biggest news website and leading technology and marketing blogs do. Episode 1 with Janpieter Scheerder, all in Dutch, is here.
Camera and editing: Godfried de Vries. True Tuesdays is an initiative of True, the leading Dutch hosting company.