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 →

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  • Hyper-Local Ad Targeting Startup PlaceIQ Raises $4.2 Million And Moves To New York City

    Hyper-Local Ad Targeting Startup PlaceIQ Raises $4.2 Million And Moves To New York City

    Ah, the allure of the Big City. PlaceIQ, a hyper-local ad targeting startup from Boulder, Colorado is moving to New York City, flush with $4.2 million in series A funding. New investors include U.S. Venture Partners and Valhalla Partners. Existing investors IA Ventures, kbs+p ventures, and angel investor Jerry Neumann also invested in the round. PlaceIQ breaks up the world into 100 million… Read More

  • Any.DO Android App Downloaded 500,000 Times In 30 Days

    Any.DO Android App Downloaded 500,000 Times In 30 Days

    There are not many breakout mobile apps that are Android-first, but if the last 30 days are any indication, social to-do app Any.DO has a shot at getting there. The app’s been downloaded 500,000 times in the past 30 days from the Android market, and people are downloading it at a rate of 40,000 a day. The app is not quite one of the top 100 free apps yet (it is currently No. 113), but it… Read More

  • Yext CEO Howard Lerman Demos PowerListings Turbo

    Yext Turbocharges Local Listings

    If you are a small or local business, managing your listings on the dozens of local listings sites on the Web is next to impossible. Yext, which started out as a pay-per-call advertising startup, shifted its focus earlier this year to create a one-stop dashboard for local businesses, called PowerListings. Today, Yext is turbocharging its Powerlistings product by adding two dozen more partner… Read More

  • Sean Parker And Shervin Pishevar At Le Web: “If You Don’t Fail, You Haven’t Tried Hard Enough” (Video)

    Sean Parker And Shervin Pishevar At Le Web: “If You Don’t Fail, You Haven’t Tried Hard Enough” (Video)

    Last week at Le Web, Alexia interviewed Sean Parker and Shervin Pishevar onstage in what turned out to be one of the most-buzzed about sessions. Here is the full video for your weekend watching pleasure. It’s a great discussion that ranges across the state of startups, venture capital, music, and politics . Parker bemoans the surplus of venture capital  for its effect of diluting the… Read More

  • Navarrow Wright Talks About Silicon Valley Diversity

    Navarrow Wright: There Is A Diversity Problem In Silicon Valley

    Navarrow Wright, the co-founder of Global Grind and current CTO of InteractIve One, which operates BlackPlanet.com and other sites, came into the TCTV studio to have “the race conversation” with me. “It is a meritocracy at some level,” Wright acknowledges. “I think the challenge is how do you get involved in that ecosystem.” One of the biggest barriers… Read More

  • Yahoo IntoNow Interactive TV App Demo

    Catching Up With IntoNow Before The Republican Debate (Video)

    Social TV these days usually means a companion app on your iPad that lets you Tweet along with your friends and fellow fans while you are watching TV. These apps work best for live events (the one remaining time in the age of the DVR when a large mass of people actually watch an event at the same time). IntoNow, which was bought by Yahoo and launched its iPad app last month, is partnering with… Read More

  • Michael Moritz On Klarna’s $155M Round: “This Is The Public Financing Of Twelve Years Ago”

    Michael Moritz On Klarna’s $155M Round: “This Is The Public Financing Of Twelve Years Ago”

    On Friday, a little-known Swedish ecommerce payments company called Klarna raised a massive $155 million round from DST and General Atlantic. Its previous round was a scant $9 million in May, 2010 when it was discovered by Sequoia Capital and superstar partner Michael Moritz took a board seat (yes, he actually flies to Sweden for the board meetings). “This is the public financing of… Read More

  • Apple Grand Central Store Opening Event

    Apple’s Jam-Packed Grand Central Store (Video)

    Apple finally opened up its biggest store yet in Grand Central Terminal today. Since I was passing through, I decided to take a quick walkthrough with my iPhone. The results are the two videos and other images below. The store covers two balconies which wrap around a corner of Grand Central, with different products laid down on tables and taking up space in grottos towards the back of the… Read More

  • Fly or Die Path 2.0 App Review

    Fly Or Die: Path 2.0

    The new Path app has been out on the iPhone for about a week, and it’s been getting good reviews among the early-adopter set. In this episode of Fly or Die, John Biggs and I go through the pros and cons. Read More

  • Sean Parker: “This Election, Social Media Will Determine The Outcome”

    Sean Parker: “This Election, Social Media Will Determine The Outcome”

    Every time Sean Parker goes onstage, someone asks him the inevitable question, “Where is the social web going.” Today at Le Web, where he was interviewed alongside VC Shervin Pishevar by TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis, he decided to talk about politics. “I don’t think politics have been figured out yet,” he says. The Obama campaign created financial… Read More

  • European Payment Service Klarna Raises A Whopping $155 Million From DST And General Atlantic

    European Payment Service Klarna Raises A Whopping $155 Million From DST And General Atlantic

    European e-commerce payments provider Klarna just raised a huge, pre-IPO round of $155 million. The round was led by General Atlantic and Yuri Milner’s DST Global. Sequoia Capital led its last $9 million round in May, 2010. (Update: Sequoia did not invest in this round). At that time, Sequoia partner Michael Moritz (he of Google, PayPal, and Yahoo fame) joined the board. The new round… Read More

  • The New Twitter Brand Pages, With Bold Banners And Pinned Videos

    The New Twitter Brand Pages, With Bold Banners And Pinned Videos

    Twitter unveiled a major redesign today which will be rolling out slowly. We’ve covered some of the main aspects already such as the new timeline and discover features, as well as how Twitter is trying to become more mainstream and accessible. One major change for brands, however, is new brand pages. Not everyone can see what these look like yet, so I’ve pasted some screenshots… Read More

  • What Are The Best Startups Of 2011? #Crunchies

    What Are The Best Startups Of 2011? #Crunchies

    As open nominations for the 5th annual Crunchies awards enters its final week (nominate here until Dec 13), it’s time to figure out which are the best startups and products of 2011. The Crunchies, which we co-host along with GigaOm and VentureBeat, has 20 categories spanning but the most anticipated awards, the ones we save for last, are Best Overall Startup and Best New Startup of… Read More

  • Eric Schmidt’s Le Web Keynote Video: “Android is Ahead Of The iPhone”

    Eric Schmidt’s Le Web Keynote Video: “Android is Ahead Of The iPhone”

    Google chairman Eric Schmidt spoke yesterday at Le Web in Paris, and now the entire interview is on YouTube (thank you, Loic!). Schmidt talks about politics, and Google’s rapid acquisition pace (one a week). The hour-long interview is punctuated with bon mots like: “It is much easier to start a revolution, but it is harder to finish it.” If you don’t have time to watch… Read More

  • Fly or Die Review of Flipboard App for iPhone

    Fly Or Die: Flipboard For The iPhone

    Last night, Flipboard released its long-awaited iPhone app. The app is a companion to its popular iPad reader which renders feeds and realtime streams into a magazine-like experience. The iPhone app is already so popular that it took down Flipboard’s service earlier today. In this episode of Fly or Die, John Biggs and I take the iPhone app through the paces. The app is gorgeous, as you… Read More

  • Forget An IPO For Now, LivingSocial Raises Another $176 Million. Total Could Reach $400 Million.

    Forget An IPO For Now, LivingSocial Raises Another $176 Million. Total Could Reach $400 Million.

    In a sign that it may be pushing off an IPO after Groupon’s lackluster performance, rival LivingSocial has raised $176 million in a new round of funding, according to a new SEC filing. Reports of the new funding first surfaced in the New York Times a few weeks ago. While the SEC document does not name the investors, I’ve been able to independently confirm the round was led by… Read More

  • DataSift To Offer Access To Historical Tweets

    DataSift To Offer Access To Historical Tweets

    Twitter developers have long been pining for access to historical Tweets. Right now, the best they can get is 7 days worth based on keyword search. DataSift, one of Twitter’s data partners which currently provides developers and third parties with access to the full Twitter firehose in realtime, will soon make historical Tweets accessible as well. Developers can sign up for the Alpha… Read More

  • Kevin O'Connor Discusses FindTheBest

    FindTheBest Adds Smart Ratings And A Better Way To Compare Products

    Sometimes having better data isn’t enough, even in search. You have to present it in an intuitive way that is easy to grasp. Kevin O’Connor, the founder of FindTheBest (and before that, DoubleClick), has been working on a very hard problem: how to help people compare different products and services so that they can quickly figure out which is the best one. “How do you… Read More

  • The Top Spiking Tweets Of 2011

    The Top Spiking Tweets Of 2011

    Which event caused a greater spike in tweets this year, the Japanese earthquake, Steve Jobs’ death, or Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement at the MTV Music Awards? Yup, it was Beyonce. Twitter just released the top tweets per second for the year as part of its ongoing Year in Review. Yestreday it revealed the top tweeted hashtags and other topics). Read More

  • SeatGeek Unveils Columbus, A “Pandora For Live Events”

    SeatGeek Unveils Columbus, A “Pandora For Live Events”

    Sometimes you want to go out, but aren’t sure what’s going on in your city that would interest you. SeatGeek, the ticket search engine for live events, is launching an event discovery engine today called Columbus that helps you find concerts, sporting events, and live shows in your area. It is a “Pandora for live events” says SeatGeek co-founder Jack Groetzinger. You… Read More