TechCrunch

TechCrunch
TechCrunchLogo.svg
URL TechCrunch.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Technology news and analysis
Registration None
Available language(s) English, French, Japanese
Owner AOL
Created by Michael Arrington
Launched June 11, 2005
Alexa rank decrease 223 (November 2011)[1]
Revenue US$2.4 million (2007 est.)[2]
Current status Active

TechCrunch is a web publication that offers technology news and analysis, as well as profiling of startup companies, products, and websites. It was founded by Michael Arrington in 2005, and was first published on June 11, 2005.[3]

The website's Technorati rank is 2,[4] and is 1st in the Info/Tech category.[5] As of February 11, 2010 it has over 4,563,000 RSS feed subscribers as measured by tracking company FeedBurner. On September 28, 2010, at its TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, AOL announced that it would acquire TechCrunch [6] for $25 million. [7]

Logo used by TechCrunch from 2005-2011


Contents

TechCrunch Network

TechCrunch is now affiliated with several other websites, commonly referred to as The TechCrunch Network. As of July 28, 2008, these include:

  • CrunchNotes – An informal personal blog about Web 2.0 written by Michael Arrington.
  • TechCrunch France – Founded by Ouriel Ohayon in February 2006, who was Editor through 2009. Features translations of posts from the main TechCrunch blog as well as original content. The blog was then maintained by Alain Ezkenazi until it went inactive for several months as of summer 2009. It was relaunched in March 2010 by Roxanne Varza, who is currently the Editor, and Cedric Giorgi. The team has also been covering French content in English as part of TechCrunch Europe.
  • TechCrunch Japan – Features translations of the American TechCrunch as well as original content.
  • TechCrunch Europe – Original blog (then TechCrunch UK) canceled following an online argument involving Arrington, TC UK editor Sam Sethi, and Loic Le Meur on 13 December 2006[8].; focused on European or Europe-targeted Web 2.0 services. Relaunched in September 2007 with a new editor, Mike Butcher.
  • MobileCrunch – A blog tracking the Mobile Computing industry, edited by Greg Kumparak.
  • TalkCrunch – A podcast about Web 2.0, featuring interviews with founders of assorted Web 2.0 companies, covering new product launches and the like.
  • CrunchGear – A blog covering gadgets and computer hardware, edited by John Biggs.
  • CrunchBase – A wiki-style database of Web 2.0 people, investors, and companies that include lists of their key employees, funding and acquisition news, and other important events for these companies. It was launched in 2007.[9][10]
  • CrunchBoard – A Web 2.0 job board
  • TechCrunch IT - Also known as TCIT, This blog features a range of Enterprise-related news and analysis including applications, open standards,cloud computing, social media, information management and software related subjects.
  • TechCrunch TV
  • InviteShare
  • Gillmor Gang
  • Elevator Pitches

Programs

The organization held a live event, the TechCrunch50, on September 8–10, 2008 in San Francisco, California and again on September 14–15, 2009; in 2010, the event was canceled.[11] TechCrunch also runs The Europas awards[12] and is a founding host of The Crunchies.[13] Furthermore TechCrunch organises various one day events, ie. TechCrunch London and twice per year the TechCrunch Disrupt event.

Bribery scandal

In February 2010, Michael Arrington reported on TechCrunch that "one of [TechCrunch's] interns had asked for compensation in exchange for a blog post". Arrington also stated that the intern had specifically asked a startup for a MacBook Air in exchange for authoring a post about said startup. Furthermore, Arrington admitted that the intern had taken compensation for at least one post in the past. In response Arrington terminated the intern, and removed the intern's archived posts from the TechCrunch website. The 17-year-old intern in question, Daniel Brusilovsky, posted a statement on his blog shortly thereafter, admitting that "a line was crossed".[14]

Following Arrington's statement, numerous criticisms arose questioning TechCrunch's handling of the incident. Tech gossip blog Valleywag questioned Arrington's characterization of Brusilovsky as an "intern",[15] when he had previously been described on the TechCrunch website as a "writer for TechCrunch, while also working on events, conferences and business development".[16] This was confirmed by Brusilovsky who said in a radio transcript that he was a part time employee with TechCrunch business cards.[17]

GeeknRolla

GeeknRolla or Geek'n'Rolla (abbreviated GKNR) is an annual one-day conference organized by TechCrunch Europe. Past events:

  • April 21, 2009, London [18]
  • April 20, 2010, London [19]

References

  1. ^ "Techcrunch.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/TechCrunch.com. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  2. ^ Wired profile
  3. ^ First post
  4. ^ TechCrunch Page on Technorati
  5. ^ Technorati Favorites
  6. ^ Why We Sold TechCrunch To AOL, And Where We Go From Here
  7. ^ http://allthingsd.com/20110906/give-me-back-my-baby-michael-arrington-trying-to-buy-back-techcrunch-from-aol-but-would-aol-sell-it/
  8. ^ CrunchNotes » Putting TechCrunch UK On Hold
  9. ^ "A Peek At CrunchBase". TechCrunch. Retrieved June 20, 2010.
  10. ^ Gage, Deborah (2009-02-19). "Tech chronicles". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  11. ^ "TechCrunch 50 Disrupted". Venturebeat.com. 2010-05-11. http://venturebeat.com/2010/05/11/techcrunch50-disrupted/. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  12. ^ The Europas
  13. ^ The Crunchies
  14. ^ "Daniel Brusilovsky — The Line Was Crossed". Danielbru.com. 2010-02-05. http://danielbru.com/blog/the-line-was-crossed. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  15. ^ Arrington, Michael (2010-02-04). "An Apology To Our Readers". Techcrunch.com. http://www.techcrunch.com/2010/02/04/an-apology-to-our-readers/. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  16. ^ "Tech Journalism Wunderkind in Bribery Scandal". Valleywag.gawker.com. 2010-02-05. http://valleywag.gawker.com/5465181/tech-journalism-wunderkind-in-bribery-scandal. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  17. ^ Posted (2010-02-07). "Exclusive: Meet The Writer That TechCrunch Terminated – with Daniel Brusilovsky". Mixergy.com. http://mixergy.com/daniel-brusilovsky/. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  18. ^ Mike Butcher (April 20, 2009). "GeeknRolla – The agenda for the day". http://eu.techcrunch.com/2009/04/20/geeknrolla-the-agenda-for-the-day/. 
  19. ^ "GeeknRolla hosted by TechCrunch Europe". http://www.amiando.com/gknr2010.html. 

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