Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington
J. Michael Arrington (born March 13, 1970 in Huntington Beach, California) is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of 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, Netscape, Pixar, 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 as VP of Business Development and General Counsel. In 2000, he cofounded Achex, an online payments company, that was later acquired by First Data Corp 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-backed company called Razorgator, and consulted to other companies, including Verisign. In May 2008, Time Magazine named Michael Arrington as one of the world's 100 most influential people. Conflicts Of Interest Updated 10/23/12 I am a partner at 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? I addressed it in one of my first posts on 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 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. 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

  • Profile – ElfURL

    Profile – ElfURL

    Service: ElfURL Created: July 20, 2005 What is it? ElfURL went from idea to launch in 4 days. I was reading Alexander Muse’s blog this morning and saw his post on ElfURL: “Last Monday I posted an entry with an idea for a new little Web 2.0 application to replace Tinyurl. Basically I suggested that it would be helpful to have a tool to make long URLs shorter, while at the same… Read More

  • Profile – Zazzle

    Profile – Zazzle

    Company: Zazzle Launched: 1999 (zazzle.com launched 2003)

    Status: Announced $16m Series A on July 18, 2005 What is it? Zazzle let’s customers create customized products, ranging from tshirts to stamps, and sell them on the zazzle website. In their own words, “Zazzle is the leading customized products marketplace for consumer enthusiasts to share and celebrate their interests… Read More

  • Update: AlwaysOn (Day One)

    Update: AlwaysOn (Day One)

    Event: AlwaysOn Previous Post: July 19, 2005 What’s Happening? Great start to the conference. Cocktail hour(s) followed by a number of panels and discussions. This is clearly going to be a great event – a live webcast is available here, with over 900 reported participants. The chat is lively and interesting. Welcome Remarks: Tom Byers, Stanford Professor, talks about the… Read More

  • AlwaysOn Starts Today

    AlwaysOn Starts Today

    Event: AlwaysOn We’ll be attending the AlwaysOn Conference this week. The buzz is incredible and we look forward to seeing and writing about new technologies all week. Updates to come. There’s a profile of AlwaysOn founder Tony Perkins in today’s San Jose Mercury News (via Morgan McLintic). Tags: alwayson, AO2005, goingon, web2.0, techcrunch, stanford Read More

  • Profile – Shadows

    Profile – Shadows

    Editor’s Note: Today is Social Bookmarking day, with profiles of Simpy and now Shadows. Simpy went out on TechCrunch today because they’ve been releasing new functionality that we really like. Shadows has only been out for a couple of weeks, and will make a public appearance at the AlwaysOn conference at Stanford this week (say hello to me if you are there), and so we thought it… Read More

  • Profile – Simpy

    Profile – Simpy

    Company: Simpy

    Launched: May 4, 2004 What is it? Simpy is a social bookmarking service that can be compared to del.icio.us, Furl Yahoo My Web 2.0 and others. In their own words, “Simpy is a social bookmarking service. With Simpy, you can save, tag and search your own bookmarks and notes or browse and search other users’ links and tags. You can be open and share your links… Read More

  • Profile – Doostang

    Profile – Doostang

    Editor’s Note: Writing this from Luxembourg airport. Free and strong wifi. Awesome. Company: Doostang Location: Doostang, Inc.
    160 Brannan St. Suite 306
    San Francisco, CA 94107 E-mail: contact@doostang.com Launched: Recently What is it? Doostang is a trust network and employment service. Once you have joined, you can post a profile, upload a resume, post and search for jobs, write… Read More

  • Profile – Pluck (For Firefox)

    Profile – Pluck (For Firefox)

    Company: Pluck (For Firefox) Launch Date: June 13, 2005 (2.0 Beta for Firefox) What is it? Pluck has a number of excellent products, including a web based RSS reader that competes with Bloglines, NewsGator and others (see our Bloglines v. Newsgator post) as well as an IE plugin that is very popular. They’ve also quietly launched a social bookmarking site called Shadows that will… Read More

  • Web 2.0 This Week (July 10 – 16)

    Web 2.0 This Week (July 10 – 16)

    The main Web 2.0 news this week focused on Technorati (is it dyin or is it rockin?) and the release of Atom 1.0. Lots of other random and interesting stuff as well, including important chia-pet news. Weekly Summary:

    1. Technorati is Dead! Long Live Technorati! Technorati has dominated web 2.0 news this week. Posts come at it from three different but related angles: - Technorati’s… Read More

  • Profile – Judy's Book

    Profile – Judy's Book

    Company: Judy’s Book Launched: July 2005 Location: Seattle, WA What is it? Judy’s Book is a site that allows people to write reviews of local businesses. It also has social networking features (adding friends, groups, etc.) to share reviews with a trust network. The idea is that people trust what their friends think more than advertising. The reviews are easy to write, with lots… Read More

  • Update – Feedburner (BuzzBoost)

    Update – Feedburner (BuzzBoost)

    Company: FeedBurner (BuzzBoost) Location: Chicago

    Previous Profiles: June 14, 2005, July 4, 2005 What’s New? FeedBurner has been launching a ton of new features lately, and BuzzBoost, announed on July 11, is worth noting. In their own words, “Enter BuzzBoost. It’s the latest publicity and awareness offering for FeedBurner publishers, and it’s free. BuzzBoost’s… Read More

  • Profile – Browster

    Profile – Browster

    Company: Browster Launch Date: Beta in February 2005, Version 1.0 launched today, July 13, 2005 What is it? Browster is a tool, available only for IE (damn, I just lost half of my readers right there) that pre-fetches content from links on a web page, and makes that content available by mousing-over the link. Too see it visually click here. So we dusted off IE (used only for FTP these… Read More

  • Profile – Gataga (its gone)

    Profile – Gataga (its gone)

    Company: Gataga Previous Profiles: June 11, 2005 and June 21, 2005 What Happened? Just as background, Gataga was a wonderful tool for searching multiple tagging services in one go. enter a tag on the command line, and see results from delicious, furl, flickr, etc… See our profiles above more more information. We just received an email from Vic at Gataga: Hi Mike… Just to let you… Read More

  • Profile – Wikipedia

    Profile – Wikipedia

    Service: Wikipedia Created: January 15, 2001 Summary: Wikipedia has been around for over 5 years, is the largest wiki (by far) and serves over 400 million page views per month (to compare, USA Today has about 300 million). Wikipedia is a free, online, user-written encyclopedia in wiki format that was created in 2001 by Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales. It has grown at an astonishing rate and… Read More

  • Profile – Planet Web 2.0

    Profile – Planet Web 2.0

    Service: Planet Web 2.0 Launched: about two weeks ago What is it? Planet Web 2.0 is a website (and more importantly an RSS feed) that aggregates content from web 2.0 publishers around the web. It’s a must add feed for anyone tracking web 2.0. The sources of the content are linked on the sidebar, and include TechCrunch. :-) We first discovered the site while reading Richard… Read More

  • Profile – Digg 2.0

    Profile – Digg 2.0

    Company: Digg

    Previous Profile: June 18, 2005 Digg 2.0 Launched: 5 hours ago (July 10, 2005) What is it? See our previous profile on Digg for a description of its functionality. Its a very useful news site that leverages user submissions and “diggs” of stories to promote content higher in various categories and the home page. Digg released version 2.0 a few hours ago. New look… Read More

  • Profile – Del.icio.us (new feature)

    Profile – Del.icio.us (new feature)

    Company: Deli.cio.us (new feature) Previous Profile: June 16, 2005 What’s new? Josh Schachter (the creator of del.icio.us) announced new “tags for two” functionality yesterday. It allows direct bookmarket notification to a person, to suggest they see specific content. We first noticed a trend towards people using del.icio.us as a recommendation engine about a month ago. Read More

  • Profile – Gigablast (Blog Search)

    Profile – Gigablast (Blog Search)

    Service: Gigablast Blog Search Launched: Recently What is it? Gigablast just launched a beta blog search engine at blogs.gigablast.com. Results can be viewed by “revelvance” or date. There are other advance search options as well. However, there is no “tag” search.

    Screen Shots: Creator: Matt Wells, CEO (bio) Links: Blog Search Site
    Press
    About
    About.com Tags… Read More

  • Profile: RocketBoom

    Profile: RocketBoom

    Company: RocketBoom Launched: Located: New York, NY What is it? RocketBoom is a very popular Monday through Friday videoblog, or vblog. The segments are short – around 3 -5 minutes (or less) and released weekdays at 9 am EST. RocketBoom is extremely low-budget – “Instead of costing millions of dollars to produce, Rocketboom is created with a consumer-level video camera… Read More

  • Web 2.0 This Week (July 3 – 9)

    Web 2.0 This Week (July 3 – 9)

    This week we saw a number of interesting web 2.0 developments. Far outstripping everything else, however, was the terrorist attack on London on July 7. Blogs and the Internet played a big role in getting information out to people, as television lagged way behind and the cell networks were jammed. Weekly Summary:

    1. Terrorist Attack in London I was flying to Europe for a conference, enjoying… Read More