Erick Schonfeld

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. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Erick Schonfeld

  • Details Matter

    Details Matter

    The Lean Startup mantra tells entrepreneurs to get a basic version of your product out there to test the waters, and then build the real product afterwards with the knowledge you gain from this early customer feedback. You iterate with live customers instead of on your design board because this is how you learn to build a better product faster. Lean Startup author Eric Ries recommends… Read More

  • Another Data Play: The Next Big Sound Raises $6.5 Million From IA Ventures And Foundry

    Another Data Play: The Next Big Sound Raises $6.5 Million From IA Ventures And Foundry

    We are only one working day into 2012, and already two data startups announced funding rounds. Klout confirmed its Series C, and now social music data gatherer, Next Big Sound, is set to announce a $6.5 million Series A.  The TechStars startup (Class of 2009) just got backing from IA Ventures and Foundry Group. It will also be opening an office in New York City (it is headquartered in… Read More

  • Kleiner Leads Klout’s Latest “$30 Million” Funding Round

    Kleiner Leads Klout’s Latest “$30 Million” Funding Round

    Klout’s reputation is growing among investors. The startup, which provides a social credit score for more than 100 million public profiles across various social networks, raised C round of financing of around $30 million. Business Insider was the first to report the funding. The company declined to disclose the exact amount it raised, but we’ve confirmed that $30 million is close… Read More

  • Flurry: 1.2 Billion Mobile Apps Were Downloaded Over The Holidays

    Flurry: 1.2 Billion Mobile Apps Were Downloaded Over The Holidays

    With nearly 7 million new Android phones and iPhones activated on Christmas Day, an app-downloading frenzy was a foregone conclusion. App research firm Flurry estimates that a combined total of 1.2 billion apps were downloaded during the holiday week between December 25-31. That compares to an average of 750,000 mobile apps downloaded per week earlier in December, or a 60 percent jump. Read More

  • Chrome Is Edging Out Firefox

    Chrome Is Edging Out Firefox

    Android isn’t the only Google product that gobbled up market share in 2011.  Its Chrome browser also had an amazing year. By one measure, StatCounter, Chrome went from 15 percent market share a year ago to 27 percent share in December, 2011. Chrome ended the year two points above Firefox’s 25 percent share (which is down from 31 percent a year ago).  Even as Google recently… Read More

  • For A Good Read, Check Out Editor’s Picks

    For A Good Read, Check Out Editor’s Picks

    Keeping up with TechCrunch can be overwhelming. And sometimes great posts get lost in the flow, pushed down the homepage before many readers even get a chance to see them. If you click on the subject tabs at the top of the site, you can filter by subjects such as Startups, Mobile, Gadgets, and Enterprise. But we are going to add even more ways to filter all the posts and videos that make it… Read More

  • Chart: How Google And Apple Won The Smartphone Wars

    Chart: How Google And Apple Won The Smartphone Wars

    What a difference just one year can make. In our Year in Tech post, I pointed out that 2011 was the year that Apple and Google won the smartphone wars. I put together the chart above from comScore U.S. mobile subscriber estimates to illustrate the dramatic shift in market share in the smartphone market. In less than 18 months, Apple’s and Google’s combined market share of U.S. Read More

  • The Internet Is People

    The Internet Is People

    There’s always been a tension on the Internet between humans and algorithms. In the early days, Yahoo was a human-curated index, remember? But humans couldn’t keep up, and the algorithms took over. Today, the human factor is rising in importance once again with Facebook, Twitter, and countless mobile applications like Instagram. Everything is social. The tension today is between… Read More

  • 2011: The Year In Tech

    2011: The Year In Tech

    Okay, last workday of the year. It’s nostalgia time. Let’s take a quick glance in the rearview mirror at the year in Tech, before we speed forward again in 2012. There were defining moments, epic battles, new product introductions, and major corporate screw-ups. Mobile and social drove many of the changes in tech, and we’ve certainly gone through our own major transition here… Read More

  • Blip.tv Just Raised $6 Million, But Where Is The Audience?

    Blip.tv Just Raised $6 Million, But Where Is The Audience?

    Blip Networks, which operates Blip.tv, is raising more money. According to an SEC filing, the New York City company sold $6 million worth of stock beginning on December 22, 2011 in an offering that could expand to as much as $11.1 million. Presumably, this is part of a Series D offering, since Blip raised a $10 million Series C in May, 2010, almost 18 months ago. Blip is trying to become… Read More

  • Fab’s Fabulous Year—Now Doing Over 100,000 Orders A Month

    Fab’s Fabulous Year—Now Doing Over 100,000 Orders A Month

    In many ways, 2011 was the year of the pivot. One startup that successfully switched gears was Fab, which started the year as a gay social network and ended it a design-oriented e-commerce site. Founder Jason Goldberg created the Fab Timeline slideshow below to illustrate all the changes the company has gone through, from its pivot in February to raising $8 million in July, another $40 million… Read More

  • WeedMaps Buys Medical Marijuana Inventory And Patient Management Software MMJMenu

    WeedMaps Buys Medical Marijuana Inventory And Patient Management Software MMJMenu

    In the small but budding legal medical marijuana industry, WeedMaps has the munchies for acquisitions (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Fresh off its $4.2 million Marijuana.com bong hit in November, WeedMaps’ parent company, Canada’s General Cannabis, announced today its acquisition MMJMenu. MMJMenu provides back-end enterprise software for medical marijuana dispensaries. The… Read More

  • 6.8 Million Android And iOS Devices Were Activated on Xmas Day, 242 Million Apps Downloaded

    6.8 Million Android And iOS Devices Were Activated on Xmas Day, 242 Million Apps Downloaded

    It was a very Android and iOS Christmas. Mobile apps research form Flurry released estimates on how many Android and iOS devices were activated on Christmas day, as well as how many apps were downloaded. On a combined basis, 6.8 million devices were activated, up 353 percent from the 1.5 million average activations a day over the first 20 days of December. And that number from 2.8 million… Read More

  • Apps Are Media

    Apps Are Media

    Apps have taken over the world. If you doubt that just take a look at this app map by Horace Dediu at Asymco which shows the 123 countries in the world where iPhones are available. Of course, anywhere you can get an iPhone, you can get an iPhone app. Like the Web, apps are distributed globally. But when it comes to “media” like books, music, and movies, the distribution is much… Read More

  • People Spend Twice As Much Time On Netflix Than On Hulu

    People Spend Twice As Much Time On Netflix Than On Hulu

    Netflix and Hulu are the two leading video streaming services on the Web when it comes to mainstream TV shows and movies. More people watch Netflix online than Hulu, and have since about 18 months ago. In November, 2011, comScore estimates that Netflix.com attracted 26.6 million unique visitors, versus 20.2 million for Hulu But a better metric to compare the two is how much time people… Read More

  • Shaker Is Going To Have A Rockin’ New Year’s Eve

    Shaker Is Going To Have A Rockin’ New Year’s Eve

    TechCrunch Disrupt winner Shaker is already getting ready for New Year’s Eve. The Facebook app creates 3D virtual rooms where you can party with your friends and meet new people. The startup is partnering with Dick Clark Productions to create a virtual loft where a pre-party will take place right before the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest… Read More

  • Congressman Bill Owens on the Stop Online Piracy Act

    The Congressional Grill: House Co-Sponsor Defends SOPA (TCTV)

    The Internet is up in arms about the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and for good reason. It could potentially block and censor sites for alleged copyright infringement without full due process. Companies that support the bill are facing boycotts (GoDaddy just withdrew its support for this reason). But people on the two sides of the debate still don’t see eye to eye, which is why… Read More

  • TinTin iPad Art Book Blurs The Line Between Books, Movies, And Apps

    TinTin iPad Art Book Blurs The Line Between Books, Movies, And Apps

    If you are a big TinTin fan, you probably know that Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of TinTin opens today in theaters. But if you are a really big fan, there is also a companion coffee table book called “The Art of The Adventures of TinTin.” But don’t get the $39.99 print edition. Get the $5.99 iPad app instead. It has all the same art work, plus a whole lot… Read More

  • Hitwise: Pinterest Grows Nearly 40-Fold Past Six Months

    Hitwise: Pinterest Grows Nearly 40-Fold Past Six Months

    Pinterest’s growth over the past six months has been nothing short of astounding. We’ve noted this before, but some new data today from Hitwise confirms the trend. Last week, Pinterest attracted 11 million visits, up almost 40-fold from just six months ago. Pinterest is now one of the top 10 social networking sites Hitwise tracks. These stats are estimates of visits, not visitors… Read More

  • Android Phones Pass 700,000 Activations Per Day, Approaching 250 Million Total

    Android Phones Pass 700,000 Activations Per Day, Approaching 250 Million Total

    Android just keeps ramping up higher and higher. Andy Rubin tweeted yesterday that there are now more than 700,000 Android phones activated every single day, which is up from 500,000 activations per day last June. You can see how steep the ramp has been over the past three years by looking at the chart up top, which comes from Horace Dediu at Asymco. Dediu estimates that the total… Read More