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

  • Google Reviews Profile

    Company: Google (Reviews) What is it? There’s not much on the web about this yet, but Google is apparently looking at the reviews space and has put a very light experiment up on their site. I say “light” because the only product reviews they have up as of today are for Star Wars III. It looks like the first post on Google Reviews was by Photo Matt in a post dated May 9, 2005. Read More

  • BackPack Profile

    Company: BackPack What is it? BackPack launched in early May 2005, and it is one of the defining web 2.0 applications. BackPack does one thing very, very well – organize your personal information online. It has a basic package that is free, and it is one of the first applications built on AJAX and Ruby on Rails. If you aren’t familiar with these development platforms, all you need… Read More

  • Plazes Profile

    Company: Plazes What is it? Plazes made an announcement at Reboot 7.0 in Copenhagen on June 10, 2005, although the service has been around since at least January. In their own words, “Plazes is the first global location-aware interaction and geo-information system, connecting you with the people and Plazes in your area and all over the world. It is the navigation system for your… Read More

  • FeedLounge Profile

    Company: FeedLounge

    What is it? The FeedLounge web-based RSS reader alpha was announced on June 9, 2005. Feedlounge is the newest entrant into the increasingly crowded RSS Reader space. Feedlounge is web-based, like Bloglines, Pluck, Kinja and Rojo, and has tagging (both feeds and posts), saving items indefinitely, and flagging items. Scott Sanders, one of the founders, writes in his blog… Read More

  • Technorati Beta Profile

    Company: Technorati (Public Beta Redesign) What is it? Technorati is Web 2.0 “old school”: one of the original (and best) real-time search engines. It requested customer feedback and has used it to launch an extensive redesign of their site as a public beta. The original site is still up at www.technorati.com and the beta, for now, is at beta.technorati.com. Technorati claims to… Read More