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Techcrunch Parts Ways With PlatformPlay After India Event; Hires India Editor

Update: We just received an email from Ned Desmond, COO of Techcrunch, in which he says the company has no plans to partner or invest in India at this point in time. The full email: Hi Nikhil, I think you have seen all we have to say. Pune is not going forward. No separate site. Pankaj is writing for the regular site. We have no plans to partner or invest in India at this time. Thanks for your interest. Cheers, Ned Yesterday: MediaNama has learned that AOL-backed Techcrunch and Rammohan Sundaram's PlatformPlay have parted ways after Techcrunch's India event, which had taken place last month. Techcrunch COO Ned Desmond has sent an email informing their India advisory board members that there was a lack of alignment between the two companies. A mail sent by Sundaram to advisory board members also states that the partnership has ended, citing an "expectation mismatch", and also points towards the lack of coverage of the event from Techcrunch. However, this is contrary to the official statement we've received (below), after contacting Desmond and Sundaram, which states that the two companies have "suspended" plans for future events, and that the product offering has to be in synch with Techcrunch's global strategy.  Techcrunch's coverage of their own event in Indiawas limited to publishing videos of sessions, even though group website Coolage, which is the only AOL property to have survived in India following a massive clear-out two years ago, found something to write about it. This bizarre situation is possibly now…

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