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Latest departure from Essential is another sign of troubled times

by Josh Levenson | July 17, 2017July 17, 2017 9:30 am PDT

Despite having more than $300 million in the bank, Andy Rubin’s smartphone startup Essential may be in a spot of bother.

According to Business Insider, Brian Wallace, the firm’s VP of Marketing, has made a swift departure from the company, following in the footsteps of Andy Fouché, Head of Communications.

It’s unclear why Wallace decided to make a run for the door, but one thing’s for certain: the exit of two high-ranking executives within the space of a month is an indication of turmoil at Essential.

Where’s my Essential Phone?

Announced back in May, the Essential Phone (PH-1) was promised to start shipping a month later, but when the time came, it was (and still is) nowhere to be seen.

We’d be foolish to rule out the possibility of the departures have something to do with the delayed release of the Phone; maybe Wallace wasn’t happy with the way the firm was being run, or Rubin squandered all of the money on Android collectibles.

Anything’s possible.

Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...