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A tumultuous period at Housing ends with CEO Rahul Yadav resigning

rahulyadavRahul Yadav has resigned as the CEO of Housing.com, reports ET Tech. Yadav apparently wrote a ‘scornful’ resignation letter on the 30th of April to board members and investors, criticising their intellectual capabilities and giving them a one week deadline to ‘help the transition’. The investors responded the next day with an acknowledgement of the resignation through the law firm Morrison & Foerster.

Earlier in March, it was reported that following a nasty email to Shailendra Singh, investors were considering removing Rahul Yadav as chief executive officer of real estate portal Housing.com. In his email to Shailendra Singh, Yadav was upset that Sequoia Capital was looking to poach employees at Housing.com. “Now I just came to know you personally are completely after Housing’s employees and are brainwashing them to open some stupid incubation. If you don’t stop messing around with me, directly or even indirectly, I will vacate the best of your firm,” Yadav had said in his email.

In a response on online discussion forum Quora, Shailendra Singh subsequently said that Sequoia Capital had made an offer to one of Housing’s employees. “During this recruiting exercise, we evaluated over 100 candidates from multiple companies and geographies, and I personally met about a dozen of them, including two housing employees, whom I spent an hour each with. We made an offer to one of them, and he decided to join us,” Singh said.

Later, in an internal mail, Yadav had also claimed that Times Internet owned online real estate portal Magicbricks.com was trying to “malign Housing’s position in India” while it closes a round of funding in the US. Times Group then sent a legal notice to real estate portal Housing.com owner, Locon Solutions Pvt Ltd., and its board for alleged defamation. The notice named Housing CEO Rahul Yadav and its directors, asking them to issue an unconditional apology and seeking $16 million in damages.

Housing funding: Earlier in December 2014, Housing had raised $90 million from Softbank Group, with participation from Falcon Edge and other unnamed investors.The company plans  to map over 40 million houses across 300 cities in India. According to an ET report, Housing reported losses of Rs 48.8 crore on revenue of Rs 1.9 crore for the financial year ended March 31, 2014, according to filings with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and the company has a monthly cash burn rate of Rs 50-63 crore.

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