Rip Empson is a writer and rabble-rouser at TechCrunch. He covers startups. Why? Because some of those startups are the next Googles, Facebooks and Twitters of the world, they just can’t afford the office space yet. Plus, entrepreneurs tend to be more insane (and interesting) than the average human. Within the Whacky World Of Startups, Rip focuses on music, social, mobile, sports, health and education – with an emphasis on the latter two.
He’s a really great guy, and you might like him, but only if you call him after 9am PT. Only. Otherwise, he can be a little bit stabby.
He gets a lot of email, most of it Viagra spam, but also a few pitches. So if you don’t hear back from him right away, the first and only thing you should do is take it extremely personally. That usually helps. Then write a strongly-worded email.
Rip has been quoted by various people at various times – some of them publications referencing his work – some of them people mistakenly re-tweeting him thinking he’s Rip Torn. VCs have been investing in the companies he writes about for three years now and still haven’t thanked him. That’s not why he does this, granted, but it still just doesn’t seem very polite, does it?
He enjoys writing about not only startups and things that are disrupting the disruptable disruptions, but ideas that are actually going to change the world. And make it a better place. That’s why he follows book larnin’ tech and next-gen stethoscope apps. Also because he is a hypochondriac and never graduated from 5th grade. HUZZAH!
You can reach him at rip[at]techcrunch[dot]com … but don’t send him copy-and-pasted press releases, or he’ll say mean and nasty things behind your back even if he’s nice to your face.
As to what he’s doing right now? He’s either transferring his life savings from Scramble With Friends tokens to Bitcoin or vice versa. Hard to say, really.
Disclosure: Rip does want you to endorse him on LinkedIn, but don’t tell anyone about it, it’s embarrassing. It also turns out he owns shares in a technology-focused ETF, though he has absolutely no idea what that means. However, Google informs him that it’s an index fund that includes Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Oracle, Google, AT&T and Verizon. He does not hold any individual investments in these or any other tech companies. Or does he? Just kidding, he doesn’t.