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

  • 7/7/2005

    7/7/2005

    UPDATE: Please see Dave Sifry for an excellent summary of blog and other resources. Link (The Shape of Days) (via Jeff Nolan) I was on a plane to Copenhagen when it happened, terrifically happy that I had wifi and blogging away about this and that, when the IMs started coming in from friends in London. Passengers and crew came by to get updates as the flight terminated. Thankfully my friends… Read More

  • Profile – Google Earth (relaunch)

    Profile – Google Earth (relaunch)

    Service: Google Earth

    Previous Profile: July 2, 2005 Launch Date: Just re-launched What is it? Google Earth combines satellite imagery, aerial photos, maps and Google Search create an interesting application that allows you to view just about anywhere on the planet in at least some level of detail. It is only available on the PC platform for now. In their own words, “The idea is simple. Read More

  • Profile – Connexion (Boeing)

    Profile – Connexion (Boeing)

    Company: Connexion by Boeing

    What is it? It’s high speed internet access in the sky. I just posted a profile of a new skype tool and did it all sitting here on an SAS flight from Seattle to Copenhagen (heading to the ICANN conference in Luxembourg next week). The technology for this has been around for a few years, but this is my first experience using it. I’m skype-outing at… Read More

  • Profile – Skype (Outlook Toolbar)

    Profile – Skype (Outlook Toolbar)

    Editor’s Note: I’m currently 35,000 feet above ground level, on my way to Europe. SAS is now offering Connexion by Boeing – $30 for high-speed wireless for the whole trip. Nothing like making a call from an airplane for two cents a minute. I’m skyping and blogging my way to Europe…Heck, I’m going to profile this next. Company: Skype (Outlook… Read More

  • Profile: Venture Voice

    Profile: Venture Voice

    Company: Venture Voice Launched: June 8, 2005 What is it? Venture Voice produces podcasts of interviews with interesting people. In their own words, “What does it take to start a successful business? We’re working the phone to find the answers by calling entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and their friends and foes. This podcast (or, for the uninitiated, Internet radio show… Read More

  • Profile: TagCloud

    Profile: TagCloud

    Service: TagCloud Launched: June 2005 Location: Bellwood, PA Status: Corporate name is IonZoft What is it? TagCloud is a service that generates a “tagcloud” (see below) based on provided URLs or feeds. A tagcloud is basically a grouping of tags associated with content, from a single or multiple sources. Tagclouds are a visual tool – tags used more often are bigger and/or… Read More

  • Profile: Feedburner (New Features)

    Profile: Feedburner (New Features)

    Company: FeedBurner Location: Chicago

    Previous Profile: June 14, 2005 What’s New? Feedburner had a “Hackathon” (see Joe Kraus on hackathons) day last Thursday, where engineers dropped their projects for a day and worked on new features that could be designed, implemented and tested in a single day. They came up with seven new features (link): - Ping Server - alert… Read More

  • Profile: Extisp.icio.us

    Profile: Extisp.icio.us

    Service: Extisp.icio.us Launched: June 2005 What is it? Extispicious has two tools built on the back of delicious (profile) data: one for viewing a random scattering of a user’s delicious tags, sized according to number of times used by that user, and another for viewing a random set of yahoo images based on search results for that user’s tags. View Tag… Read More

  • Profile: DinnerBuzz

    Profile: DinnerBuzz

    Company: Dinnerbuzz Launched: June 2005 What is it? Dinnerbuzz is a new service that allows users to provide feedback on restaurants, bars and coffee shops. It leverages user-provided metadata (including tagging) to allow others to easily find and read content on restaurants. In their own words, “Dinnerbuzz is designed to make it easier for you to find a place for dinner (and drinks)… Read More

  • Web 2.0 This Week (June 26 – July 1)

    Web 2.0 This Week (June 26 – July 1)

    Beginning today, we are going to link to and summarize important web 2.0 developments, essays, posts and announcements published during the previous week. Many of you may read Richard MacManus’ excellent web 2.0 Weekly Wrapup at his site (link). Richard, don’t think of this as stealing your idea. Rather, please consider our relatively poor imitation as a very sincere form of flattery. Read More

  • Profile: Google Earth

    Profile: Google Earth

    Service: Google Earth Launch Date: ??? What is it? Well, it’s going to be a cool tool that “combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips.” However, the download is delayed, so we can’t test it yet. The preview certainly looks cool though. When its live, we’ll profile… Read More

  • Profile: Userplane

    Profile: Userplane

    Company: Userplane Founded: 2001 Location: Los Angeles What is it? Userplane is an application service provider to web 2.0 companies. They offer a suite of easy-to-integrate services, built on the flash platform, including chat, group chat, a webrecoder and, soon, a sitesearch product. Typical Userplane customers are dating and social networking sites (any site that has users who would like… Read More

  • Profile: BoingBoing

    Profile: BoingBoing

    Company: BoingBoing Launched: January 21. 2000 (as a weblog) What is it? If you haven’t heard of BoingBoing, you are seriously behind in contemporary Internet culture. It is the number one most linked to blog according to Technorati (link), by a huge margin. It is a must-read every day here at Techcrunch. It is a self-described “directory of wonderful things”, and that it is. Read More

  • Profile: Gizmo

    Profile: Gizmo

    Company: Gizmo <img src='http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/gizmologo.gif&#039; alt='' border=1 / Launched: June 30, 2005 What is it? Gizmo is like skype but is built on open source. It’s available for Mac and Windows (3.1 mb download on windows), with a Linux version promised in August. A problem with Skype is that it is a closed silo – it will not… Read More

  • Profile: Vertical Leap Conference

    Profile: Vertical Leap Conference

    Event: Vertical Leap Date: Tuesday, June 28 2005, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM What was it? Vertical Leap was an exceptional one-day conference held in the heart of Silicon Valley earlier this week, hosted by Jeff Clavier and Dave McClure. In their own words, “A whole new crop of venture-funded startups focused on vertical search are beginning to enter the field and draw attention. Search… Read More

  • Profile: FeedNation

    Profile: FeedNation

    Company: FeedNation What is it? FeedNation is a web-based RSS aggregator that just opened up for business. It has some cool features, like RSS2Email that are very interesting. It looks like it supports tagging as well. Full Profile later. Tags: feednation, RSS, web2.0, techcrunch, RSS Readers Read More

  • Profile: Yahoo My Web 2.0

    Profile: Yahoo My Web 2.0

    Service: Yahoo My Web 2.0 Launched: June 29, 2005 What is it? MyWeb2.0 is a social search engine “that complements web search by enabling users to search the knowledge and expertise of their friends and community in addition to the web.” We’ve used and abused it for a day, and in our opinion it’s good – a bit like regular yahoo plus furl (profile). It was… Read More

  • Profile: Rainy Daze

    Profile: Rainy Daze

    Editor’s Note: This is about Rainy Daze, but it’s also about the evolution of web 1.0 to web 2.0 and Rainy Daze is a useful conduit for this discussion. Company: Rainy Daze

    Why is Rainy Daze being Profiled on Techcrunch? Rainy Daze is NOT web 2.0. It screams web 1.0. But there is a reason why its here. I read an article today (referred from What’s Web 2.0?) that was written… Read More

  • Profile: Feedster

    Profile: Feedster

    Company: Feedster Founded: March 2003 Status: Founded by Scott Johnson in March 2003. Merged with RSS-Search founded by François Schiettecatte in June 2003. Announced Series A funding on June 2, 2005 led by Selby Venture Partners. Other investors include Omidyar Network, members of the New York Angels, Kevin Hartz, co-founder of Xoom, Joe Kraus, co-founder of Excite and Jotspot, Josh… Read More

  • Update: Google Video Cracked

    Update: Google Video Cracked

    Service: Google Video Previous Posts: June 27, 2005. #1, #2 What’s new? Norwegian hacker cracks Google software A Norwegian guy took one day to crack Google’s new video viewer so that it plays video from any server, which is what VLC originally did. This is what Google should have done in the first place anyway. “The Norwegian who became a hacker hero for developing software… Read More