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

  • Citi Survey: 27 Percent Watch Netflix Online Versus 15 Percent For Hulu

    Citi Survey: 27 Percent Watch Netflix Online Versus 15 Percent For Hulu

    Both Netflix’s brand and shares have been battered this year after price hikes last summer and the botched attempt to spin off the DVD rental business. Netflix was roundly criticized for its miscommunication with customers, but what’s been the actual effect? Citi analysts Mark Mahaney surveyed almost 10,000 former and current Netflix customers to find out. While overall… Read More

  • Actually, Searches For “Google+” Are Petering Out

    Actually, Searches For “Google+” Are Petering Out

    Just last week, Google was promoting the fact that “Google+” was the No. 2 fastest-growing search term of the year in its annual Zeitgest list. And it did have an amazing pop when it hit “10 million members” a couple weeks after launch last summer. People wanted to know what this new Google+ thing was all about. And since it didn’t exist the year before, on a… Read More

  • Scribd Protests SOPA By Making A Billion Pages On The Web Disappear

    Scribd Protests SOPA By Making A Billion Pages On The Web Disappear

    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is delayed in Congress, but it is definitely not dead. The media company lobbyists and their Congressmen (hello, Lamar Smith!) are simply regrouping. Some of the more controversial aspects of the bill include transferring liability for copyright infringement to sites that host user-generated content and blocking that content via DNS servers. To highlight… Read More

  • More On That $300 Million Saudi Investment In Twitter: It’s Not New

    More On That $300 Million Saudi Investment In Twitter: It’s Not New

    The blogosphere and tech press is all atwitter about the news that Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal invested $300 million in Twitter. While the identity of the Saudi prince as an investor was not officially confirmed before, the investment itself is not new. The investment was part of the previously announced $800 million financing Twitter closed last September, according to a source with… Read More

  • Tech IPOs Just Ain’t What They Used To Be

    Tech IPOs Just Ain’t What They Used To Be

    Why are tech IPOs such a big disappointment this year? The latest IPO, Zynga, is trading down from its Friday debut (currently around $9 versus its first IPO trade at $11). It’s not just Zynga or the overall market (which is also down). Just look at almost any tech IPO this year, many are below where they first traded on the day their shares went public, including LinkedIn (now trading… Read More

  • Goodbye, Heather

    Goodbye, Heather

    Heather Harde, the business brains behind TechCrunch, will be stepping down at the end of the year as general manager of AOL’s technology properties (including TechCrunch, Engadget, Joystiq, and TUAW). AOL GM Jay Kirsch, who oversees Autos, Finance, and Industry on the business side, will be adding Tech to his responsibilities. Editorially, TechCrunch will remain independent under me. Read More

  • Fotopedia Shifts From iPad Books To Photozine With “Wild Friends” App

    Fotopedia Shifts From iPad Books To Photozine With “Wild Friends” App

    Digital media is just more compelling when it is updated on a regular basis. That is what keeps people coming back. It’s as true for blogs as it is for apps. Fotopedia has built a nice little franchise putting out digital photo books re-imagined for the iPad. After 9 apps and 6.2 million downloads, with 1.4 million active users and 100 million pageviews a month, it is taking a more… Read More

  • Zynga IPO Prices At $10, The Upper End Of Its Range, But Under The Last Private Round

    Zynga IPO Prices At $10, The Upper End Of Its Range, But Under The Last Private Round

    Zynga priced its IPO at $10 a share, according to Bloomberg and CNBC (bankers love to leak). The IPO, which is set for tomorrow, will be in the upper end of the $8.50 to $10 price range the company indicated previously in SEC filings. Zynga will sell at least 100 million shares, raising $1 billion at a $7 billion valuation. The valuation is about half of where early reports were speculating… Read More

  • USV's Brad Burnham on Why SOPA Must Be Stopped

    Brad Burnham Explains Why SOPA Must Be Stopped

    The Congressional Judiciary committee is debating a bill today called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which nobody in the Internet industry wants to see passed. Not surprisingly, the bill was written by lobbyists for the music and movie industries, who are frustrated by their inability to go after foreign sites filled with pirated material. The piracy problem is real, but the proposed… Read More

  • Google+ Comes In At No. 2 On Google’s Own List Of Fastest-Growing Searches Of 2011

    Google+ Comes In At No. 2 On Google’s Own List Of Fastest-Growing Searches Of 2011

    Well, this is convenient. Google published its 2011 Zeitgeist list of the fastest-growing search terms of the year. The No. 2 term on the list, right behind No. 1 “Rebecca Black,” is its own product, “Google+”. Since nobody ever heard of Google+ until this year, and it received loads of news coverage as Google’s strongest attempt yet to take on Facebook, searches… Read More

  • Project Orion: Say Media’s Plan To Tailor TypePad Into Its CMS And Become The Conde Nast Of The Web

    Project Orion: Say Media’s Plan To Tailor TypePad Into Its CMS And Become The Conde Nast Of The Web

    I finally caught up with Say Media CEO Matt Sanchez today, after his acquisition of tech blog ReadWriteWeb. He wouldn’t confirm the $5 million price (he didn’t deny it either), but he let slip something else which sheds light on Say Media’s overall strategy. Internally, they call it Orion. It is a professional, modern content management system (CMS) specifically tailored… Read More

  • The Price For ReadWriteWeb Was Around $5 Million

    The Price For ReadWriteWeb Was Around $5 Million

    Tech blog ReadWriteWeb was acquired today by SAY Media, as was previously reported. I’ve found out a few more details. The price SAY paid out was under $5 million, after the assumption of ReadWriteWeb’s liabilities, according to a source privy to the details. The company’s liabilities weren’t huge, so the total acquisition price was somewhere around $5 million. Staff… Read More

  • The Rise Of The “Creative” Class

    The Rise Of The “Creative” Class

    LinkedIn has put out its annual list of top buzzwords (over)used on members’ professional profiles. The top word people in the U.S. use to describe themselves on LinkedIn? “Creative.” That word did not even make the top ten list last year, when “Extensive Experience” topped the list. And it’s not just the U.S. If you look at the country breakdown, this was… Read More

  • Pixiv Online Artist Community Redesign Demo

    How Pixiv Built Japan’s 12th Largest Site With Manga-Girl Drawings (Redesign Sneak Peek And Invites)

    Unless you live in Japan, chances are you’ve never heard of Pixiv. Even if you do live in Japan, unless you are young and really into drawing manga characters, chances are you’ve still never heard of Pixiv. But its 3.6 million visitors a month generate an astounding 2.9 billion pageviews. According to comScore, Pixiv is the 12th largest site in Japan measured by pageviews… Read More

  • Report: Android Apps Make Only 24 Percent As Much As iOS Apps

    Report: Android Apps Make Only 24 Percent As Much As iOS Apps

    Google chairman Eric Schmidt recently boasted at Le Web that “Android is ahead of the iPhone.” And that may be true in terms of how many mobile devices with the Android operating system are being activated daily (550,000 versus 450,000 daily for Apple’s iOS, at last count). If Android has the numbers, why aren’t more developers flocking to Apple? The answer is simple. Read More

  • Attention, Angel Investors: You Have Until Jan. 1 To Lock In 100% Tax-Free Capital Gains On Startup Stock

    Attention, Angel Investors: You Have Until Jan. 1 To Lock In 100% Tax-Free Capital Gains On Startup Stock

    Angel investing has been on the rise over the past few years (see Crunchbase chart below), and this year is no exception. A quirk in the tax laws is helping. Any “qualified small business stock” purchased between September 27, 2010 and January 1, 2012 and held for at least five years is 100 percent exempt from capital gains. After January 1, the tax exemption reverts to the normal… Read More

  • TweetVid Wesbite Demo

    Twitvid Transforms Itself From Video Repository To Social Destination

    Up until now, Twitvid has been the largest repository of videos on Twitter other than YouTube. It’s essentially been the TwitPic of video, and it’s done a good job with 40 million video views per month and 12 million unique visitors. But people mostly come to Twitvid from social links, they don’t stick around. CEO Mo Al Adham wants to change that by turning Twitvid into a… Read More

  • The Real Reason Twitter Employees Are Leaving—So They Can Sell Their Stock

    The Real Reason Twitter Employees Are Leaving—So They Can Sell Their Stock

    People are leaving Twitter—executives, engineers—this happens at large companies with more than 700 employees. We notice, as does every other tech blog. Nicholas Carlson at Business Insider put forth a some theories based on a single interview with a former employee that range from the engineers not being rockstar enough to jealousy over a party in Las Vegas to which only some… Read More

  • One More Day To Nominate Startups For The Crunchies!

    One More Day To Nominate Startups For The Crunchies!

    The Crunchies are just around the corner (January 31, to be exact). Nominations for Silicon Valley’s annual technology awards co-hosted by GigaOm, VentureBeat and TechCrunch end tomorrow at midnight PT. So this is your last chance to tell us who is worthy of a Crunchie for Best Startup, Best Mobile App, Best Design, Best Technology Achievement, or any of the other categories. There are… Read More

  • Mobile Passes Print In Time Spent, But Doesn’t Get The Ad Dollars

    Mobile Passes Print In Time Spent, But Doesn’t Get The Ad Dollars

    The web passed print a long time ago in terms of time spent by consumers, but 2011 will be the first year that mobile passes print, according to new estimates by market research firm eMarketer. Time spent on mobile devices is now an average of 65 minutes a day, compared to 44 minutes a day for print (magazines and newspapers combined). Last year mobile and print were neck and neck at 50… Read More