Fusion Garage Grid10 tablet

Fusion Garage may have lost its PR team, its lawyers, and for a brief period earlier this week its website. But the company’s not quite dead yet.

The makers of the Grid10 and ill-fated JooJoo tablets are seeking additional funding to stay afloat. In an interview, founder Chandra Rathakrishnan tells Engadget that:

  • The company has already moved more Grid10 tablets than JooJoo tablets.
  • The Grid10 isn’t currently available for purchase, but a number of US customers already have theirs.
  • Fusion Garage hasn’t yet started to ship the Grid10 in Europe, which is why many people that placed pre-orders haven’t received anything yet.

It’s possible that the company will start shipping tablets again if it finds new funders. It’s also possible that Fusion Garage could try to refund customers that have placed pre-orders.

Things certainly aren’t looking good for Fusion Garage, and Rathakrishnan acknowledges that at least par of the reason the company parted ways with its PR agency and lawyers is that he and his team simply stopped communicating with them for long periods of time.

Fusion Garage is one of the few startups working on both hardware and software products. But that’s not an inexpensive proposition. While Fusion Garage has certainly managed to differentiate its’ products from competitors tablets, sales alone clearly haven’t generated enough revenue to keep the company going.

If Fusion Garage doesn’t get more outside funding, the company’s days are probably numbered.

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4 replies on “Fusion Garage is only mostly dead”

  1. Too bad they didn’t execute better. The CrunchPad (
    http://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/crunchpad-proto.jpg) was the first ipad-like tablet concept seriously being developed in 2008, ultimately produced as the JooJoo (
    http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2010/04/joojooreview-01-top.jpg) before the ipad was announced. In other words, they were doing good design work but couldn’t execute on the software.

    Personally, I think they might do OK if they stuck with a stock Android experience with fast updates/upgrades thus minimizing their workload and focusing on good design–doesn’t seem like any other OEM wants to be a stock Android producer of hardware.

  2. I’m sure they could be brought back to life if they weren’t so intent on blathing the public.

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