Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington
J. Michael Arrington (born March 13, 1970 in Huntington Beach, California) is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of [TechCrunch](http://www.crunchbase.com/company/techcrunch), a blog covering startups and technology news. Arrington attended Claremont McKenna College (BA Economics, 1992) and Stanford Law School (JD, 1995) and practiced as a corporate and securities lawyer at two law firms: O'Melveny & Myers and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His clients included [idealab](/company/idealab), [Netscape](/company/netscape), [Pixar](/company/pixar), [Apple](/company/apple) and a number of startups, venture funds and investment banks. He also co-authored a book on initial public offerings. In 1999, he left WSGR to join [RealNames](/company/realnames) as VP of Business Development and General Counsel. In 2000, he cofounded [Achex](/company/achex), an online payments company, that was later acquired by [First Data Corp](/company/first-data-corporation) for $32 million. Achex is now the back end infrastructure to Western Union online. Arrington worked in an operational role at a Carlyle backed startup in London, founded and ran two companies in Canada (Zip.ca and Pool.com), was COO to a [Kleiner](/financial-organization/kleiner-perkins-caufield-byers)-backed company called [Razorgator](/company/razorgator), and consulted to other companies, including [Verisign](/company/verisign). In May 2008, [Time](/company/time) Magazine named Michael Arrington as one of the world's [100 most influential people](http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1733748_1733758_1735848,00.html). **Conflicts Of Interest** Updated 10/23/12 I am a partner at [CrunchFund](/organization/crunchfund), a venture capital firm with investments in many startups around the world. I am also a limited partner in many other venture funds which have their own startup investments. Because of these investments, if there's a startup there's a good chance I'm a direct or indirect investor in it. Many times I won't even know that I'm an investor, because venture funds that I invest in don't normally share non public information with limited partners. Also, CrunchFund's investors include AOL and many of the top tier venture funds. That means I invest in a lot of startups. And I invest in a lot of venture funds. And a lot of venture funds have invested in me. I also occasionally own public company stocks. I currently own shares of Facebook. Until recently I owned shares of AOL. I also own other public company stocks through the management of a third party, although I typically don't know about those investments and they are primarily not in the tech industry. Sometimes I have so many financial conflicts of interest that I can't even keep them straight. So when you read what I write on Uncrunched, TechCrunch or wherever, understand that I'm conflicted. A lot. How do I [deal with this and still write](http://uncrunched.com/2012/02/22/look-this-is-what-it-comes-down-to/)? I addressed it in one of my [first posts on Uncrunched](http://uncrunched.com/2011/09/25/what-exactly-is-uncrunched/) in 2011: "Here are the things you can expect from me: - TRANSPARENCY: I will disclose, as I've always done, all financial conflicts of interest (I have lots and lots of those). I'll also disclose other conflicts of interest, like friendships, when I can. I know a lot of you don't understand why I can't disclose all conflicts of interest. The answer is that if I did, not that many people would want to talk to me in the direct, honest way that I prefer. As a reader you must remain aware of the inherent bias in everything you read, and form your own opinions accordingly. Read [this post on TechCrunch](http://techcrunch.com/2011/05/07/tech-press-screw-them-all/) and the links for more about how I see the world. - TRUTH: I always try to find the truth in a situation. That unvarnished, pure nugget of truth at the core of every issue that I write about. Sometimes this takes more than one post, and sometimes I have to go back and correct things I've gotten wrong. I'll continue to do that. For more on this, read my post about [process journalism](http://techcrunch.com/2009/06/07/the-morality-and-effectiveness-of-process-journalism/). - BIAS: I have lots of it, and I never try to ignore it or hide from it. The main thing to know about me is that I'm a champion of entrepreneurs and the startups they build. They are my rock stars. If in doubt I side with them, and that's clear from my writing. For more on this, read my ll always disclose the conflict of interest directly in that post. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Michael Arrington

  • Apple Stomps On Tapjoy’s App Download Circle Jerk (Again)

    Apple Stomps On Tapjoy’s App Download Circle Jerk (Again)

    Memories of Scamville have faded, and we don’t see the brazen customer ripoff schemes from the big gaming companies these days. But the main company behind Scamville, Offerpal (the company renamed as Tapjoy after the Scamville disaster), just can’t seem to find an honest way to make a buck. In their new incarnation Tapjoy is the primary purveyor of paid app downloads, and it has made… Read More

  • Is There Much Of A Market For A Universal Translator?

    Is There Much Of A Market For A Universal Translator?

    Microsoft has an impressive new universal translator demonstration – Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid shows a real time translation of English (voice) to Chinese (voice, via text), with the interesting twist that the translated language is spoken in his own voice. Rashid writes about it here, and there’s a video. More here. This is a product that just naturally resonates with people. Read More

  • Hey Google, Your Nexus 7 Marketing Images Look Like Crap

    Hey Google, Your Nexus 7 Marketing Images Look Like Crap

    No one understands why President Obama didn’t hammer Governor Romney on his 47% secret video comments during the first presidential debate. In hindsight, a mistake. Like President Obama, Google is throwing away its best ammunition against the iPad mini – pixel density – by publishing marketing materials that make the Nexus 7 look like a turd. Read More

  • If You Love Startups And Live In San Francisco, Vote Yes On Prop E

    If You Love Startups And Live In San Francisco, Vote Yes On Prop E

    San Francisco residents will be voting on Proposition E next week, an important measure aimed at eliminating the ridiculous payroll tax companies here pay and replacing it with a (slightly less evil) revenue tax. The net effect – an estimated increase in tax revenue for the city of around $28.5 million next year, and a significantly more startup-friendly environment. Read More

  • Paid Blogger

    Paid Blogger

    Hey. My name is Michael Arrington. For newer readers who don’t know, I founded TechCrunch back in 2005. Last year I was fired and began writing on Uncrunched. Read More

  • Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer On Stage At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer On Stage At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco

    It was May 2010 and all I wanted was an answer to my question, “What is Yahoo?” Then Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz wasn’t able to answer that question. But the conversation was…lively anyway. TechCrunch wants to try this again, and newly minted Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and I have both agreed. I’ll interview her at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, coming up in just a… Read More

  • I’m Back

    I’m Back

    Hey! So TechCrunch Disrupt New York is just around the corner on May 19-23. So, what, you say, you don’t work here any more, right? (for the newer TechCrunch readers, I’m the guy who founded the site) Well, yeah, I don’t work here any more because Aol fired me last year. Lots has been written about that. No need to rehash it all here. We’ve all moved on. Read More

  • Editorial Independence

    Editorial Independence

    There’s confusion – way too much confusion – about my status at TechCrunch and TechCrunch’s status at Aol after last week’s announcement that I was launching a venture fund, partially backed by Aol. The multiple conflicting statements made by Aol on Thursday and Friday of last week are evidence of that confusion, but that isn’t the core issue. My… Read More

  • Speaking Of Dropbox, Here’s My No. 1 Phone Prank

    Speaking Of Dropbox, Here’s My No. 1 Phone Prank

    Everything’s candy and roses for Dropbox today as the company simultaneously breaks out the expensive champagne and whispers “no comment” to anyone asking about the news. No matter, though, I’m right here cheering them on, too. That’s just how I roll. High fives, all alone, but there in spirit. Anyhow, all this reminiscing about the young days of Dropbox and I… Read More

  • HP Discovers The Wonderful Power Of Scarcity, And The TouchPad Lives On

    HP Discovers The Wonderful Power Of Scarcity, And The TouchPad Lives On

    Hot damn, I want one of those HP TouchPad tablets. Why? Because they’re sold out! Perception of scarcity is a fascinating human condition. It’s one of the first things we learn as children – that running towards something is usually a guarantee that you won’t get it. But act like you don’t want something, and it’ll come running to you. The creation of… Read More

  • Index Leads $4 billion Valuation Round In Dropbox

    Index Leads $4 billion Valuation Round In Dropbox

    Dropbox is finally moving to close that massive valuation venture round we’ve been talking about all summer. According to multiple sources, Index Ventures will lead the round, which values Dropbox at around $4 billion. At some point I hope that the entire story comes out about this round. Nearly everyone in Silicon Valley has taken a look. There was early interest at valuations of $8… Read More

  • Prediction: Facebook Will Enter the Search Market Next Year

    Prediction: Facebook Will Enter the Search Market Next Year

    Next year, search advertising will be a $15 billion market in the U.S. alone, growing by 14 percent, according to eMarketer. And, if Facebook can capture half the share of that market that Google has today, it could easily add an extra $25 billion or even far more to its value. For most any CEO who could have even a modest chance of succeeding at it, that payoff would be reason enough to take… Read More

  • Unbridled Entrepreneurism

    Unbridled Entrepreneurism

    Y Combinator had its semiannual demo day earlier this week, where many of the 63 startups in this batch showed their stuff to investors and press for the first time. It was the largest demo day so far. And they did the same show two days in a row so more people could come. What struck me about the day wasn’t that so many companies were launching, or how awesome more than a few of them were. Read More

  • What Skype Really Paid For GroupMe

    What Skype Really Paid For GroupMe

    On Sunday we broke the news that Skype was acquiring group messaging service GroupMe. What we didn’t know was the price, and neither company disclosed any of the terms of the deal other than that GroupMe would remain a standalone brand for now, and the team would stay in New York. A widely spread report said that Skype paid as much as $85 million for the year-old company. We’ve… Read More

  • Greplin Releases Must Have iPhone App To Organize Your Life And Avoid Rabid Googlers

    Greplin Releases Must Have iPhone App To Organize Your Life And Avoid Rabid Googlers

    It was only a year ago that I first wrote about Greplin, the “other half of search” for you online life. It’s an incredibly useful search engine that indexes your online email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Calendar, Dropbox and other stuff (22 services are currently supported). Greplin is a single search box for all of this, and it’s fast. Until now, though, you had to… Read More

  • Dear HP: Please Keep Making Those CrunchPads! Er…TouchPads

    Dear HP: Please Keep Making Those CrunchPads! Er…TouchPads

    Back in the Summer of 2008, when there was still a glimmer of innocence and belief in the fundamental goodness of people in this young blogger’s mind, I decided that I wanted a touchscreen tablet. Something like the screen side of a Macbook Air, plus a touch screen. It would mostly be for “couch” computing, I said. although I also meant “bathroom” computing. Read More

  • Thrive Capital Raises New $40 Million “Scalable” Fund

    Thrive Capital Raises New $40 Million “Scalable” Fund

    Thrive Capital’s first venture fund was just $10 million, but the fund made 27 investments and more than a couple look like home runs. That fund, closed in 2009, holds stock in GroupeMe (acquired by Skype), Greplin, Art.sy, Warby Parker, Zaarly, Fab, Bank Simple, HotPotato (acquired by Facebook), KickStarter and OnSwipe, among others. Not bad for the sole partner, 26 year old Joshua… Read More

  • Skype To Acquire Year-old Group Messaging Service GroupMe

    Skype To Acquire Year-old Group Messaging Service GroupMe

    Skype will acquire group messaging service GroupMe, a service that was born at a hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in 2010. GroupMe was founded by Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci. The terms of the deal, including price, aren’t being disclosed. Just a couple of months after TechCrunch Disrupt the company closed a $850,000 round of financing from Betaworks, SV Angel, First… Read More

  • Screw The Rich (Here’s How)

    Screw The Rich (Here’s How)

    Tax the rich. Those bastards. I get why people who aren’t rich hate those that are. No one really cares what they have, they only care what they have relative to others. When there is inequality, and there always is, even the hyper intelligent call for a redistribution of wealth. It’s an enduring longing for us as a species, and no evidence to the contrary will convince people it… Read More

  • WhaleShark Media Buys UK’s Top Coupon Site, VoucherCodes

    WhaleShark Media Buys UK’s Top Coupon Site, VoucherCodes

    WhaleShark Media, which just announced an investment by Google Ventures, continues to acquire coupon sites around the world. Tomorrow they’ll announce the aquisition of eConversions, Ltd., operator of the web sites VoucherCodes.co.uk in the UK and Gutschein-Codes.de in Germany. Vouchercodes is the UK’s largest coupon site, says Whaleshark. The size of the acquisition isn’t… Read More