Eric Eldon is a journalist who likes to work on newfangled media projects.
He was most recently the co-editor of technology site TechCrunch, joining in late 2011 during a tumultuous time. He helped rebuild the publication’s editorial staff, traffic, news focus, conference business, and some other stuff over the following two years.
Before that, he was the co-founder and editor of Inside Network. The company provides a network of publications and research products about technology topics, and was acquired by MediaBistro in mid-2011.
He first got into tech journalism by way of VentureBeat, a TechCrunch rival. He was the first employee, and hired and edited much of the original team.
Eric attended Stanford University and received an international relations undergraduate degree in 2005. While there, he reported and edited news for The Stanford Daily student newspaper, and ran its business for a year-long term.
He also attempted a tech-media startup after college, that offered a workflow and online product for newsrooms and other groups of writers. It didn’t work out, but he still thinks it was ahead of its time, despite a variety of other issues that ultimately ended it.CrunchBase profile →
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If This Then That (Ifttt) has been quietly building a tool to help you automatically share information from one web service into another web service. Buffer, meanwhile, has been quietly building a tool to help you schedule sharing from any web service, so people who read what you share get a pleasantly staggered stream of information rather than one big blast. Today, the two relatively… Read More
While SOPA supporters have tried to present the copyright bill as a bipartisan effort to stop the "theft" of copyrighted material, the bipartisan opposition has been building fast this week. Today, House minority speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has come out against it, too, saying on Twitter that "we need to find a better solution." Read More
Venture capital firms put more money into US startups at higher valuations in the third quarter of this year versus the second, according to a new report out today by law firm Fenwick & West, with Internet and software firms accounting for the biggest gains. But the overall venture environment is looking “schizophrenic,” Fenwick partner and report co-author Barry Kramer tells me today. Read More
The “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) had looked set for a quick and quiet passing through the House after it was introduced late last month. A string of Democrats and Republicans, and various big-media affiliated interest groups had lined up behind it, while the internet had mostly stayed on the sidelines. But a major outcry this week -- and especially today -- could change that. The bill… Read More
Six years ago, me and my cofounder Phil were sleeping on mildewy mattresses in a cold Mountain View garage, trying to start a company on a shoestring budget. Five years ago, WriteWith, our online group writing service, made it into Y Combinator’s third class of startups. Four years ago, we failed and I stumbled into a writing job at VentureBeat. Two years ago, I became the editor and cofounder… Read More