J. Michael Arrington is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of [TechCrunch](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/techcrunch), a blog that covers startups and technology news. Arrington was born in March 13, 1970.
Born in Huntington Beach, California, Arrington grew up in Huntington Beach, California and Surrey, England. He attended the [University of California, Berkeley](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/university-of-california-berkeley-2) and graduated from [Claremont McKenna College](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/claremont-mckenna-college-2) with a major in economics.
In 1995, he went on to [Stanford Law School](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/stanford-law-school). Arrington practiced corporate and securities law at [O’Melveny & Myers](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/omelveny-myers-llp), and [Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/wilson-sonsini-goodrich-rosati). His clients included [Idealab](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/idealab), [Netscape](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/netscape), [Pixar](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/pixar), [Apple](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/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](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/realnames) as VP of business development and general counsel. In 2000, he cofounded [Achex](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/achex), an online payments company that was later acquired by [First Data Corporation](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/first-data-corporation) for $32 million.
Arrington also 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 the COO to a Kleiner-backed company called [Razorgator](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/razorgator), and was consulted to other companies, including [Verisign](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/verisign-2).
In May 2008, Time Magazine named Michael Arrington as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.CrunchBase profile →
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