I was tagged in an interesting tweet this morning while my new video was rendering.
As you can see, there’s a bit of drama going on over at WeSearchr, a project I’ve vigorously supported. I checked for myself and the site is in fact down at the moment. Even though Pax Dickinson, the now-former Chief Technology Officer (as well as co-founder) of WeSearchr, said he wasn’t going to go into more detail about the circumstances of his split with Chuck Johnson on Facebook, he did just that over on Twitter.
The rant is pretty long and I don’t feel like pasting in the entire thing, but here’s a good place to start.
(archived, since he will no doubt be banned soon)
I spoke to Mr. Johnson on the phone and a much different version of events was relayed to me. Here’s the statement I received for publication…
We intend to continue running the bounties for the foreseeable future. We’re going to fix [WeSearchr’s] hosting problem today or tomorrow. We ask for everyone to be patient with us during this process.
As for Pax Dickinson, he decided he was going to leave the company after we raised money. Then, he demanded an absurd severance agreement. How you can have a severance agreement from a company you co-founded, I don’t really understand. Regardless, I wish Pax well in his future endeavors.
Everyone’s money is safe, but if people want refunds due to the confusion surrounding all this, then I am happy to grant that.
I’ll continue to monitor this situation as events develop. I’ve known Chuck Johnson to be a pretty straight guy in my dealings with him, so I wouldn’t really worry about the money being pilfered. But, if you’ve donated to a bounty and want a refund, he said that can be taken care of.
If I end up talking to Pax, I’ll bring you that as well, but he laid his side out already and so I focused on first getting a response from Mr. Johnson.
UPDATE: An official statement has been put out over on GotNews.com. Mr. Dickinson is disputing it.