Erick Schonfeld

Erick Schonfeld is the co-founder of TouchCast, the executive producer of DEMO, and a technology journalist. He is also a partner at bMuse, a product incubator in New York City.

Schonfeld is the former Editor in Chief of TechCrunch. At TechCrunch, he oversaw the editorial content of the site, helped to program the Disrupt conferences and CrunchUps, produced TCTV shows, and wrote daily for the blog.

He joined TechCrunch as Co-Editor in 2007, and helped take it from a popular blog to a thriving media property. After founder Michael Arrington left in 2011, Schonfeld became Editor in Chief.

Prior to TechCrunch, he was Editor-at-Large for Business 2.0 magazine, where he wrote feature stories and ran their main blog, The Next Net. He also launched an online video series with CNN/Money and hosted regular panels and conferences of industry luminaries.

Schonfeld started his career at Fortune magazine in 1993. In 1999, he won the prize for best information technology submission at London’s Business Journalist of the Year Awards, and in 2001 he won the prize for best space submission at the Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards in Paris. In 1996 and 1997, Schonfeld was recognized in the TJFR Business News Reporter’s list of the best and brightest financial journalists under the age of 30.

He appears regularly on CNBC, CNN, and NY1, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Schonfeld graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1993.

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  • Tales From The Deadpool: Amp'd Mobile's Sordid Remains

    Tales From The Deadpool: Amp'd Mobile's Sordid Remains

    This is a New York real-estate story and one of marketing excess. It’s about Amp’d Mobile, the too-hip-for-its-own-good virtual mobile carrier that filed for bankruptcy last June after burning through $360 million in capital. A lot of that money was spent on things like MTV ads to attract 175,000 young, urban customers. The problem was that nearly half of them turned out to be unable… Read More

  • AniBoom Gets Its Own Channel on Joost

    AniBoom Gets Its Own Channel on Joost

    Israeli-startup AniBoom just went live with an animation channel on Joost to launch, the peer-to-peer Internet TV service. AniBoom is an animation site with 30,000 videos, contributed from about 3,000 animators around the world. AniBoom, which competes with MyToons, currently splits advertising revenues with animators who contribute to the site, and holds an annual $50,000 contest to attract the… Read More

  • Wikimedia Is Moving Out West

    Wikimedia Is Moving Out West

    The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, along with Wiktionary, Wikibooks, WikiNews, Wikispecies, and other peer-produced content sites, is moving its headquarters from St. Petersburg, Florida to San Francisco in January. It should have an easier time recruiting Web developers and engineers, and will be closer to its for-profit sibling, Wikia, which is based in San Mateo. Founder Jimmy… Read More

  • Firefox Coming To Your Phone

    Firefox Coming To Your Phone

    Get ready to throw out that WAP browser on your mobile phone (if you haven’t already). The iPhone, with its fully-functioning Safari browser, showed us that mobile browsing need not be a compromise. Now, the folks at Mozilla are working on a mobile version of Firefox. A Firefox Web browser already exists for the Nokia N800, but this effort will expand Firefox’s mobile reach to many… Read More

  • eBay Launches Shopping Social Networks

    eBay Launches Shopping Social Networks

    eBay just launched more than 600 micro-social networks on its site called eBay Neighborhoods. Each one is organized around a different product, like coffee, iPhones, Eames furniture, Seinfeld memorabilia, or Ford Mustangs. Content from across eBay—including eBay blogs, guides, reviews, and product search—is pulled into each eBay neighborhood and packaged into widget-like modules. Read More

  • Facebook Versus the Web

    Facebook Versus the Web

    One of the knocks against Facebook is that it is a somewhat closed, proprietary platform. Here’s how the argument goes: The ultimate technology platform, in contrast, is the Web itself. It is open and ultimately will triumph over all other platforms, including Facebook. Any innovations that take hold in closed environments are quickly replicated on the open Web. At some point network effects… Read More

  • Bubble Indicators

    Bubble Indicators

    Goofy names, retread startup ideas, inexperienced entrepreneurs, free food—the WSJ does a nice job this morning laying out the gestalt evidence that we are in the midst of a second Silicon Valley bubble. Capping off the list of exhibits is none other than last month’s TechCrunch40 conference, which drew about 1,000 people (not counting the random booth babes). There is no question that… Read More

  • No More Catalogs, Please

    No More Catalogs, Please

    If you are like me, your mailbox is overflowing with unwanted catalogs,and you have no idea how to make the onslaught stop. Americans are inundated with 19 billion catalogs a year. A new not-for-profit Website called Catalog Choice just launched today that lets you opt out of getting such mailings on a catalog-by-catalog basis. (The site contacts companies sending out the catalogs for you). Clear… Read More

  • Zolve: A Social Network for Real Estate Agents

    Zolve: A Social Network for Real Estate Agents

    Like many entrepreneurs, Brian Wilson began his tech startup in a garage. Unlike most others, however, his garage was an army depot in Baghdad. There he dreamed up and created Zolve—a social network for real-estate brokers designed to let them swap referrals. The site he built in Baghdad is self-funded, and was coded over the past ten months by an engineering team in India. Tomorrow morning… Read More

  • Facebook Apps Ruled By the Few

    Facebook Apps Ruled By the Few

    Every software developer these days seems to be working on a Facebook app, but relatively few get any traction. Tim O’Reilly reports that of the more than 5,000 Facebook apps available today, only 84 account for nearly 90 percent of all the usage. Of those, only about half boast more than 100,000 active users, and only three have more than one million active users. For instance, Top Friends… Read More

  • The More Gphones, the Better

    The More Gphones, the Better

    Rumors of an impending Google phone coming out early next year have been heating up since late summer. Google is thought to be in talks with several phone manufacturers, including HTC and Samsung, to create mobile phones around its platform. Search Engine Land has a handy timeline of most of the rumors up through late August. Today, the NYT weighs in, suggesting that Google’s large mobile… Read More

  • Rubicon Project Launches: A Network of Ad Networks

    Rubicon Project Launches: A Network of Ad Networks

    For those advertisers and Websites finding it difficult to keep up with the 300-plus ad networks out there, a new startup called the Rubicon Project promises to simplify the process of placing ads online. It provides one dashboard to manage all of a company’s ad campaigns, and tries to optimize across ad networks—from Google, Yahoo, and Tacoda (AOL) to AdBrite to HispanoClick—to… Read More

  • Mint Rakes It In

    Mint Rakes It In

    Since launching and winning the top spot at our TechCrunch40 conference three weeks ago, personal-finance startup Mint has been on a roll. On Friday, Mint was named Best of Show at the 2007 Financial Innovations conference (along with peer-to-peer lender Prosper and mortgage-finder Mortgagebot). CEO Aaron Patzer reports to us that, in just the past three weeks, Mint has already helped organize… Read More

  • VoodooVox: Building a Voice 2.0 Ad Network

    VoodooVox: Building a Voice 2.0 Ad Network

    As if we didn’t have enough advertising in our lives, now we can look forward to listening to ads while on hold during a phone call, or while using a free Web telephony service. One startup trying to make that happen is VoodoVox out of New York City. Backed by Softbank Capital, Apax Partners, and Steamboat Ventures (Disney), VoodooVox has raised a total of $13 million so far. CEO J. Scott… Read More

  • Yahoo Answers To Go Mobile

    Yahoo Answers To Go Mobile

    One of Yahoo’s most successful product launches in recent years has been Yahoo Answers, which is showing more than 50 percent year-over-year growth in pageviews, according to comScore. Yahoo keeps pushing the crowd-sourcing property, which lets 95 million registered members around the world answer each others questions. Now Yahoo Answers is going mobile, with results from the service to be… Read More

  • Google's Share of U.S. Online Ads Hits 40 Percent

    Google's Share of U.S. Online Ads Hits 40 Percent

    <right Google is really growing into its gorillahood. A quick calculation (via HipMojo), based on the latest figures from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, shows that in the first half of 2007 Google commanded a 40 percent market share of all online advertising in the U.S. (Okay, I’m rounding up. It was really 39.8 percent). But that compares to a 34.6 percent share in the first half of… Read More

  • Court Victory For Music Labels Won't Save Their Industry

    The music industry won the first file-sharing case to go to trial yesterday when a jury found a Minnesota woman guilty of 24 counts of copyright infringement. The $222,000 verdict comes to $9,250 for each of the 24 songs at issue. Perhaps this is how the industry hopes to keep the price of music from going down to zero. The music industry is hoping that this out-sized verdict will make… Read More

  • Does Chess Need to be Crowdsourced?

    Does Chess Need to be Crowdsourced?

    A new site that just launched today called CrowdChess aims to answer that question. You log on and sign up for a game. Each side is made up of teams of dozens, hundreds or even thousands of people. Anyone on a team can suggest the next move, and the move that gets the most votes is the one that is played out. (Here are the rules. If anyone reading this ends up playing, please report back your… Read More

  • Exclusive: Arrington Goes Nuts in "Unnecesary Force"

    This just went live from JibJab. There are now two new movies in their Starring You line of animations where you can upload your head to star in the movie. Here’s one with Arrington and me called Unnecessary Force, which jibjab kindly made for us. I tried to stop him folks. Also check out Math Camp Massacres. (For more on Starring You, check out this video). Read More

  • Microsoft Beats Google To Online Health Records With HealthVault

    Microsoft Beats Google To Online Health Records With HealthVault

    It’s not often that Microsoft gets the drop on Google. But today it launched HealthVault in beta, a free online repository where anyone can keep their personal health records.   Meanwhile, Google Health has yet to launch, having recently lost its leader Adam Bosworth. With HealthVault, you can import your health records from your doctors, hospitals, labs, prescription drug plans, and other… Read More