Hey! So TechCrunch Disrupt New York is just around the corner on May 19-23. So, what, you say, you don’t work here any more, right? (for the newer TechCrunch readers, I’m the guy who founded the site)
I mean, sure, some of the bad blood still lingers. But it’s mostly healed now. Like when I called Arianna Huffington a psychopath – I really did mean that in the nicest way possible.
Wait, where was I? Right, the point is that I’m back. At least for a few days in New York. Current TechCrunch chief Eric Eldon has graciously asked that MG Siegler and I be a part of the event, and we’re very happy to accept. Eldon even granted me posting privileges on TechCrunch so I could tell you myself.
And it’s going to be fantastic.
New York and San Francisco are the two signature TechCrunch Disrupt events. Last year well over two thousand people attended. There’s a weekend Hackathon, a packed agenda conference and the amazing Disrupt Battlefield competition where dozens of new startups will launch and fight it out for the Disrupt Cup.
We still have the Disrupt Cup, right Eric? I heard a rumor that Arianna claimed it for herself and has it up in her private bathroom suite at Aol HQ, but I never got a second source on that.
Anyhow, I’m genuinely excited to attend the event. MG and I will be doing on stage interviews with famous tech people in our signature styles, and helping to run the Battlefield.
I look forward to seeing you all there. This is going to be a whole lot of fun.
J. Michael Arrington (born March 13, 1970 in Huntington Beach, California) is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of TechCrunch, a blog covering startups and technology news. Arrington attended Claremont McKenna College (BA Economics, 1992) and Stanford Law School (JD, 1995) and practiced as a corporate and securities lawyer at two law firms: O’Melveny & Myers and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His clients included idealab, Netscape, Pixar, Apple and a number of startups, venture funds and investment banks. He...