With regards to 'what happened' with Amanda, I'll say these few things in defense to all of this and then I'm ready to put this behind me.
A few days after her departure, I spoke at Eli SInger's Case Camp to a small crowd about it and while I was still in a pretty big state of shock, apparently people found this to be worthwhile. After seeing it myself, I sent the link to a few of my close friends who were wondering what was going on: see video links at end of Joey's post.
In retrospect, the thing I wanted to point out is that Amanda spoke about "transparency" in her video which was really absent from her script, along with the biggest stab of all - highlighted in bold no less - tagging me as "old media". You only need to glance down this one weblog page to know she was not being true. Every fine detail about the way I have steered Rocketboom from beginning until now is quintessentially a new media inspired activity.
Over the course of the last two weeks, through formal mediations with everyone from her family and everyone else at Rocketboom, all-together in person, over email and phone calls - with days of production at rest, Amanda finally revealed that 1) she had no desire to work on any creative production anymore with me - whatsoever, 2) she had been unhappy working with me ever since we began almost 2 years ago (she never even told me this before now) and, 3) as confirmed to everyone - and reconfirmed when asked - that she would no longer want to collaborate with me in the future ever again.
Then, because she was unwilling to try and work something out - even a transition plan if not an exit plan, she left. In the middle of negotiations, where in every single moment I only ever considered a plan that would also protect Amanda's interests, I awoke to an email that she sent to everyone at Rocketboom including everyone in the field; It was a link to a video she published on her own site explaining that she had been pushed out. Pushed out!?? WTF!?? She went on to say Fired. Fired!? Where did she get that? Did a PR person tell her to say that? Has anyone asked her how it came to be that she was fired? When and how did I fire her? I dont have an answer because there is none.
I had never even imagined Rocketboom without Amanda before these last two weeks and I always treated her like an equal creative and business partner, not as an employee. While I invested everything, she was paid a good salary (better than any other videoblogger out there I'm pretty sure) - formyself, I took a note.
The history of everything that happened is there in webpages, online videos, podcasts, dozens of conferences and lectures, email, contractual documents, 3rd person accounts and a lot of b-roll. Whatever the case is, it's not a case for Sherlock Holmes and its not a case for the media, Amanda. It's a case for a professional mediator or a case for the courts.
And whatever that case may be, it will be. I'm not going to get emotionally tied up in this. Whatever is fair determined by precedence and reason is what I would want the outcome of our broken partnership to be. Until then, and afterwards, I'm going to continue on my path through the great wild west - I have always had a direction that is consequently, as of the last few days, more secure now than ever-before.