I didn’t know about Tech Crunch’s new conference until today…

A friend of mine who’ll go unnamed, but he isn’t involved in the Demo conference, just came up to me in the hall here at Demo and said “it’s pretty sleazy that you supported Mike Arrington given that Sam Sethi affair at Le Web.”

For the record, I didn’t know about this conference until Mike told me at lunch today. Also, it did seem fairly tactless to announce a competitive conference at Demo, given what had gone on between Mike and Sam — if Mike had advised me, I would have asked him to wait until after Demo was over to announce this new conference. Here’s Mike’s own words: “This is driven entirely from Sam’s ethical lapse in trashing a competitor while simultaneously promoting his own events.”