Last week, our friends over at MassRoots won at TechCrunch Disrupt by a pretty significant margin of the popular vote. We are super proud of them! For those of you who don’t know what TechCrunch Disrupt is, it is a technology conference that celebrates start-up businesses, as well as other tech companies, who are changing the tech world for the better. For those of you who don’t know what MassRoots is, well, we’re disappointed in you. But you can click here to familiarize yourself and set up your profile if you have an iPhone, and here if you have an Android.
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Ok, so now that you’re all set up on MassRoots (and you’ve found us on there too!), we can tell you why you should be celebrating their triumphant win at TechCrunch, but can’t. Although the company won in a very large way, TechCrunch’s editorial team decided to use their powers that be to prevent MassRoots from actually competing in the Startup Battlefield.
That’s right, TechCrunch would not allow MassRoots to participate, which according to MassRoots CEO Isaac Dietrich is, “Not only an injustice against MassRoots, but against the entire cannabis community.” He goes on to say, “Why would TechCrunch allow our users to vote if they were going to completely ignore it? That’s nothing more than a thinly-veiled dictatorship masquerading as democracy.”
Mr. Dietrich, we couldn’t agree more.
Furthermore, Dietrich says, “All of your hard work, all that we’ve accomplished, was deemed by TechCrunch’s head editor, Mike Butcher, to be insignificant actions of a bunch of potheads. Rarely have I felt as insulted as I did during my conversation with Mr. Butcher this afternoon.”
Ouch. And he’s right, TechCrunch has disrespected us, the cannabis community as a whole, with this disqualification.
We firmly believe that MassRoots will come out of this on top. Just as they did when they fought Apple to let their app back in the app store. We will continue to support them, and we hope you do too.
And, if you would like to read Isaac’s entire letter to the cannabis community, you can here!