On Monday, barely days after Housing.com sacked its CEO Rahul Yadav, the real estate site appeared to be down. The page is now displaying this message. The site was briefly up before it was taken down again this afternoon.
The page had the cryptic message "Yes! We will solve real estate, but 10X better with The Chief Architect", beside two hastags -- #housingdown and #rahulyadav. No one has yet claimed responsibilty for hacking housing.com. The term 'chief architect' could be a reference to the Ironman-loving former CEO.
Yadav, the maverick co-founder of Housing.com, was sacked by the company last week after months of antics that reportedly upset several members on the board.
"The Housing Board, unanimously agreed to bring Yadav's tenure to a close, with reference to his behaviour towards investors, ecosystem and the media. The Board believed that his behaviour is not befitting of a CEO and is detrimental to the company..." the company said in the statement.
The three-year old startup has been valued at $250 million (Rs 1,500 crore) after Softbank invested $70 million for a 30 percent stake in November 2014. Other investors include Helion Venture Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Falcon Edge and Nexus Venture Partners.
Ever since his sacking, the mercurial IIT Bombay drop-out had taken to Facebook to register his protest in a series of sarcastic posts, most of which are about his favourite superhero - Tony Stark or Ironman - drawing parallels with Stark's tumultous years with a company his father helped create.