Startup-Stravaganza TechCrunch50 May be Done For, Co-Founder Reveals to Puppet

Paul Lilly

Some say the third time's the charm, but for the TechCrunch50 conference, the third time is the last, if event co-founder Jason Calacanis is to be believed. In a strange puppet interview (NSFW - explicit language) with humorist Loren Feldman, Calacanis said it has been a good three-year run, but it's all coming to an end.

"I can tell you that this is the last TechCrunch50," Calacanis responded when probed about an open feud between him and event co-founder /TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington.

According to Cnet, the fallout between the two began when Arrington publicly called attention to plagiarism charges against Calacanis, which you can read all about here . What happened after that is anyone's guess, and while Calacanis seems convinced this is the end of the line for TechCrunch50, Arrington doesn't sound ready to throw in the towel.

"I don't know how to respond to that. After seeing that video, it seems to me that he's engaging in theatrics and fireworks," Arrington told VentureBeat in a phone interview . "I'm waiting to see what his plan is. It seems to be distracting from the startups."

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